According to the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants (AAPA), there are nine accredited Pathologists' Assistant Master of Science or Master of Health Science programs and one accredited PA Bachelor of Science program in the U.S. (www.pathologistsassistants.org). The accrediting body for these programs is the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
10 Schools with Pathologists' Assistants Programs
The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer pathologists' assistant programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition** (2015-2016)|
|Drexel University - California||Sacramento, CA||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate tuition $31,239|
|Drexel University - Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate tuition $31,239|
|Duke University||Durham, NC||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate tuition $47,590|
|Indiana University||Indianapolis, IN||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state Graduate tuition $8,136; Out-of-state Graduate tuition $22,985|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate tuition $24,128|
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden, CT||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate tuition $17,190|
|Rosalind Franklin University||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private||Master's||Graduate tuition $32,069|
|University of Maryland||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state Graduate tuition $12,944; Out-of-state Graduate tuition $28,328|
|Wayne State University||Detroit, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state Undergraduate tuition $11,814; Undergraduate tuition Out-of-state $25,254|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, WV||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state Graduate tuition $8,568; Out-of-state Graduate tuition $22,140|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Below are some aspects to consider before selecting a school.
- Since there is no specific forensic pathologists' assistant degree, students should look for a program that has coursework that focuses on forensic pathology.
- It can be at a student's advantage to select a school whose faculty has a strong professional history in forensic science or a related field.
- There are only ten schools offering bachelor's or master's degrees in this field, and they include public and private universities.
- Admission into a master's program requires a bachelor's degree, and some schools have specific GPA and course requirements that must be fulfilled to be eligible to apply.
Pathologists' Assistant Master's Degree
The Pathologists' Assistant Master of Science or Master of Health Science is a 2-year program that places a heavy emphasis on biological, physiological and anatomical sciences related specifically to the human body. Coursework is primarily focused on these fields, as well as autopsy and forensic procedures. These latter two courses should be of primary concern for the aspiring forensic pathologist assistant. Some programs offer research opportunities for students as well.
A limited number of public and private universities offer pathologists' assistants programs. Most pathologists' assistants programs are offered at the master's level, and students should ensure they complete a bachelor's degree program with any required prerequisites before applying.