Under direction of a pathologist, the pathologists' assistant performs surgical and autopsy functions leading up to, but not including, diagnosis. Pathologists' assistants conduct gross dissection of human tissue and surgical specimens for testing and evaluation. Pathologists' assistants perform forensic and hospital autopsies, while others conduct surgery on specimens for diagnoses, and typically work in hospitals, pathology labs, forensic labs, and morgues.
Learn more about the admission criteria for most pathologists' assistant programs.
View prerequisite and program information for Wayne State University's pathologists' assistant program. Resources for exploring out-of-state PA programs are also provided.
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