Pathologists’ Assistant Program

MS Pathologists' Assistant

MS Pathologists’ Assistant trains students to provide the full range of support in anatomic pathology that’s expected of a Pathologist Assistant, including gross surgical pathology, frozen section preparation, and autopsy pathology—all under the direction and supervision of a qualified anatomic pathologist. This program is not research-based, and no thesis is required. The program is designed for individuals holding baccalaureate degrees in various science-related fields (including clinical laboratory science, cytotechnology, biology and chemistry) who have an interest in pathology, particularly the anatomic aspect of pathology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Pathologists’ Assistant MS program must have a baccalaureate degree and submit transcripts from all previous undergraduate and/or graduate programs where credits were earned.  A science degree in clinical laboratory science (medical technology), cytotechnology, biology, microbiology, or chemistry is preferred. Other degrees are accepted if appropriate biology and chemistry courses were included in the undergraduate curriculum. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4 point system) for total cumulative and math/science GPAs is required.

Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for total cumulative and for math/science.

Applicants must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (taken within the past five years). The Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants applying for the MS pathologists’ assistant track.

For applicants to whom English is not the first language, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination are also required.

Applicants must request and submit three letters of recommendation from a source who can attest to pertinent competencies and experiences in the classroom and/or in the laboratory.

Hard copy applications are not accepted. The application form, personal statement and letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online system. Transcripts and test scores should be sent directly to Karen Sanburn for review by the Department of Pathology.


Application Process

Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt, and qualified applicants may be contacted to schedule a phone or web based meeting. Applicants are evaluated on 1) past performance that meets the requirements of the Graduate School and those of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (e.g., competitive GPA, acceptable level of performance on GRE), 2) letters of recommendations, and 3) applicant’s background and experience.

Personal interviews with qualified applicants will be scheduled with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Admissions Committee.  Upon completion of the interview process, the Pathology Admissions Committee makes acceptance recommendations, and informal emails are sent to accepted students.

The admission recommendation from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is forwarded to the IU School of Medicine Graduate Division Admissions Committee. The acceptance is confirmed and then forwarded to the IUPUI Graduate Office, where the final admission confirmation is made and a formal letter is sent.

Fees and Financial Aid

Applicants may review the estimated costs for our program. More information can be found through the Office of the IUPUI Bursar. Pathology graduate program fees are listed under “All Other Graduate Programs”.

Students need to maintain personal health insurance throughout their graduate study at Indiana University. Costs for health insurance vary, depending on the plan chosen.

Expenses for books and course materials vary widely, from $150-$600 per semester.

Students are also responsible for fees associated with the required background check and drug screen.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine does not offer scholarships, stipends, teaching assistantships, fee waivers, or any other form of financial support for students in the Pathologist’s Assistant program. However, full-time MS students are eligible to apply for financial aid through the IUPUI Financial Aid Office.