Stains, mounts, and studies cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Submits slides with abnormal cell structures to pathologists for further examination.
- Examines cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.
- Provides patient clinical data or microscopic findings to assist pathologists in the preparation of pathology reports.
- Documents specimens by verifying patients' and specimens' information.
- Maintains effective laboratory operations by adhering to standards of specimen collection, preparation, or laboratory safety.
- Prepares and analyzes samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear body fluids and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), to detect abnormal conditions.
- Examines specimens, using microscopes, to evaluate specimen quality.
- Assists pathologists or other physicians to collect cell samples by fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy or other method.
- Assigns tasks or coordinates task assignments to ensure adequate performance of laboratory activities.
- Adjusts, maintains, or repairs laboratory equipment, such as microscopes.