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Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) About the Program

The Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program at Drexel University College of Medicine offers traditional and non-traditional students the opportunity to train in the highly specialized field of anatomic pathology and earn a Master of Science. The two-year, full-time program begins in May of each year. The first year is composed of the instructional portion of the program, supplemented by pathology laboratory exposure. The second year of the program is composed of several hospital-based rotations offering progressively responsible experience in autopsy and surgical pathology. These rotations are supplemented with informal classroom education.

Academic and Personal Counseling

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) supports Pathologists' Assistant program students' needs from matriculation to graduation. The following services are offered:

  • Confidential academic and personal counseling by a doctorate-level psychologist
  • Educational diagnostic testing
  • Several support groups
  • Help with managing stress and resolving personal problems
  • Assistance identifying learning styles and/or analyzing study skills and test-taking techniques
  • Free individual and group tutoring
Students in the Pathologists' Assistant program performing an autopsy at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Successful Completion of the Pathologists' Assistant Program

To graduate from the Pathologists' Assistant program, candidates must successfully complete a minimum of 91 semester credit hours with at least a 3.0 overall GPA. Students earn a Master of Science.

Program Accreditation

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): NAACLS, in conjunction with the AAPA, has established national standards for pathologists' assistant training programs. The standards include both didactic course work and clinical experiences necessary to properly educate a pathologists' assistant. The Pathologists' Assistant program, Master of Science at Drexel University College of Medicine is accredited by NAACLS. Visit the NAACLS website to read more about the professional activities of this organization.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773.714.8880

Graduate students in the Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) program at Drexel University College of Medicine.