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Chief Histology Technician Duties

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This is a high supervisory and technical position in the preparation of tissue specimens for pathological examinations. The incumbent of this position is responsible for planning and supervising the work activities of other Histology Technicians. Work involves instructing other technicians in histologic techniques when there are difficult work assignments. Work also involves the training of new technicians and assigning work areas and duties. The incumbent is responsible for getting work out on time and without error. Work is reviewed by a pathologist and instructions are received from same.


Plans and supervises the work activities of seven other technicians.

Instructs technicians in histologic techniques and procedures when there are difficult work assignments.

Checks each slide microscopically for quality before they leave the laboratory, therefore assuming full responsibility for work being done in the laboratory.

Terminates and recommends replacements of technicians; trains all new technicians and gives theoretical instructions to technicians preparing to take the certification examination for membership in the American

Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Orders all supplies and equipment for the laboratory, and has control of expenditures with budgetary allocation.

Consults with doctors and students concerning proper fixation and staining methods of tissue for diagnosis.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school and a minimum of two years of college with major course work in Chemistry. At least five years experience in a department of pathology, or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Candidates for this position must possess, at the time of appointment, certification as a Histology Technician from the Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologist.

Extensive knowledge of the principles and procedures of laboratory science.

Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of histologic techniques.

Thorough knowledge of the proper fixation and staining methods of tissue.

Some knowledge of budgetary procedures.

Some knowledge of ordering supplies and equipment.

Ability to plan and organize work schedules for subordinates.

Ability to supervise technical personnel.



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