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Pre-Pathologists’ Assistant

A Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) is a highly trained allied health professional who provides various services under the direction and supervision of a pathologist. Pathologists' Assistants interact with pathologists in a manner similar to physician’s assistants in surgical and medical practice, carrying out their duties under the direction of their physicians. PAs are academically and practically trained to provide accurate and timely processing of a variety of laboratory specimens, including the majority of pathological specimens. However, choosing to be a PA is something bigger than the tasks associated with it.

Preparation for Pathologists’ Assistant School 

A Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is the best major to prepare for your future as a Pathologists' Assistant. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredits both PA programs and MLS programs, so you can be sure that your undergraduate degree will prepare you for your future studies. The BSMLS degree at APSU includes all commonly required and recommended prerequisites for Pathologists' Assistant programs.

Important Information

Undergraduate Preparation

Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the Pathologists’ Assistant schools you are interested in attending to ensure you will meet their criteria for admission. It is important to check each school's admission requirements to make sure you are on track to apply. The following is a list of common requirements for Pathologists’ Assistant programs:

Recommended coursework:

  • Cell biology

  • Genetics

  • Gross Anatomy

  • Histology/Microscopic Anatomy

  • Immunology

  • Microbiology

  • Molecular Biology