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.
About the Curriculum
Classes in the Pathologists' Assistant program curriculum include anatomy, pathology, microbiology and leadership skills. There are a total of 91.0 semester credits for the program.
Visit the Drexel University program catalog page for more information
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.
Is the Pathologists' Assistant Program Right for Me?
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 pathology
- 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
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.
Emily K. Wagner, MS, PA(ASCP)
Class of 2012
I graduated from the Pathologists' Assistant program at Drexel University College of Medicine in the spring of 2012. In my time working as a pathologists' assistant I have come to understand how invaluable the education and experience I received at Drexel has been. The small class size and individual instruction, as well as the multiple rotation sites, were paramount in preparing me for my position as the only PA working for six pathologists. Having multiple rotations allowed me to see and have hands-on experience with a much wider range of specimens than I would have if I'd only been able to rotate at one or two institutions or if I had to rotate simultaneously with other students. It also exposed me to multiple dictation styles, computer systems and lab environments, which gave me the ability to adapt quickly to any type of pathology practice.
There is no better feeling than walking into a new job and knowing that you are fully prepared to succeed; I give full credit to the excellent education and wide range of exposure I received in the Pathologists' Assistant program at Drexel for my continuous success in the field.
Emily Loter, MS, PA (ASCP)
Class of 2015
My experience in the Pathologists' Assistant program at Drexel University was outstanding! The curriculum is demanding, but you are set up for success from the very beginning. The classes are small, the professors are terrific and always available, and the program is well designed and well executed. There are so many resources and opportunities available through Drexel. My favorite was being a student delegate to the Annual AAPA meeting! The clinical year gave me the confidence of knowing that I was a competent pathologists' assistant, and ready to enter the workforce. I even had a job lined up before graduation!