Job Description

Laboratory Assistant (Pathology)

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), part of City of Hope, takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

Job Overview

Under the general supervision of the Director of Laboratory Services, the pathology technical assistant is responsible for accessioning all surgical and cytology specimens which includes pathology specimens from frozen section, surgery, and imaging cases. The pathology assistant will assist the pathologist(s) and /or pathologist assistant following established standards and practices to support regulatory (compliance with CAP and JCAHO) and process improvement initiatives. The pathology technical assistant will assist in the technical and clerical needs of the pathology department.


  • Receive, accession, and log all tissue from surgical procedures, frozen sections and cytology cases.
  • Responsible for processing cytology specimens, prepping all fresh specimens, change and maintain all stains, perform maintenance on all instruments, assist in all procedures requiring specimen smears (Bone Marrows, Ultrasound guided FNA, Bronchoscopies, Endoscopies), utilize appropriate fixation and staining techniques, cover slip, label slides, answer phone calls and stock supplies.
  • Perform frozen sections for rapid diagnosis of tissue and gross simple specimens if qualified per CAP requirements (minimum requirement 60 semester hours including 24 hours of Science).
  • Assist in clerical needs of the pathology department.



  Education/Experience Level                            

  • Associate degree, medical assistant program or some college credits preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 year hospital or clinic experience required.
  • Experience in Pathology as a technical assistant preferred.


We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

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