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Pathologist Assistant Schools: How to Choose

Dec 07, 2019

Pathology assistant programs are limited in availability. They are offered at the graduate level and typically take two years to complete, offering hands-on experience.

Aspiring pathology assistants can find graduate level training at four-year universities. Students take courses in clinical care, focusing specifically on disease prevention and treatment.

Schools That Offer Pathology Assistant Programs

At these schools, students can find pathology assistant programs:

College/Institution Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Drexel University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA 4-year, Private Master's $9,327 (2019-2020 program tuition)**
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Master's $34,155
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private Master's $53,540
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Master's $9,225 in-state, $31,932 out-of-state
Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA 4-year, Private Master's $26,080
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 4-year, Private Master's $18,630
Rosalind Franklin University North Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Master's $35,064
University of Maryland Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public Master's $14,550 in-state, $31,703 out-of-state
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 4-year, Public Master's $15,780 in-state, $34,180 out-of-state
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 4-year, Public Master's $9,990 in-state, $25,776 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for a pathology assistant school:

  • Make sure that you meet the minimum educational requirements for admission, which usually include a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as biology, chemistry or nursing, as well as undergraduate courses in the sciences.
  • Consider programs that offer multiple clinical externships in various settings, such as hospitals and private clinics, or programs that have on-campus medical centers where students can gain experience.
  • Check that the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) has accredited the school's program. Students will need to graduate from an accredited master's program in order to sit for the Pathologists' Assistant examination.

Master's Degree in Pathology Assistant Studies

A master's degree in pathology assistance prepares students to diagnose and study disease through dissecting and examining tissues during the performance of surgery or autopsy. Clinical experiences typically account for half of the syllabus, and students will learn dissection techniques, as well as how to describe and report findings. Programs typically take 24 months to complete, with some schools requiring full-time summer attendance as well in which students complete clinical experiences. Many programs require students to maintain an above-average GPA to continue in the program.

Over the course of an accredited master's degree program in pathology assistant studies, students can gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to pursue a career in the field.

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