Program Application Frequently Asked Questions

Four or five students are accepted into the M.S. Pathologists’ Assistant Track each year.

The M.S Pathologists’ Assistant program typically receives an average of 65-75 applications each year.

Both math/science and total cumulative GPAs are evaluated. The average math/science GPA for successful applicants is 3.65. The average total cumulative GPA for successful applicants is 3.75. Both math/science and total GPA required minimums are 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with math/science or total cumulative GPA’s below 3.3 are seldom competitive for admission.

For the GRE, scores that map to the 55th or higher percentile are preferred for the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. For the analytic writing section, a score of 4.0 or higher is preferred. For the MCAT, scores that map to the 60th or higher percentile are preferred.

The institution code is 1325 (for Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis—IUPUI). The department code is 0215 (for IU School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Science).

In the most recent ten years, all (100 percent) students who’ve entered the Pathologists’ Assistant Track have completed the program requirements and graduated.

In the most recent five years, all (100 percent) students who’ve completed the Master of Science in Pathologists’ Assistant program have passed the ASCP Board of Certification Exam.

In the most recent ten years, all (100 percent) students who’ve graduated from the Pathologists’ Assistant Track have secured relevant employment within six months.

After completing the program, most graduates secured jobs in hospital-related or private pathology groups. Graduates have accepted positions throughout the United States and globally.

Graduate-level basic science classes—including human physiology, histology (microscopic anatomy), microbiology, and human gross anatomy (with cadaver dissection)—that have been completed within the three years prior to admission can be considered for transfer for credit toward the degree. Decisions regarding course equivalency are made on a per case basis. Documentation of course content and a final grade of at least 3.0 are required. No more than 10 transferred credits can be counted toward the degree. No substitutions can be made for professional sequence courses, so no transferred courses are considered for credit toward the degree.

No online options are available for coursework required for the Pathologists’ Assistant Track.

Contact Karen Sanburn for additional information such as assistant program policies on service work, student advising, student grievance/appeals, criteria for program completion, and rules and regulations for conduct.