Wayne State University

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Pathologists' Assistant

Pathologists' Assistant - Link to Department

Bachelor of Science

What is a Pathologists Assistant?
  • A highly trained health professional who asists pathologists to prepare, process and evaluate surgical specimens/tissue and  and perform postmortem examinations.
  • One who prepares tissues for microscopic examination.
  • Coordinates autopsy protocol, including photography, specimen coding and report filing.
  • Properly restores bodies for release to the funeral director and confirms legal authorization for special sampling, such as tissue donation and organ transplants.
  • Performs delegated tasks, such as budgetary, superintending and teaching duties.
Why Wayne State University?
Clinical training is offered in cooperation with the Detroit Medical Center hospitals and the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. The Pathologists' Assistant program at WSU is one of eight accredited programs in the United States. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Recent graduates have achieved excellent pass rates on the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) national examination and are enjoying employment in leading medical centers across the nation.
Career Information
The American Association of Pathologists Assistants (AAPA) can provide you with career information:
(800) 532-AAPA