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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:

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.

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

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.

Kaysi Lyall: Drexel Pathologists' Assistant PathA Program Class of 2017

Meet Kaysi Lyall

"I had amazing relationships with my classmates: we would study together, eat lunch together, go to weekly trivia together and support each other. Drexel does not foster a competitive environment and instead supports a collaborative environment amongst the students." Read more.

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.

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

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.

Learn where our graduates go

Opportunity for Alumni

Drexel University’s online Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding for Health Care Professionals offers the opportunity for those working in a laboratory setting as a Histotechnologist or Pathologists’ Assistant to enhance their careers with an 18-credit plan of study certification in medical billing and coding. The skills learned in Drexel’s online Medical Billing and Coding program will prepare you to work with laboratory and hospital administrators to determine relevant workload statistics and assign, capture, and transmit relevant revenue statistics to hospital administrators and third-party payors. Please note, this certificate program can't be taken while enrolled in the PathA program. Learn more.

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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