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The Master of Science in 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.

Learn more about the PathA program

About the Curriculum

Successful completion of the Master of Science in Pathologists’ Assistant program will require three (3) semesters of coursework plus twelve months of clinical education at several of the affiliated clinical sites.

Visit the Drexel University program catalog page for more information

Program News

Article in ABMDI Monthly Newsletter

As part of the PathA students’ Montgomery County Coroner’s Office clinical rotation, they are offered the opportunity to write an article for the ABMDI monthly newsletter. Meredith Starczewski, Class of 2022, wrote "The Perspective of a Pathologist Assistant Graduate Student in a Forensic Setting" in the July 2021 issue.

Online Pathologists' Assistant Conference

Drexel PathA program alum, Ian Sue-Chue-Lam helped organize the 2021 annual Online Pathologists' Assistant Conference, held in June. The event raised over $15,000 for charities combating the COVID-19 pandemic while providing CE credits to pathologists' assistants.

2021 Inaugural PathA White Coat Ceremony

2021 Inaugural PathA White Coat Ceremony

On April 28, 2021, the PathA program had their inaugural white coat ceremony, marking a pivotal milestone for the program and the students, recognizing their transition from the didactic year to their clinical rotations. Students’ family and friends may access the recording here.

Student and Alumni Testimonials

Rachel Olk, Drexel Pathologists’ Assistant Class of 2023

Meet Rachel Olk

"Drexel’s Pathologists’ Assistant program stood out to me from the beginning of my search. The curriculum focuses on making connections between what is learned in the classroom and practical applications during rotations. Students are taught how to apply their knowledge rather than simply memorizing." Read more.

Britni Stowell: Drexel Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) Program Alum

Meet Britni Stowell

"The combined didactic and clinical work in this program will give you the skills and confidence for success as a PA. It will also give you a really large network of people to reach out to for the continued growth of your PA career." Read more.

Steven Vanko, MS in Pathologists' Assistant Alum

Meet Steven Vanko

"In my opinion, the practical year offered by Drexel and the affiliates is unmatched by other programs. The ability to learn from so many different people, who each have different styles and skills, is a gift." Read more.

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) at or above the 50th percentile

Career Opportunities

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.

Learn where our graduates go

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.

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