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Class Code: 315F
Category: Health Care


Prepare specimens and perform examination by microscope, instrumentation, computer, and current methodology; guide and instruct Anatomic Pathology Technician Trainees, laboratory assistants and others.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, prepare specimens for examination by microscope instrumentation, computer, and current methodology; acquire, examine and prepare specimens for analysis; provide procedural information and specimen protocol to medical or academic staff, personnel from referring institutions/agencies, and new employees.

Typical Work

Monitor and perform quality control of specimens; determine disposition of improperly handled specimens; identify problems, take corrective action, notify supervisor of action taken and monitor follow-up solutions; 

Perform procedures in pathology services, such as histology, flow cytometry, renal biopsy, electron microscopy, autopsy, molecular pathology and immunocytochemistry; 

Perform histology procedures pertaining to preparation of microscopic slides, such as processing, embedding, microtomy, hematoxylin and eosin (H & E) staining, special staining, and coverslipping slides; 

Review requests to determine appropriate techniques or procedures for various types of specimens; assist physician at patient bedside with collection and preparation of biopsies and aspirates; advise pathologist/resident as to specimen adequacy for processing; 

Process specimens; cut thick and thin sections; process photographic prints;

Assist in the autopsy for removal of organs; prepare body for transport; preserve and store specimens; provide disposal of fresh and fixed tissue; retrieve and prepare specimen for scheduled conferences and classes; 

Perform immunoperoxidase and immunofluorescence procedures; determine correct concentration of new antibodies using checkerboard titration; 

Process specimens and perform flow cytometric analysis;

Evaluate cell cycle data and histograms; obtain supporting literature according to tumor type; 

Perform molecular pathology tests; provide results for interpretation by extracting DNA from specimen; amplify DNA target site; identify the presence of a virus or bacterium with specific probes; 

Maintain safe working environment by following all safety regulations; 

Instruct and orient pathology residents; provide procedural information and specimen protocol to medical staff, personnel from referring institutions, and new employees; identify appropriate protocol for specimen distribution; 

Train new employees in pathology procedures, preparation of reagents, and in the proper use and theory of laboratory instrumentation; 

Analyze and determine cause(s) of instrument malfunction, notify supervisor, and take corrective action; maintain quality control of instruments; evaluate new products and instruments to provide input in decision process; 

Record complete patient information; maintain comprehensive records of procedures; 

May assist in developing policies and procedures and developing budgets; 

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

Certified, or certified within two years from the date of hire, at the Technician level by a nationally recognized certifying agency such as the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists or the Microscopy Society of America 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class:  11-12-93
Revise Class/MQ: 7-9-99
Revised new class code:  (formerly  6326)  effective July 1, 2007