Job DescriptionSCOPE OF POSITION
The Histotechnologist (Baccalaureate) is responsible for the
independent performance of complex and specialized testing on
anatomical tissue and body fluid specimens that aid in the
diagnosis and treatment of disease. This position's
responsibilities include but are not limited to the demonstration
of both practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of
procedures in the pathology/histology areas; the recognition of
deviations in expected results; the analysis of technical problems
and the ability to make the necessary corrections to achieve
quality results; and the capability to operate, maintain,
troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation and equipment. In addition
the ability to recognize quality control deviations; communicate
problems to management, pathologists, as well as staff members; and
assist with problem resolutions is also a requirement.
The scope of care does not involve direct patient contact. The
Histotechnologist (Baccalaureate) supports Ballad's Service
Excellence and Performance Improvement Programs to ensure services
exceed quality and customer service standards. The responsibility
of supporting a self-directed laboratory team concept is
demonstrated by having a positive attitude, willing to give and
accept constructive criticism as well as always maintaining a high
quality work standard. The Histotechnologist is required to provide
didactic and clinical technique instructions to students and new
A high degree of cooperation, consideration, and sensitivity is
essential when communicating with patients, visitors, physicians,
and other hospital personnel. This position may be required to act
as the primary professional contact with outside agencies including
reference laboratories and others. The Histotechnologist must be
able to demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness to resolve
problems and develop workable solutions.
The Histotechnologist (Baccalaureate) understands and promotes
high standards of ethical behavior including the need for the
strict confidentiality of all patient medical information.
See Table of Organization.
A Baccalaureate Degree is required.
Knowledge and experience of all advanced special stains
including IHC, quality control and preventative maintenance is
Computer literacy including the ability to effectively use word
processing and spreadsheet software is required. Training can be
provided for these skills.
Certification as a Histotechnologist (HTL) by a nationally
recognized accrediting agency - the American Society of Clinical
Pathologist is required. Annual certification renewal is