Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant Studies

Pathologists’ assistants are highly trained health professionals who assist in making medical diagnoses. Under the supervision of pathologists, pathologists’ assistants are responsible for the macroscopic examination of surgical specimens, postmortem examinations in hospital and forensic settings and research. If your medical interests lean towards the laboratory and research opportunities, this exciting and fast-growing field may be for you.

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 30% growth in this field between 2020 and 2030. Pathologists’ Assistants can be found in a variety of settings, including community hospitals, universities, private groups, laboratories and medical examiner offices.

About the Program

Carroll University’s Master of Pathologists’ Assistant Studies program is a two-year, 100-credit program. Classroom and lab instruction in year one is followed by clinical rotation internships in year two through Carroll’s broad network of partner institutions such as hospitals, medical centers, clinic and medical examiners.

Mission Statement

To produce pathologists’ assistants trained to practice in a dynamic healthcare environment as highly qualified advanced practitioners in anatomic pathology. To achieve this mission, the program acknowledges the pathologists’ assistant as a member of the interprofessional health care team, the need to provide appropriate care to all populations and grounding in the Carroll liberal arts tradition.

Program Goals

To develop highly skilled pathologists’ assistants who are prepared using an interdisciplinary approach and who:
  1. demonstrate the medical knowledge to provide optimal patient care
  2. develop the ability to effectively communicate with other medical professional within the laboratory, in the hospital system, and external clinical institutions
  3. possess the ability to appropriately navigate medical information systems while maintaining protected healthcare information and then apply the complex health history to a subsequent diagnosis

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Grad Admission Counselor Carly Leigeber

Join us for an event! Speak one-on-one with faculty and our graduate admission counselor, Carly Leigeber.
Get your questions answered about the program and admission process.

Virtual Information Sessions - held on Microsoft Teams

  • Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 1:00 PM - RSVP Here
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Graduate Programs Open House 

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 6:00 PM - RSVP Here

Interested but unable to attend? Contact Carly Leigeber to learn:
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State-of-the-Art Facilities

students working in a cadaver lab

The Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories bring state-of-the-art technology and resources to many of Carroll's programs, including Pathologists’ Assistant Studies. A modern cadaver dissection lab provides real-world research experiences, supplemented by computer-aided dissections through the use of the Anatomage dissection table. New portable technology in the form of laptops and iPads runs state-of-the art anatomy applications. To enhance group learning, students can project from their devices to the several television monitors mounted throughout the classrooms. Anatomical models and laboratory materials are easily accessible through a large storage/preparation room dedicated to anatomy and physiology. 

Macroscopic image of a organ biopsy
Student working on a cadaver in the lab


Carroll University is currently seeking accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for the Master of Science in Pathologists’ Assistant Studies Program. Students will be permitted to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification Exam, which is required for employment and is taken through the ASCP following completion of the PathA program.


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