Course Title: Perform histological tests

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5362 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Title: Perform histological tests

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 150

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term1 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term1 2019

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to perform tests and procedures associated with processing and staining tissues for examination of tissue structure and abnormalities by pathologists and scientists to assist with disease diagnosis. The unit covers tests and procedures that are associated with anatomical pathology and may involve the use of automated processors and staining machines. 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975003 Perform histological tests


1 Process specimens and associated request forms

2 Prepare specimens for cut-up

3 Process tissue

4 Embed tissue

5 Cut tissue sections

6 Stain tissue sections

7 Maintain a safe environment

8 Maintain laboratory records

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

written tests

practical tests

Laboratory logbook

online quizzes