State of Washington Classified Job Specification
ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY TECHNICIAN
Prepare specimens and perform examination by microscope, instrumentation, computer, and current methodology; guide and instruct Anatomic Pathology Technician Trainees, laboratory assistants and others.
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.
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.
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, 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
Class Specification History
New Class: 11-12-93
Revise Class/MQ: 7-9-99
Revised new class code: (formerly 6326) effective July 1, 2007