Individuals interested in becoming forensic pathology technicians can find training programs at 4-year colleges and universities. Unlike pathologists, technicians aren't required to go to medical school. They often receive medical training in a biology or pathology program that teaches concepts of medicine.
10 Schools with Forensic Pathology Technician Programs
This list of colleges and universities identifies some schools offering forensic pathology technician programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Alabama State University||Montgomery, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||In-state Undergraduate $8,723 Out-of-state Undergraduate $15,656; Out-of-state Undergraduate $15,656; In-state Graduate $8,232; Out-of-state Graduate $16,464|
|Ashland University||Ashland, OH||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $20,242|
|Becker College||Worcester, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $34,080|
|Emmanuel College||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $36,504|
|Florida International University||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||In-state Undergraduate $6,556; Out-of-state Undergraduate $18,954; In-state Graduate $8,912; Out-of-state Graduate $21,393|
|Keystone College||La Plume, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $24,300|
|Lewis University||Romeoville, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $29,040|
|Newman University||Wichita, KS||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $26,030|
|Quincy University||Quincy, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $26,998|
|Mount Ida College||Newton, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $32,300|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of things to consider when selecting a program in this field.
- Pathologist technicians, or pathologists' assistants, are usually required to have a bachelor's degree in a biological science or in a related topic, such as an allied health field.
- Upon completion of their bachelor's degree, many aspiring technicians choose to enroll in a Master of Health Sciences or a Master of Science in Pathology degree program, with a focus on becoming a pathologist's assistant.
- Successful forensic pathology technicians need a background in the sciences, such as chemistry, anatomy and biology; their programs may also teach surgical pathology, laboratory management and the preparation of specimens for microscope examination.
- Technicians may not be required to complete a pre-med program, but they are expected to be familiar with medical terms and procedures, and to have extensive medical lab experience.
Bachelor's Degree Program in Biomedical Sciences or Forensic Science
Bachelor's programs in specific subsets of biology, such as biomedical science or forensic science, are well suited to students who want to make pathology their focus. Fieldwork and internships are combined with courses such as immunology, toxicology, histology and microbiology.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
General biology programs, which usually include laboratory work, can prepare students to work as technicians. Some programs offer tracks in medical laboratory science within a biology major. Biology students get a comprehensive introduction to different scientific disciplines.
Master's Degree in a Pathologist Assistant Program
Aspiring forensic technicians can obtain a master's degree in two years. The usual prerequisite for a masters' program is an undergraduate degree in a biological science or allied health discipline, or the equivalent in medical experience. The second year usually consists of practicums and rotations in autopsy, surgical, pediatric and forensic pathology.
A career as a forensic pathology technician can be pursued with postsecondary training in a relevant field, such as forensic science, biological science, biology or pathology. Many public and private institutions offer graduate and undergraduate programs in these disciplines.