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Histotechnician/Histotechnologist

  • Job ID: 21000277
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Varied daylight w/ rotating on-call holidays
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
  • Department: Histology Lab
  • Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $19.41 to $32.25 / hour

Description

UPMC Presbyterian is hiring a Histotechnician or Histotechnologist to support the Histology Lab! The Histology Lab is a high-volume, fast-paced facility where you will have the opportunity to make an impact on life-changing medicine. This lab offers an encouraging and positive work environment, a collaborative team that works closely together, and opportunities for engagement, growth, and recognition.

Why UPMC?
We don't just take care of our patients - we take care of our team too. In addition to our competitive benefits package, you can expect:
  • A generous sign-on bonus of up to $12,500 to those who qualify at the Histotechnician/Histotechnologist level.
  • A career ladder that provides opportunities for lab associates to enjoy more professional challenges, promotional opportunities, and career enhancement.
  • An AWARD-WINNING WORKPLACE: 
    • UPMC was ranked #1 for "Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers" by Diversity MBA Magazine’s: 50 Out Front Companies for two years in a row.
    • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties.
      • It is ranked #1 in Pittsburgh and #2 in Pennsylvania.
Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. The Histotechnologist role starts at $20.97/hr.
 
Purpose:
Process and prepare various types of tissue samples using a variety of techniques in a clinical laboratory.

Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrate complete knowledge of CoPath related to Histology workflow.
  • Comply with all UPMC and departmental policies, procedures, and work practices.
  • Demonstrates progression of skills towards working independently in an advanced staining area.
  • Perform ancillary or miscellaneous tasks such as filing, cleaning, stocking supplies.
  • Perform QC checks at each phase of processing/staining.
  • Process and prepare surgical and autopsy tissue specimens for embedding, cutting, staining, and coverslipping.  
  • Embed and cut specialized tissue based on location including minute biopsy protocols.
  • Supports academic mission of department.
  • Ensures all tissues are embedded and cut according to department-specific protocols with proper orientation and complete sections including no folds, chatter, artifacts or floaters.
  • Accurately prepares slides for microtomy using the barcode label in order to maintain correct patient identification throughout the process.
  • Maintain instruments following quality control specifications and daily maintenance protocols.

Qualifications

Histotechnician:
  • High school diploma. 
  • Completion of the educational requirements needed to take the Histotechnician (HT) exam:
    • Successful completion of a NAACLS accredited HT program within the last 5 years OR;
    • Associate's Degree or at least 60 semester hours of academic credit from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 12 semester hours of biology and chemistry. 
  • 1 year of clinical laboratory experience post-training is preferred.
Histotechnologist:
  • Completion of the educational requirements needed in order to take the Histotechnologist (HTL) certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP):
    • B.S. Degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours of biology and chemistry AND successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnician or Histotechnology program within the last 5 years OR;
    • B.S. Degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry AND one year full time acceptable experience in a histopathology laboratory in the U.S., Canada or a CAP/The Joint Commission (JCAHO)/AABB accredited laboratory within the last 10 years. 
  • Experience must be under the supervision of a pathologist (certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology) or an appropriately board certified medical scientist. 
  • 1 year of full time experience in a histology laboratory preferred.
Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education.
 
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Histotechnician (HT) or Histotechnologist (HTL) certification from the ASCP is required within 1 year of hire.
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • Act 34
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