Pathologists’ Assistants (PAs) are health professionals working under the supervision of anatomical pathologists. Their responsibilities include:
- Gross examination of surgical specimens
- Non-forensic autopsies / post-mortem examinations
- Preparation of tissues for pathological tests
- Gross specimen photography
They may also hold managerial, instructional, supervisory, and research roles.
The course and practicum-based program comprises two continuous years of full time studies leading to a Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology with specialization as Pathologists’ Assistant (PA).
The program consists of two terms (8 months) of didactic courses, including courses followed by a clinical practicum (16 months) and a scholarly research component in either basic or clinical research.
The clinical practicum component of the program will be competency‐based with students expected to successfully complete all competencies in the grossing station and autopsy suite, including safety, photography, professionalism, ethics, laboratory management, quality assurance, gross examination, dissection, dictation, synoptic reporting, preparation and examination of the human body, procurement of specimens.
This professional degree program aims to be accredited by the NAACLS so that graduates are eligible to write the certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Graduates are also eligible to write the certification examination from the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP).
Pathologists' Assistant Program