Histotechnologist

Job Title:

Histotechnologist

Summary:

Prepares, cuts, stains, and mounts tissue sections on slides to assist pathologists in making correct diagnosis of patient disease, cause of death, and in studies of pathology phenomena.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:

1. Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
2. Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination using microtomes.
3. Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
4. Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax.
5. Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
6. Maintain laboratory equipment such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
7. Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or micro incinerate tissue samples.
8. Freeze tissue specimens.
9. Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
10. Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
11. Complies with all State, Federal, professional regulations as well as department rules, policies and procedural manuals.
12. Adherence to HIPAA, Safety and OSHA Regulations.
13. Performs other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None

Education/Experience/Requirements:

  • Degree from an approved school of histotechnology
  • 0-5 years’ experience as a histotech

Histotechnologist In Training requires a State Histology Trainee License and 50% completion of total class work

Certificates/Licenses/Registrations:

State Histotechnologist License
ASCP Certification

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

• Knowledge of medical terminology, clinical laboratory policies, procedures, practices, and laboratory standards to evaluate department and recommend improvement.
• Knowledge of laboratory equipment and testing to monitor quality control checks and determine needs and evaluate equipment for purchase.
• Knowledge of clinic protocols and safety, infection control policies and regulations
• Knowledge of CLIA regulations regarding, proficiency testing, quality assurance and quality control.
• Skill following appropriate testing procedures
• Ability to communicate clearly.

Equipment:

Computers, specialized instruments and equipment such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.

Physician Demands:

The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear, taste or smell, oral comprehension and expression, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, visual acuity, visual color discrimination, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

Laboratory work environment with possible exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, blood borne pathogens and chemical hazards, sharp instruments and bodily fluids.

HIPAA Security Level:

High

Aurora Diagnostics offers a competitive compensation package and outstanding benefits. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume along with your salary history and requirements to hrrecruiter@auroradx.com.

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Work Place