State of Washington Classified Job Specification
HISTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN 2
Class Series Concept
Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic analysis; guide and instruct Histologic Technician 1's, laboratory assistants and others.
Under general supervision, prepare tissue for microscopic analysis; assist medical staff in acquisition and examination of specimens; provide guidance to other staff.
Monitor and perform quality control of specimens; perform initial examination of prepared specimens; determine disposition of improperly handled specimens; identify problems, take corrective action, notify supervisor of action taken and monitor follow-up solutions;
Perform all histologic procedures pertaining to preparation of microscopic slides such as processing, embedding, microtomy, staining and coverslipping;
Perform animal fixations and tissue dissections;
Perform special stain techniques such as silver stain; modify and adapt new procedures; prepare reagents, dyes and solutions;
Conduct procedures for renal/cardiac pathology and muscle biopsy;
Examine and dictate gross description of selected tissue specimens;
Assist pathologist/resident in the gross examination of surgical specimens; interpret requests and determine appropriate techniques or procedures for various types of tissue specimens;
Assist physician/pathologist at patient bedside for collection and preparation of biopsies and aspirates; advise physician/pathologist as to specimen adequacy;
Distribute material to appropriate laboratories;
Instruct and orient pathology residents; provide procedural information to medical staff, physicians/pathologists, outside medical personnel and new employees;
Identify appropriate protocol for specimen distribution to and from hospital departments and other outside sources/inquiries;
Analyze and determine cause(s) of instrument malfunction, take corrective action and monitor follow-up; maintain quality control of instruments; evaluate new products and instruments to provide input in decision process;
Record complete patient information either manually or by computer; maintain comprehensive records of procedures;
Perform related duties as required.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Certified as a Histologic Technician by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)
Completion of a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) approved school course of study
One year of experience in a clinical or research laboratory
Three years of experience in a clinical laboratory
Class Specification History
New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Title and Class: 12-14-73
Revise Class: 3-3-89
Revise Minimum Qualifications: 4-6-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 6381) effective July 1, 2007