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Histology Technician Duties

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This is routine technical work in the preparation of tissue specimens for pathological examination.
Work involves responsibility for accuracy in preparing, cutting, staining, and mounting tissue sections to assist pathologists in making correct diagnosis of patient's disease and cause of death; in teaching pathology and in studies of pathologic phenomena. Employees of this class receive technical guidance at the beginning of employment; however, as experience is gained, the degree of technical guidance lessens. Work is performed in accordance with standard laboratory practices and procedures under the supervision of a technical superior who reviews work in progress and upon completion.


Fills electric tissue float; turns on tissue dryer; sets up metal embedding blocks.

Pours hot paraffin into blocks; places tissue and autopsy ticket in blocks; places blocks into iced water; removes molded paraffin blocks; trims blocks; puts tissues in numerical order; puts tissue on metal block holders.

Sets up microtome; cuts tissue; floats tissue on electric water bath; picks up tissue on slide; dries tissue on electric dryer.

Stains tissue; places coverslip on slide; prepares case card.

Prepares solutions and reagents in accordance with standard formulae; sharpens and hones microtome knives; cleans and maintains laboratory equipment; keeps routine records of work performed.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school, including course work in the natural sciences, and preferably some experience in laboratory work; or any equivalent of training and experience.

Some knowledge of the basic principles and procedures of laboratory science.

Ability to learn the principles and practices of histologic techniques.

Ability to perform assigned tasks according to exactly prescribed procedures and to make accurate observations of results.



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