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Histotechnician/Histotechnologist

Description

UPMC Presbyterian is hiring a full-time Histotechnician or Histotechnologist to support the Histology Lab! This role will be scheduled daylight shifts with variable start times between 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday thru Friday.

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.

Histotechnician/Histotechnologist Sign-On Bonus Details:
$12,500 for a 3-year commitment

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates complete knowledge of CoPath related to Histology workflow.
  • Complies with all UPMC and departmental policies, procedures and work practices.
  • Demonstrates progression of skills towards working independently in an advanced staining area.
  • Performs ancillary or miscellaneous tasks such as filing, cleaning, stocking supplies.
  • Performs QC checks at each phase of processing/ staining
  • Processes and prepares surgical and autopsy tissue specimens for embedding, cutting, staining and coverslipping.
  • Embeds and cuts specialized tissue based on location including minute biopsy protocols.
  • Supports the academic mission of the 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.
  • Maintains 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.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Am Society Clinical PathologyHistology Technician (HT) certification from ASCP is required within 1 year of hire.
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology

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