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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 315J
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Prepare tissue specimens for and/or conduct histological examinations and analyses.


Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examination and analysis; maintain laboratory equipment and records.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under direct supervision, prepare tissue for microscopic analysis.

Typical Work

Receive and accession specimens; fix, process and embed tissues; record complete patient information either manually or by computer; 

Prepare specimens by frozen section methods; 

Cut thin sections of specimens, using various types of microtomes; mount, stain, and label slides; 

Perform special stain techniques; assess completed work prior to distribution; 

Prepare reagents, dyes and solutions in accordance with standard procedures; 

Maintain laboratory equipment, records and files; 

Enter to the computer patient and specimen information from pathology requisition slips; verify completed work via the computer; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

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.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) approved school 


  Two years of experience in histologic technique. 


Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Title and Class: 12-14-73
Revise Class: 3-3-89
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 6380) effective July 1, 2007