Course Title: Perform histological tests

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5182 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


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Term1 2010,
Term1 2011

Course Contact: Dinah Van Ruyven

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4287

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 (including frozen sections), and may involve the use of automated processors and staining machines. The unit principally refers to techniques performed on human tissues, but many aspects may be relevant to animal and plant tissues.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PMLTEST310A - Perform histological techniques.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PMLTEST503B Perform histological tests


Contribute to efficient provision of histological services

Cut tissue sections

Embed tissue

Maintain a safe environment

Maintain laboratory records

Prepare specimens for cut-up

Process specimens and associated request forms

Process tissue

Stain tissue sections

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam