Program and curriculum


The mission of the Pathologists' Assistant program at Wayne State University is to educate qualified professional pathologists' assistants who are highly competent and exceed standards of practice in surgical and autopsy pathology as required in hospitals and medicolegal facilities.

Core performance standards and competencies
for admission and progression in the Pathologists' Assistant program

  • Critical thinking: Critical thinking ability sufficient for critical judgment.
  • Interpersonal skills: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals from a variety of social, emotional, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communication: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in written and verbal form.
  • Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, go up and down several flights of stairs, and stand for a period of up to eight hours a day.
  • Gross motor skills: Sufficient to move/lift 40-50 lbs.
  • Fine motor skills: Sufficient to provide safe and efficient service, possess manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
  • Hearing skills: Auditory ability sufficient for safe and efficient service.
  • Visual skills: Sufficient for observation, color identification and assessment of specimens.
  • Tactile skills: Sufficient for physical assessment.
  • Professionalism: Promoting and modeling high professional standards, attitudes, skills and behaviors encouraging respect, integrity, altruism, responsibility, professional duty and excellence.