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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 315E
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Prepare specimens and perform procedures using microscope, instrumentation, computer and current methodology in various services of anatomic pathology, such as histology, flow cytometry, electron microscopy, molecular pathology, immunocytochemistry, renal biopsy, and autopsy.


Participate in on-the-job training preparing specimens for examination by microscope, instrumentation, computer, and current methodology.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under direct supervision, learn to prepare specimens for examination by microscope, instrumentation, computer, and current methodology.

Typical Work

Participate in on-the-job training to learn to: 

  • Perform pathology procedures in assigned service such as histology, flow cytometry, renal biopsy, electron microscopy, autopsy, molecular pathology, and immunocytochemistry;  
  • Monitor and perform quality control of specimens; notify supervisor of improperly handled specimens; identify problems, take corrective action;  
  • 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;  
  • 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; maintain documentation of all procedures;  
  • 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;  
  • 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; 

Maintain safe work environment by following safety regulations; 

Document complete patient information; maintain comprehensive records of procedures; 

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

High school graduation


Six semester hours (9 quarter hours) of biological and physical science 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class:  11-12-93
Revise Class:  7-9-99
Revised new class code:  (formerly  6325)  effective July 1, 2007