Pathologists’ Assistant, MHS

Earn a master’s degree as a Pathologists’ Assistant in two years through the only program of its kind in Virginia, one of 12 in the U.S.

EVMS School of Health Professions Open House

Considering a career in health professions or biomedical research? Sign up for our virtual open house, being held Dec. 4, 2021, and see which program is right for you.

Our program

EVMS' PathA program is designed to help meet a shortage of practicing pathologists. Our graduates:

  • Perform gross examinations in hospitals and private practices
  • Conduct autopsy services, including forensics
  • Process specimens in biorepositories and tissue banks for research in medical and teaching environments

What is a Pathologists' Assistant?

Pathologists' assistants study the nature of human disease. A career as a pathologists' assistant might be right for you if you enjoy:

  • Grossing of specimens
  • Processing and examining surgical samples
  • Performing investigative work in autopsy cases
  • Working in a laboratory setting

Why choose EVMS?

Customized courses

Examine specialized cases in autopsy, forensics, pediatrics and neuropathology in courses built for PathA students.


Earn certifications in Pathology Informatics and Lab Management before you graduate, giving you the essentials for success in managerial roles.

Ready to become a pathologists' assistant?

Clinical clerkships

With 28 affiliations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., EVMS has one of the largest collections of clerkships for a program of its kind in the country. In clerkship rotations, students handle a high volume of complex cases, gaining approximately 1,500 clinical hours at sites including the National Institutes of Health. We also offer elective internship opportunities throughout the country.