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Job: Histology Technician

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center

Job Description

Job Type: PRN, Hourly

Wage: $23.45-$28.39/hr.

Location: Salida, CO.

Job Description

HRRMC's Lab department has a PRN Histology Tech position available. PRN employees receive an 8% pay differential. Certificate in Histology is desirable, but not required. Apply through UKG.


The histotech performs routine and special histopathology procedures from surgical material for microscopic study. The histotech performs special histochemical procedures; is responsible for QA and CQI of the histology section; is responsible for the maintenance of the histology section. The histotech performs cytology preparation for immediate cytologic adequacy examinations (Diff Quick). The histotech wil be responsible for maintaining procedure manuals, regulatory requirements in the Histology section. Grossing in specimens under the supervision of the Pathologist will be performed by histotechs who meet CLIA standards for high complexity testing.


1. Performs routine histopathology procedures.

  • Completes surgical pathology. This includes identification, embedding, cutting, mounting and H&E staining. (in/outpatient, outpatient, doctors' offices and other hospitals).
  •  Accurately identifies and embeds in the correct cassette all tissue specimens to ensure proper patient diagnosis.
  •  Performs the cutting and mounting of each tissue specimen to acceptable standards per pathologist and procedure manual on a regular basis.
  •  Performs H&E staining and cover slipping for all tissue specimens by noon of each day with minimal re-cuts.

2. Performs special histochemical procedures.

  • Completes special histochemical procedures; special staining.
  •  Prepares frozen section (stat) for immediate diagnostic interpretation by pathologist and maintains quality assurance data.

3. Performs cytology preparation for immediate cytological adequacy examinations (Diff-Quick stain).

  •  Including identification, appropriate processing.
  •  Logs in all specimens accurately.
  •  Accurately identifies and processes in the correct manner to ensure proper patient diagnosis.
  • Stains each specimen according to protocol

4. Assists at bedside for bone marrow aspirate and biopsy collection. Processes bone marrow aspirate clot sections, smears and biopsies.

5. Maintains a quality histology and cytology section (Immediate cytologic adequacy exam only).

  •  The histotech maintains histology and cytology section supplies, safety, preventive maintenance and files.
  •  Maintains and performs send-out cases to referral facilities at request of pathologist or patient.
  •  Orders all needed supplies by Friday each week.
  •  Checks in all supplies and labels with appropriate sticker and/or hazardous materials sticker as received.
  •  Utilizes computer inventory control system according to procedure.
  •  Demonstrates ongoing knowledge of safety rules, safety devices and hazardous chemicals used in histology and the lab by annual review of Safety Policies and required education.
  •  Maintains current filing system for retrieval of data for comparisons with currently sent cases as needed.
  •  Correlates preventative maintenance with other lab sections and /or participates in research and purchase of new equipment

6. Meets CLIA standards for high complexity testing and performs tissue grossing on selected specimens with the Pathologist’s direction and oversight.

  •  Including identification, appropriate processing.
  •  Logs in all specimens accurately.
  •  Dictates findings for inclusion on the final report.
  •  Accurately identifies and processes in the correct manner to ensure proper patient diagnosis.



Possess at least an associates degree or a minimum of 60 credit hours of college level courses in 24 of which in the biological sciences to meet the CLIA regulations for high complexity testing.


  • Meets the CLIA regulations for high complexity testing.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Certificate in Histology is desireable, but no required


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a negative drug screen test*, criminal background check, reference checks, infection prevention procedures (TB test, Flu Shot, immunization records, etc.), physical capacity profile and acknowledgement of policies. 

**Disclaimer: The duties and responsibilities described above are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee, time to time; the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands. Click “Visit” below for more detail on this specific job.

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