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Level of instruction: Beginning to intermediate
Intended audience: This course is intended for histology bench technicians and technologists, new staff, and students.
Author information: Joelle Weaver MAOM, HTL(ASCP), QIHC is a certified histotechnologist HTL from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) with experience in clinical, research, and reference histopathology. She has received qualification from the ASCP in Immunohistochemistry and is a local ASCP representative for the Nashville, Tennessee area. Joelle's bachelor's degree was received from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and her master's degree was awarded from Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. She is also a graduate of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnology Program. Positions held include education coordinator, lead instructor, and program director of a NAACLS accredited HT certification training program.
Reviewer information: David W. Anderson, HT(ASCP) has worked in the histology field for the past sixteen years and
currently serves as the Supervisor of Histopathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Course description: This course will discuss the fundamental methodology, purpose, and skills needed for basic to intermediate level proficiency in routine paraffin embedding of human tissue samples. Paraffin embedding is the standard technique used in nearly all clinical and most research histopathology laboratories to produce human tissue blocks for microtomy. The production of properly oriented, accurately labeled, and contamination-free blocks is an essential skill needed by the bench histologist. Some of the background knowledge needed for the embedding task includes: an understanding of tissue sampling, human anatomy, tissue identification skills, and attention to fine detail, accuracy, and manual dexterity.