Job Description

Job Title: Histologist
Job ID: 671380
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Day with Rotation
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Histology
Location: , Altoona PA


Full Time - Day Shift/Rot

Posted:  3/1/2018


Is responsible for the duties and activities assigned by the Histology Supervisor. In the absence of the Histology Supervisor is responsible for all the duties of the Histology Supervisor.


  • Cuts sections of tissue with microtome.
  • Embeds surgical specimens
  • Fixes, dehydrates, clears and impregnates tissue using a tissue processor
  • Mounts surgical and autopsy slides.
  • Performs special stains
  • Prepares frozen sections of tissue.
  • Prepares specimens by frozen section method by placing tissue on freezing stage of a cryostat, cutting sections, staining the cut slides and mounting them in order for the pathologist to make a microscopic diagnosis.
  • Prepares tissue specimens by treating with chemicals, cutting and mounting on glass slides for microscopic examination.
  • Receives specimens from surgical or diagnostic cases and from autopsy, sorts them in accordance with priority and difficulty of work and identifies specimens by number.
  • Trims specimens into blocks and fixes tissues in formalin or other fixatives for prescribed length of time to kill any organisms present and preserve cellular composition


Registered HT who is a graduate of an ASCP approved 12 month histology technology training program.  ASCP required within one year of appointment.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Histotechnologist

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $18.16 to $29.12

Union Position: No

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