Histological Technician - A.A.S.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with clinical instructors and other laboratory personnel.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, and other health care personnel.
- Perform routine procedures and laboratory tasks while practicing technical skills to improve proficiency and confidence in the lab.
- Demonstrate proper lab safety techniques, and biohazard and chemical handling.
- Describe and demonstrate standard quality assurance procedures in the histological laboratory.
- State how quality control (QC) is monitored for the different procedures and instrumentation in the laboratory, how QC performance records are evaluated, and the proper corrective actions to be taken if QC values are outside established limits.
- Recognize factors that affect procedures and results and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits.
- Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on laboratory equipment within predetermined limits.
- Identify the components, function, and maintenance of a light microscope.
- Describe a three-dimensional component (object) from a two-dimensional image seen under the microscope.
- Identify tissue specimens both grossly and microscopically
- Identify specific cells and tissues, as well as recognize selected common histological stains.
- Relate the microanatomy and gross anatomical morphology of cells, tissues, and organ systems studied to their functions.
- Demonstrate proper histological preservation and fixation methods for tissue specimens received for examination and diagnosis.
- Process, embed, section and stain paraffin embedded tissue.
- Freeze, section, and stain tissue specimens for rapid diagnosis or special component preservation as an alternative to paraffin techniques.
- Describe the physical and chemical basis for staining histological specimens.
- Describe procedures in specialty areas such as immunnohistochemical staining, in situ hybridization techniques, electron microscopy and cytotechnology.
- Apply theoretical concepts to practical applications as they relate to histology.
Histological Technicians work closely with pathologists and play an integral role in aiding patient diagnosis. They use their knowledge of tissues, pathological conditions and precision equipment to process, section and stain patient specimens. The precision, quality and timeliness of the specimen preparation directly impacts diagnosis and ultimately patient care.
If you are fascinated by the complex way the body works and you like to work with your hands, if you have an inquisitive mind and have always been fascinated by medical research and the solutions it pursues, then Histological Technician may well be the career for you.
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