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.

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.

Program outcomes

  • Graduation Rate: 93% from year 2018 to 2022
  • Job Placement Rate: 100% from year 2018 to 2022
  • ASCP Examination Pass Rate: 97.77% (44 out of 45 students) for year 2018 to 2022
A group of Physicians' Assistant graduates wearing white coats smile during a reception

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.