Histotechnician (Ht-ASCP):
Advocate Health

Advocate Health
Rosemont Illinois

ACL offers a comprehensive range of laboratory, medical, industrial and diagnostic services. Our leading-edge technologies, exacting protocols and experienced accredited staff of medical technologists and pathologists means you get fast, accurate results you can depend on.

Imagine looking forward to going to work every morning because you work in an energetic, team-oriented environment where team members are challenged to take initiative, encouraged to explore new ideas and given the freedom to do their jobs. Then imagine leaving work at the end of the day with a sense of accomplishment and well-being, knowing you did, the best job possible.


POSITION: Histotechnician

LOCATION: ACL Labs-Rosemont

SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, rotating weekends and holidays

SHIFT: Night 7pm to 330 am

BENEFITS: Medical, Dental and Vision plus…….



  • Employee-Centric: Advocate voted Top 15 Places to Work in Illinois-2016! Voted Top 10 Places for Diversity in 2016!
  • Career Growth: Market Leadership: Advocate is the largest healthcare system in the state of Illinois, with 13 hospitals and 250 sites of care.
  • Advancement: Opportunities for mobility and advancement that only the largest fully integrated health care system in the Midwest can provide.



To provide technical expertise and knowledge to process, embed, section, and stain surgical, autopsy, cytology cell block and bone marrow specimens and prepare quality slides including frozen tissue sections and immunoperoxidase stains for critical microscopic diagnosis by pathologists.


  • Accurate identification and processing of specimens from surgery, other departments and off-site physician offices.
  • Provision of technical expertise and knowledge in preparing the highest quality tissue sections and microscopic slides for accurate diagnosis by the pathologists.
  • Provision of technical assistance to pathologists and surgeons with frozen tissue sections for rapid diagnosis during operating room consultation while patient is still under anesthesia.
  • Performance of decalcification of bone and bone marrow biopsies to ensure the integrity of the tissue specimens
  • Performance of differential and diagnostic enzyme histochemical and immunoperoxidase stains for surgical, cytology and hematology specimens for CHMC and other Advocate facilities
  • Proper assignment of charges per CPT code for all specimens and stains performed
  • Active participation and monitoring of integrity of daily quality assurance programs and specimen records as defined by CAP and Accrediting Organization.
  • Performance of preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment to ensure optimal operational integrity
  • Systematic maintenance of stained slides and paraffin blocks for easy retrieval and reference
  • Safety Practice



  • Associate degree and 2 years' full-time experience in accredited histopathology laboratory or 4 years' full-time experience in accredited histopathology laboratory.
  • Working knowledge of special stains and immunoperoxidase stains.
  • Proficient use of microtome, cryostat, tissue processor, knife sharpener, analytical balance, pH meter, vacuum oven, and ability to produce quality cryo, paraffin, histochemical and immunoperoxidase diagnostic slides.
  • Knowledge of HIS computer system.
  • HT (ASCP) or equivalent.
  • Eligible for HT (ASCP) exam and must obtain certification within 1 year of hire.
  • Works with sharp instruments and hazardous materials.
  • Must not be allergic to formaldehyde, Xylene, alcohol, liquid nitrogen, carbon dioxide, disinfectant vapors and unpleasant odors from human organs.
  • This job requires much interaction with pathologists, weekend rotation, and on unscheduled emergency call after working hours.
  • Ability to work under stressful situations.
  • Handles and is exposed to potentially toxic reagents and formaldehyde, Xylene, alcohol, liquid nitrogen, carbon dioxide and disinfectant vapors.
  • Handles highly infectious and unpleasant human tissue specimens.
  • Works with formalin and picric acid fixatives.
  • Uses extremely sharp microtome blades and surgical instruments.
  • Stress related to deadlines of meeting rapid diagnosis during operating room consultation when the patient is under anesthesia and the surgeon awaiting results to determine surgical course of action.



Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.



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