Pathologists' Assistant (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, students must:

  1. have a minimum cumula­tive and prerequisite undergraduate grade point average of 3.0;
  2. complete all prerequisite coursework with a minimum of a C or higher;
  3. submit two letters of recommendation;
  4. complete the TOEFL if English is not the first language;
  5. submit a WES course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts;
  6. provide documentation of 8 hours of shadowing experience in a surgical lab setting and 5 hours (or one autopsy) in a medical examiner setting;  
  7. attend one information meeting in the year of application.

Admission Interview

 Interview is by invitation only to those candidates who have satisfied all requirements for admission. Interviews are extended only to the most competitive candidates owing to the limited number of seats in the program.  Meeting the minimum requirements to the program does not ensure an offer for an interview.

General Information Meetings

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosts general information meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. 

Prerequisite Study

In addition, the following course work must have been successfully completed with a grade of C or higher in order to be considered for admission. Prerequisites listed below must be completed within the six years prior to the date of applying to this degree program.

  • Two Biology courses (higher than BIO 1050)
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry
  • Mathematics (MAT 1000 or higher) or Statistics
  • English Composition

Program Deadlines: All prerequisite coursework must be completed by May 1st for fall admission consideration.

The Master of Science in Pathologists’ Assistant is offered under a Plan C option and requires completion of the following course work. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A grade of ‘C’ in any graduate course is unacceptable. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
PAA 5020 Applied General Pathology 3
PAA 6560 Human Histology and Clinical Correlations 4
PAA 7060 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Pathologists' Assistants 4
PAA 7250 Clinical Academic Pathology I 3
 Credits14
Winter Semester
PAA 5050 Clinical Terminology and Methodology for the Pathologists' Assistant 3
PAA 5200 Medical Microbiology for Technical Professionals: Pathologists' Assistant 3
PAA 6061 Human Embryology and Pediatric Pathology 3
PAA 6420 Laboratory Management and Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology 3
PAA 7251 Clinical Academic Pathology II 3
 Credits15
Spring/Summer Semester
PAA 5100 Medical Photography and Techniques in Pathology 2
PAA 6150 Histochemistry for the Pathologists' Assistant 4
PAA 7200 Introduction to Autopsy Techniques 4
PAA 7252 Clinical Academic Pathology III 3
PAA 7420 Future Trends in Pathology Practice and Education Methodology 2
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
PAA 7650 Surgical Pathology I 3
 Credits3
Winter Semester
PAA 7651 Surgical Pathology II 5
 Credits5
Spring/Summer Semester
PAA 7652 Surgical Pathology III 5
PAA 7890 Seminar in Anatomic and Surgical Pathology 1
 Credits6
 Total Credits58
Additional Year II courses (enrollment based on students' clinical rotations)
PAA 7500Clinical Autopsy Pathology1
PAA 7550Clinical Histopathologic Technique3
PAA 7600Clinical Pediatric Pathology3
PAA 7700Forensic Pathology and Techniques5
PAA 7750Clinical Laboratory Management in Anatomic Pathology2
PAA 7800Clinical and Forensic Photography2

Physical Examination

Prior to clinical rotations, all applicants are required to submit a complete physical examination form to the program, which must include a complete immunization record, evidence of HBV antibody titre, TB status, and flu vaccination record.

Liability Insurance

Clinical Education is provided during both year I and II of the program, along with didactic and laboratory courses.  Year II of the program is spent in clinical rotations through various selected clinical facilities throughout the metropolitan Detroit area, Michigan and other parts of the country, handling patients specimens and decedent remains.  Therefore, all students are required to maintain liability insurance, which will be purchased during both years of the program as a separate fee from those courses the student enrolls in.  In addition, the student is responsible for the cost of health insurance and all other costs (such as travel, meals, and living expenses) associated with the clinical education of the program.