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Pathology Assistant

Pathology assisting is a career in medicine that allows you to search for causes of disease. Pathology assistants help pathologists dissect and examine specimens taken from a patient's body during surgery or autopsy. Read on to find out more.

Inside Pathology Assisting

Pathology assistants (PAs) perform the laboratory tests to diagnosis and treat disease. Pathology assistants collect, prepare and examine bodily cells, tissues and fluids. Other duties may include administrative and supervisory tasks. Students who do well in science and are analytical and detail-oriented may enjoy working as a pathology assistant.

Education Information

As preparation to becoming a pathology assistant, earning a science-based bachelor's degree is recommended. Graduates then enroll in a master's program in pathology assisting. Program coursework includes classes in anatomy, pathology and medical terminology. Students also spend a year doing clinical work. Programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The links below include specific information about education and training requirements for pathology assistants.

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