Course Title: Perform histological tests

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5388 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Course Title: Perform histological tests

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 200

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term1 2020,
Term1 2021


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health


Term1 2022,
Term1 2023

Course Contact: Rauha Quazi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge 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

MSL973019  Perform microscopic examination

MSL954003  Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975029 Perform histological tests


1. Process specimens and associated request forms

2. Process tissue

3. Embed tissue

4. Cut tissue sections

5. Stain tissue sections

6. Maintain laboratory records

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include

Knowledge tests

Observation of laboratory skills

Folio of prepared slides

Logbook of results