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Histology Technician Duties

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This is technical work involving 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 may assist in training lower level technicians and may ensure that work progresses in the absence of a supervisor. Work is performed in accordance with standard laboratory practices and procedures and technical guidance is available for more unusual cases of technical problems. Work is performed under the supervision of a technical superior who reviews procedures and results.


Receives specimens of tissue from surgical or diagnostic cases and from autopsies; sorts them in accordance with priority and difficulty of work and identifies them by number.

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.

Assists in training lower level technicians; embeds, sections, and stains extra large blocks which must be processed by hand; assists pathologists in dissecting surgical specimens; prepares monthly reports.

Performs related work as required.

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

Considerable knowledge of the principles and procedures of laboratory science.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of histologic techniques.

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

Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.



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