The Senior Histology Specialist reports to the Laboratory
Supervisor of Histology and assists the Lab Supervisor in training
of other histotechnologists, maintains quality control standards
for the laboratory and is able to assume daily operations as
Trains new technologists on proper procedures and techniques,
evaluates new technology for clinical application and assists in
updating procedure manuals for laboratory inspections and
accreditations such JC.
Receives blocks, helps account for all blocks received, helps
with any problems associated with slides and blocks.
Makes sure the work is done in the assigned area.
Reports any issues to the Supervisor.
Embed specimens ensuring proper orientation. Produces 4 micron
sections using a microtome and appropriate knives; floats sections
on a water bath; collects sections on a glass slide; dries in a
slide dryer for a specified time.
Stains slides, with routine H&E and frozen special stains
according to approved procedures to enhance certain tissue elements
required for diagnosis. Coverslips and labels stained slides.
Examines slides with a microscope to ascertain that the results are
Ensures all blocks and slides are clerically correct. Assembles
and collates slides. Distribute slides to residents and staff
Determines when prescribed techniques and apparatus should be
modified in order to meet required quality standards.
Prepares specimens for a rapid frozen section diagnosis using
liquid nitrogen and a cryostat microtome. Stains frozen sections
using various stains.
Able to program and utilize all laboratory equipment.
Maintains quality control logs and monitors daily completion of
Maintains inventory and orders supplies as needed.
Responsible for quality control of all reagents.
Learn to use LIS system to perform daily lab operations and
Shares responsibility for preparation of solutions and reagents
in accordance with approved procedures. Maintains quality control
records. Keeps accurate records of blocks and slides produced.
Files tissue blocks, ensuring each is properly labeled.
Will be required to rotate through the duties of an
Immunohistochemistry Sr. Histology Technician.
Must be able to correctly and accurately embed all human tissue
to include skin and or animal tissues. Must follow minimum national
cutting standards of 50 blocks per hour embedding and 30 slides per
Must be able cut artifact free two micrometer sections
Must be able to perform a high quality manual H&E stain
Must be able to competently perform all special and
immunohistochemistry stains with minimum supervision using both
manual and automated methodologies
Must have the ability to follow established technical, safety
and clerical procedures
Must have manual dexterity and motor coordination
Be attentive to detail and precise in performing technical
Must have thorough understanding of the theories, practice and
techniques used in histology to include fixation, decalcification,
processing, embedding, microtomy, routine and special stains and
Must be able to impart this knowledge to others including junior
technical or clerical staff and residents.
Must be able to trouble shoot and rectify problems without
Must be fully competent with all laboratory instrumentation to
include pH meter, balances, microtomes, tissue processors,
cryostats, coverslippers, etc.
Must be able to prepare percent, molar and normal solutions and
Current topics review and explanation of theory highly
Various other duties as assigned such as special projects
assigned by Laboratory Supervisor or Technical Director.
Must be registered HT(ASCP) or HLT(ASCP)
Minimum of a high school degree or graduate of a NCCALS approved
school of Histotechnology or Associates Degree; Bachelors Degree
Six to ten years clinical based experience.