- We prefer that applicants submit GRE scores, but will also accept MCAT results as part of the application.
- Competitive applicants have scores on either exam in the 50th percentile or greater in all categories.
Applicants must take the general GRE.
The scores should be sent to Institutional code 2194 (Drexel University College of Medicine) and Departmental code 0215 (Office of Professional Studies).
Competitive applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
NAACLS, our accrediting agency, requires the following as absolute prerequisites:
- English Composition
- College mathematics
- General biological and chemical sciences
- Either organic chemistry or biochemistry
Other courses that strengthen an application are:
- Human embryology
Applications are accepted year round as we have rolling admissions. The deadline for applications is the second Friday in February of the year in which you intend to enroll.
Yes, there is. You have the option of completing the online application from our PathA home page or downloading the PDF of our application from our website and mailing the completed application to us. If you complete the online application, please be sure to submit the completed BCPM GPA calculation form and the $65 application fee (in the form of a check or money order payable to Drexel University) to our office:
Attention: PathA Program
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344, Room 4104 NCB
Philadelphia, PA 19102
The completed BCPM GPA calculation form and application fee must be submitted together.
All other documentation (transcripts and evaluation letters) may be sent under separate cover from the individual or institution, if desired.
Regardless of whether they are sent with the application itself or separately, each transcript and letter of evaluation MUST be received in a sealed initialed envelope to be considered an official part of the application.
We accept a maximum of 12 students per year for the Philadelphia campus.
We receive an average of 60-70 applications each year.
Work experience in surgical and autopsy pathology may be difficult to obtain. Therefore, we do not require our applicants to have actually been employed in anatomic pathology laboratories. However, we favor applicants who have shadowing experience in the field, preferably with a pathologists' assistant or, if that is not possible, an anatomic pathologist. The admissions committee looks favorably upon candidates who have shadowed and who have a good understanding of the profession.
We do not conduct general open houses. However, if a prospective applicant wishes to make an appointment with the program co-director for a general information question-and-answer session and facilities tour, this can be arranged on an as needed basis.
No, the Pathologists' Assistant program is not a forensics program. Although we provide an introduction to forensic technique at the Philadelphia Medical Examiners Office, the focus of our training and of the profession is anatomic pathology, predominantly surgical pathology and hospital autopsy pathology.
The program is 24 months in length. We begin in mid May, and the training is completed 24 months later in mid May, including both summers.
No, we do not offer an online program.
Limited housing is available for graduate and professional students. Information for the Philadelphia campus can be found at the Graduate Housing website.
We welcome applications from all eligible candidates, including those outside the U.S. In addition to the general requirements (undergraduate degree, prerequisite courses, official transcripts, GRE or MCAT, letters of recommendation, etc.), applicants must:
- Submit all transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. for evaluation by WES. WES will then forward the official evaluation to us.
- If English is not your first language, provide proof of English proficiency with academic TOEFL scores no more than two years old.
In addition, non-U.S. citizens accepted for enrollment at Drexel University College of Medicine shall make or cause to be made a payment ("deposit") to the Office of the Bursar, for the purpose of ensuring financial stability, to meet each full year's educational cost in advance of matriculation. For Pathologists' Assistant students, the amount of this deposit shall be equal to the total costs of a student's first and second years, and includes tuition, fees and living expenses.
All evaluations should be in the form of a letter written on official letterhead with a signature and sent in a sealed and initialed envelope. There are no official evaluation forms to be completed.
Letters may be included in a package with the application, but may also be sent separately by the individual providing the evaluation.
We are unable to waive this or any other requirement for anyone wishing to apply to the program, regardless of prior experience.
No, in order to be deemed eligible by Drexel University to sit for the ASCP board exam, you must compete the entire two (2) years of training.
No, all practical rotations are to be completed at our official affiliate institutions.
We do not offer any grants or scholarships. The financial aid office works with our accepted applicants to provide enough aid to cover tuition, fees, living expenses, etc.
The ASCP offers scholarships for qualified second year students. That website is: http://www.ascp.org/Laboratory-Science-Program-Directors/Awards-and-Scholarships.
In addition, the Surgipath Company offers a scholarship for a second year pathologists' assistant student, administered by the AAPA (American Association of Pathologists' Assistants).
The first year curriculum is quite rigorous and we strongly discourage first year students from holding jobs. Although the length of time spent in class and lab may not be a full eight-hour day, the necessary study time precludes employment.
Second year students are on practical rotations from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily during weekdays, so a traditional job is difficult to fit into that schedule. We do, however, allow students to hold positions that do not interfere with the rotations.
We will use your application materials for one additional year. It is your responsibility to send us any documentation of updated transcripts, letters, work experience, shadowing experience etc. After this two year period, you will be required to reapply.