UnityPoint Health

Histology Technologist-Licensed

Requisition ID
221 NE Glen Oak Ave
5020 UnityPoint Health Methodist Medical Center
Laboratory- MMCI
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Various, M-F, No weekends, No Holidays
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Job Title:  Histology Technologist - Licensed

Location:  Methodist

Shift:  Various, M-F, no weekends or holidays

Hours per week: 40


Using technical skills and knowledge, the Histology Technician prepares slides of body tissues to be used by the pathologist for analysis and diagnostic purposes.  This includes, but is not limited to:  Accessioning, assisting with gross dissection, processing tissue, embedding, microtomy, routine, special and immunohistochemical staining, coverslipping, and performance of frozen sections. 


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COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Requirement: It is required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and Influenza. Exemption requests based on medical or religious reasons may be submitted, but must be approved for active employment. 



1.       Demonstrates technical skills required to embed, section, stain and label tissue specimens.

score: N/A

·            Demonstrates knowledge and skill in embedding.

·            Adjusts embedding technique to meet the request of the pathologist.

·            Demonstrates knowledge and skill in sectioning paraffin embedded tissues at appropriate thicknesses.

·            Follows established protocols for number of slides, thickness, deepness between levels.

·            Demonstrates knowledge and skill in sectioning frozen tissue specimens and assisting during interoperative consultations.  Responds quickly and efficiently to these requests and understands the importance to the patient. 

·            Understands and has the ability to troubleshoot routine H&E stains. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in performing this manually if needed due to instrumentation issues.

·            Understands and has the ability to troubleshoot Special Stains. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in performing these manually if needed due to instrumentation issues.

·            Demonstrates knowledge and skill in performing immunohistochemical (IHC) stains.

·            Displays a willingness to adapt to change as the department grows and evolves.

·            Utilizes proper technique as defined by each individual procedure.

·            Checks controls for quality of work and repeats testing as required.

·            Consults with pathologist about problem specimens. Involves others when necessary.

·            Observes safety guidelines.

·            Organizes work priorities to provide exceptional service and turnaround time.

2.       Participates in support activities necessary to ensure an effective and efficient operation

score: N/A

·            Contributes ideas and assists in implementing changes to ensure efficient operation of the department.

·            Supports co-workers by assisting in department support activities: takes temperatures, labels and dates all reagents, checks reagents for outdating and discards as needed, restocks reagents and supplies, notifies appropriate person when inventory is low, changes tissue processors, changes staining reagents, discards tissues, sends slides and blocks which are 5-10 years old to off-site storage facility, recycles xylene and alcohol, files blocks and slides.

·            Disposes of chemical wastes appropriately

·            Cleans and maintains instruments, refrigerators, freezers and work and storage areas.

·            Displays a willingness and interest in learning new instruments or procedures or in cross training into other areas.

·            Generates and reads email daily.

·            Provides support for other laboratory sections by assisting when staffing shortages or heavy workload events occur and helping to maintain lounge areas used in all sections. Demonstrates a teamwork mentality.

·            Information from written documents/communications are reviewed, retained and appropriately applied.  Manuals and procedures are used as reference/learning tools. 

·            Answers the phone using Service Always Behaviors and follows through on all requests appropriately. 

·            Aids in training and orientation of less experienced employees, students and others as delegated. 

·            Adjusts schedule to meet changes in workload or at the direction of the manager.  Schedules appointments on days off when possible.

·            Supports Histology department by consistently offering help to others. 

·            Minimizes Overtime, takes time back as needed without prompting, volunteers to help others to ensure overtime is not accrued. 

·            Asks for help when needed, demonstrating good communication skills. 

·            Regularly attends staff meetings and disseminates information to those who cannot attend.  Reads minutes from unattended meetings to keep abreast of changes.

·            Other duties as assigned. 

Basic UPH Performance Criteria         

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.








·         Associate’s Degree in a biological, chemical, or medical laboratory science  OR

·         Completion of 60 hours of college credit with 24 hours being in biology, chemistry, and/or medical laboratory science (6 hours of biology, 6 hours of chemistry required.  12 hours can be a combination biology/chemistry/medical laboratory science)                           

















Required English Skills

1.       Basic reading skills

2.       Basic writing skills

3.        Basic oral skills

Communication Skills

1.       Ability to respond appropriately to customer/co-worker

2.       Interaction with a wide variety of people

3.       Maintain confidential information

4.       Ability to communicate only the facts to recipients or to decline to reveal information

5.       Ability to project a professional, friendly, helpful demeanor



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