Some good schools with accredited pathology assistant programs include Duke University, Rosalind Franklin University, Indiana University and the University of Maryland, according to the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants, or AAPA. As of July 2015, these schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, or NAACLS.
Other good NAACLS-accredited schools for students interested in pathology assistant programs include Drexel University, Loma Linda University, Quinnipiac University, Wayne State University and West Virginia University, states AAPA. Students interested in Canadian schools can consider the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary.
One example of a pathology assistant program is the one offered at the University of Maryland, which is a 38-credit program leading to a Master of Science. Students who complete the program are also eligible to become certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Courses in this program include surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, physiology and lab management.
The pathology assistant program at Duke University is a 2-year program consisting of 86 credits for the academic degree, plus an additional nine credits for certification. Coursework in this program includes histology techniques, surgical pathology, pathologic basis of clinical medicine and forensic pathology. Students receive their certification after completing a series of practice.