- Perform procedures of basic histologic laboratory techniques, instrumentation and problem solving at the HT entry-level competency.
- Demonstrate knowledge of general and specific histologic methodology.
- Perform procedures with accuracy and precision.
- Monitor internal and external quality assurance measures.
- Demonstrate knowledge of operational principles of commonly used laboratory instruments to include the ability to perform daily preventative maintenance and correct simple malfunctions.
- Exercise independent judgment regarding choice of procedure and evaluation of results.
- Organize tasks to cope with volume of work and unexpected demands.
- Communicate effectively with Clinical Education Supervisor and Program Director regarding curriculum and training courses.
- Effectively organize and present information both in written assignments and oral communication.
- Communicate effectively with other laboratory and health care providers.
- Display an attitude reflecting pride and professionalism in daily laboratory duties.
- Demonstrate adaptability, integrity, initiative, neatness, maturity, stability and a desire for excellence.
- Receiving and accessioning tissue specimens
- Preparing tissue specimens for microscopic examinations, including all routine procedures
- Assisting with gross examination and frozen section procedures in histopathology
- Identifying tissue structures and their staining characteristics
- Performing preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or referring to appropriate sources for repairs
- Recognizing factors that affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate action within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated
- Performing and monitoring quality control within predetermined limits
- Applying principles of safety
- Demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public
- Recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and healthcare professionals and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care
- Recognizing and acting upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence
- Exercising principles of management, safety, and supervision, as the primary analyst making specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of criteria values
From “NAACLS Standards for Accredited and Approved Programs”, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
The IU School of Medicine Histotechnology Program (certificate level) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Chicago, Illinois, 312-714-8880