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The Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program, combines intense academic studies with one year of clinical education. 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

ABMDI Monthly Newsletter Articles

As part of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office clinical rotation, PathA students are offered the opportunity to write an article for the ABMDI monthly newsletter. Recent articles available for download include:

“Pathologists’ Assistant : Meet the Expert: James W. Moore”

"A growing number of healthcare professionals are considered “physician extenders.” These highly trained allied health professionals work with the guidance of licensed physicians to provide essential services and care. Careers in this category include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pathologists’ assistants." Healthcare Degree (June 12, 2024) Read more.

Mischief at the Mütter: A PathA/ICO GSA Event

When I learned about the opportunity to become involved in the Graduate Student Association my first year at Drexel, I was so excited! I was even more excited to learn that there was a possible opportunity for the PathA class to utilize some of the GSA funds to host an event. I began to brainstorm ideas about what sort of event may interest our little cohort and, eventually, I decided that the Mütter Museum would be the perfect venue. Read more.

Award for Excellence

The Dean’s Distinguished Award for Excellence in Clinical-Oriented Graduate Programs was received by Cheryl Hanau, MD, professor and Richard Shuman, MD, Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and James W. Moore, MHS, PA(ASCP)CM, assistant professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and director of the Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program.

Dean’s Travel Award

Congratulations to Lauren Nerotto, winner of the Dean’s Travel Award. The Dean’s Travel Award is meant to partially defray the cost of attending a scientific meeting at which a graduate student is making a presentation, or is related to the student’s graduate study.

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.

Student and Alumni Testimonials

Lucie Bennett-Stein, Drexel PathA Program Class of 2025

Meet Lucie Bennett-Stein

"I am very happy that I chose Drexel. I enjoy the emphasis on networking and cultivation of interpersonal relationships with students and faculty that this program provides. I truly think it is a great program and it has given me a foundation for my career and support for a smooth transition from classroom to grossing bench." Read more.

Diane Eggers, Drexel PathA Program, Class of 2008

Meet Diane Eggers

"The Pathologists’ Assistant program at Drexel University was the first program I started researching. I liked the location in Philadelphia, as I have both family and friends in that area, and the program staff were very friendly and helpful while I gathered information about the program and through the application process. When I got my acceptance letter, enrolling was a no-brainer." Read more.

Madison Manz, Drexel PathA Class of 2023

Meet Madison Manz

"My two years in the program passed by very quickly and in coming to the end of my time at Drexel I can easily say I am very pleased this was the program I chose. Even though the academic year was challenging I felt like it provided me with all the necessary tools going into my clinical year. One thing I really value about Drexel’s program is the ability to have close connections with the teachers." Read more.

Is the Pathologists' Assistant Program Right for Me?

Pathologists' assistant program courses are ideal for:

  • College graduates with a degree in a biological or allied health science, with exposure to human anatomy, human physiology and microbiology
  • College graduates with the appropriate academic training and previous exposure to pathology
  • Cytotechnologists, histotechnologists, medical technologists and other laboratory professionals
  • Allied health professionals with the appropriate academic training
  • Graduates with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores at or above the 50th percentile in all categories
  • College graduates or allied health professionals with previous exposure to pathology via work or shadowing experiences

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/coroner offices.

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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 perform 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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