Master of Science – Pathologists' Assistant Program (PathA)
The Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program combines intense academic studies with one year of practical work in the field. Students earn a Master of Science that prepares them to work, under the direction of a pathologist, as a highly qualified allied health professional in anatomic pathology laboratories throughout the country.
Drexel University College of Medicine PathA Program
PathA Program Fact Sheet [PDF]
PathA Program FAQs
What Is a Pathologists' Assistant?
A pathologists' assistant is an intensely trained allied health professional who provides anatomic pathology services under the direction and supervision of a pathologist. Pathologists' assistants interact with pathologists in the same manner that physicians' assistants carry out their duties under the direction of physicians in surgical and medical practice.
A pathologists' assistant is someone who has the ability to relate to people, the capacity for calm and reasoned judgment, and who demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care.
Typical Background of Pathologists' Assistants
Pathologists' assistant program courses are ideal for:
- Recent college graduates with a degree in a biological or allied health science, with exposure to anatomy, physiology and microbiology
- Those with previous exposure to the Pathologists' Assistant profession
- Cytotechnologists, histotechnologists and medical technologists
- Allied health professionals
- Graduates with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score in the 50th percentile
Career Opportunities for Pathologists' Assistants
Pathologists' assistants are employed in community hospitals, academic centers such as medical schools and university hospitals, private pathology laboratories, medical research centers, government hospitals, and medical examiner offices.