Training of laboratory technicians 

The purpose of teaching trainees within the three laboratories for Pathology of Pathology-DNA is to get laboratory technicians who are qualified to work in any laboratory for Pathology. In addition to learning, important laboratory skills and techniques, it is just as important to learn how to cooperate with collegues in a group. Trainees are treated like colleagues, the only difference being that they need a little more guidance. This means they can get acquainted to everyday practice in a laboratory for Pathology. At the end of their training period they have to pass an exam testing their knowledge and skills.


Training periods last 20 or 40 weeks. During this training the trainee will learn how to perform all techniques and tasks within a laboratory for Pathology. At the end of the training the trainee is able to operate independently. These tasks consist of receiving and registering of patients material, embedding of tissue, cutting thin sections from tissue blocks, performing special staining techniques, delivering slides among pathologists, cutting frozen sections and assisting pathologists at grossing (also called macroscopy). Trainees will learn about the macroscopy of various tissues, but they will not perform grossing themselves. The training period is too short for that. Furthermore, trainees get an assignment they have to write a report on. Trainees in Histology get a practical assignment, whereas trainees in Cytology (or Histology trainees doing a 20-week course) get a theoretical assignment. All trainees get the opportunity to assist in an autopsy and to become acquainted with Immunology and Molecular Pathology.

Who can apply? 

Students of middle or higher laboratory schools (MLO and HLO) can apply to receive training to become a laboratory technician at Pathology-DNA. For Cytology the training subjects differ for MLO and HLO students. MLO trainees will learn about the cytology subjects of urine, long, serous body fluids and cervix brushings. Previously, students had to take an examination in cervix cytology. Nowadays, however, they will only gain some general familiarity with this subject, due to changes in the population based screening program for cervical cancer. HLO students will be fully trained in all subjects of Cytology. At the end of the training they are supposed to pass an examination on the subjects of urine, serous body fluids, cytology of lungs, salivary glands, thyroid, lymph nodes, breast, as well as of abnormalities of the head-and-neck region. They will study teaching slides and prescreen slides of patients material, before it enters the routine diagnostic procedure. They will not screen slides independently. Furthermore, they will learn how to prepare slides of cytological material.


Are you a MLO or HLO student and have you almost finished your studies? Do you want to enter a traineeship at one of the laboratories for Pathology? Please contact one of our representatives.