The Histotechnologist / Histotechnician (Histo Tech) is responsible for cutting, staining and preparing tissue samples for the pathologist to review. They are also responsible for prioritizing testing procedures and completing those procedures in an accurate and timely manner and maintaining proper accurate records of all tests done in accordance with established policies, procedures and regulations.
Use automated equipment and instruments including microscopes, microtomes and other lab equipment.
Trim tissue specimens into blocks and fix tissue into fixing solution or formalin.
Prepare slides of specimens using specified stain to enhance visibility under microscope.
Examine slides under microscope to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
Examine/study slides under microscope to detect deviations from norm and report abnormalities which may require further study.
Fix, dehydrate, and infiltrate with wax tissue specimens to be preserved for study by Pathologist.
Prepare media, chemicals, reagents and solutions.
Maintain accurate documentation, including computerized documentation, in accordance with established policies, procedures and regulations.
Establish and monitor quality control programs.
Maintain inventory of supplies, material and equipment.
Maintain and clean equipment and instruments as per established procedures and manufacturer’s instructions.
Responsible for performing tasks that are within the scope of his/her educational preparation, knowledge and permitted by the policies.
Education: Graduate of accredited Histotechnology program
Licensing and Certification: American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Histotechnologist (HTL) or Histotechnician (HT) certification required.
Training and experience: One year of current experience within the last three years in a comparable job classification required.
Educated on and compliant with HIPAA regulations; maintains strict confidentiality of client information.
Complies with Infection Control, Standard Precautions and OSHA standards for the healthcare professional.
Able to wear personal protective equipment (e.g., face mask, goggles, latex/non-latex gloves) as needed.
Ability to work effectively within role independently and with other team members.
Ability to organize and complete work in a timely manner.
Ability to read, write and effectively communicate in English.
Ability to understand medical/surgical terminology.
Physical Demands-Stooping, turning, bending, squatting, kneeling and the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.