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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.


Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program students will be selected on the basis of adequate educational background and medical experience.  Candidates for admission to the Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program must have the following credentials:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent

  • Prerequisite coursework includes microbiology, anatomy, physiology, mathematics, English composition, general chemistry, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry, and biology.

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be competitive

  • Official General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores at or above the 50th percentile

  • Completed Math/Science GPA calculation form

  • Three letters of evaluation from faculty who have taught you courses

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities where coursework was attempted or taken

  • Resume

Applying to the Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) Program

Application: The online application can be completed here.

Application fee: $65 (U.S. check or money order payable to Drexel University or pay application fee online)

Application cycle: Starts June 2014 for May 2015 matriculation

Application deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014

GRE school code: 2194, department code is 0215

Application deadline: February 2015

Please note that all applications for the Pathologists’ Assistant program are processed and reviewed by the Drexel University College of Medicine – Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences in Philadelphia, PA.  Please send all your application materials to the following address:

Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences Admissions 
Drexel University College of Medicine
Mail Stop 344, Room 4104 NCB 
245 North 15th Street  
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192

More Information

For more information regarding the Master of Science – Pathologists’ Assistant admissions requirements, please contact the Drexel University College of Medicine's Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences at or 215-762-4692.