Module - Principles and Practice of Cervical Cytology and Diagnostic Cytopathology (Competency 2)


Competency information

Prepare, select and use appropriate fixative and staining solutions to a variety of tissue samples, to include:

  • Papanicolaou and May- Grünwald-Giemsa staining technique.

Knowledge and skills you might demonstrate


  • Types, purposes and use of fixatives, preservatives, stains and equipment associated with specimen preparation and processing.
  • Potential hazards and risks associated with specimen preparation and associated control measures.
  • Principles of liquid-based cytology and imaging technologies.
  • Principles of non-gynaecological cytology preparation techniques.
  • Special stains used to aid diagnosis relevant to cytology, including Grocott and Ziehl–Neelsen (ZN).
  • Relevant statutory, regulatory and legislative requirements and guidance associated with processing of specimens.