Graduate Programs


Pathologists’ assistants are highly trained allied-health professionals who process laboratory specimens under the direction and supervision of a pathologist. The position is similar to a physician assistant, who works under the direction of physicians. 

The University of Toledo’s full-time, 22-month master’s degree program includes classroom and clinical experiences. Graduate students work under the direct supervision of board-certified pathologists and ASCP-certified pathologists' assistants. 

Our program offers practical training in: 

  • Forensics 
  • Hospital autopsies 
  • Surgical pathology 

Graduates are required to pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam to practice as certified pathologists’ assistants.  

Top Reasons to Study assistant in pathology at UToledo

  1. Perfect passage rate.
    100% of our graduates have passed the ASCP certification exam on their first attempts. 
  2. Experienced faculty.
    Experienced faculty who practice in the field and are active researchers. 
  3. State-of-the-art Health Science Campus.
    Students in the Assistant in Pathology program attend classes with students in UToledo’s physician assistant program. They learn in UToledo’s advanced anatomy labs and innovative simulation center — one of the best in the U.S. 

All UToledo Assistant in Pathology students work with their advisors on a scholarly project (a literature review or a practice-based study).

Our students are encouraged to present their projects at our annual departmental Goldblatt Scientific Day and at national meetings, such as the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants. 


What jobs can I get with an assistant in pathology degree?

100% of UToledo graduates in the master's Pathology Assistant program in the past few years found positions as pathology assistants or in related field positions within a year of graduation. 






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Last Updated: 4/24/24