The Pathologists’ Assistant program at West Virginia University's School of Medicine was approved and founded in 2007, with the first class beginning in January, 2008. The program is an intensive 24-month curriculum, culminating in a Master’s degree in Health Science. The first year is an intense didactic schedule, with some “hands on” experience in the Surgical Pathology Gross Room and Autopsy Suite. The second year is clinical practice, with rotations in various medical settings for a wide-ranging experience prior to employment. Students are required to have a Bachelor’s degree and come from a wide variety of science-related backgrounds, including Medical Technology, Pre-Professional Biology, and Forensic Science.
Each class has up to 16 students. Graduates are eligible to sit for the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) exam, earning the designation of “P.A. (ASCP)” upon passing. In addition, graduates are eligible to become fellows of the AAPA (American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants), the governing agency for Pathologists’ Assistants. Certified Pathologists’ Assistants from accredited training programs are in high demand as Allied Health Professionals across the U.S. and can be found in Canada, Australia, and Denmark as well. An above average salary is earned by graduates of these programs.
Where do our students obtain jobs? All over the US!