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

The 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

Program benefits

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

The outcome measures of the Pathologists’ Assistant program reflect how well the program prepares students for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam, as well as for employment.

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Clinical clerkships

With 28 affiliations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. EVMS School of Health Professions 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.

Service Work Policy pertaining to clinical clerkships

At no time should students be utilized in such a way that they are substituted for regular staff or employees (Service Work) during the clinical practice portion of their education. Students, with qualified supervision, may be permitted to perform procedures after demonstrating proficiency. Service work by students in clinical settings outside of academic hours must be noncompulsory. Students cannot be utilized as regular staff at the affiliate.

Student Guidance Policy

Any student receiving advice or requesting counseling for academic performance or any personal issues, that may arise during the course of the program, will be addressed with full confidentiality and impartiality.