Admission Information

Assistant in Pathology program admits students each year in August. The application cycle ends on the first day of May for the class starting in the Fall. The program accepts a maximum of four students every academic year.

The application will not be considered if it is incomplete.

Class Profile
Financial Aid

Eligibility for application:

Students applying for MSBS in Assistant in Pathology must have:

  • A bachelor of science or health science from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All requirements must have been taken within 5 years of program start date
  • Complete pre-requisites with minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Minimum Semester Credit Hour
Biology with lab
Microbiology with lab
General Chemistry with lab
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry with lab
College-level Mathematics
College level English Composition
  • Applicants must have shadowing experience in the medical or forensic autopsy, or have work experience in surgical/autopsy pathology.  
  • Complete on-line application form:
  • Official transcripts for any prerequisites taken from all colleges or universities attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • One from an individual who can strongly attest to your potential as a Pathologists’ Assistant, preferably a healthcare professional, and
    • One from an academic instructor who can strongly attest to your academic ability.
    • Recommendation letters cannot be from family members or friends. 
  • A professional statement explaining why you want to be a Pathologists’ Assistant and why the program at the University of Toledo is the right choice for you.
  • Personal resume
  • GRE score is NOT required for admission.
  • All material should be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • For general and technical assistance in the application process, please contact the Graduate Admission office at 419-530-4723 or

For international applicants, all transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credentialing agency, and submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to College of Graduate Studies Address:

College of Graduate Studies
The University of Toledo
Mail Stop 933
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606

The University of Toledo institution code is: 1845

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Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. The personal interview will be with Assistant in Pathology program Admission Committee. The interview process is designed to evaluate each candidate’s communication skills, maturity level, and the understanding of the role of the Pathologists’ Assistant in evolving healthcare environment. All applicants will be notified of their admission status no later than June 15.

The University of Toledo MSBS-Assistant in Pathology Program is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education, employment, membership and contracts, and no differentiation will be made based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or the presence of a disability.   

The University of Toledo does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. The University of Toledo also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of sexual harassment and discrimination questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about noncompliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy or for more information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator   or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) .

Students admitted into the program are required to maintain a semester and course Grade Point Average of 3.0. The online option is not a choice for the program.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit:

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Essential Functions (Technical):

The program’s objective is to increase opportunities for persons with disabilities while maintaining the expectation that all students achieve the goals of our programs. The essential functions or technical standards for admission establish the expectations and abilities considered essential for students admitted to the MSBS Assistant in Pathology program in order to achieve the level of competency required for graduation. All students must have at the time of admission, and demonstrate throughout their course of study, a fundamental respect for truth and a commitment to honest reporting of experimental results. In addition, all students admitted to the MSBS program are expected to be able to demonstrate the abilities below:

  • Observation: Candidates must be able to have sufficient attention and accuracy in observation skills in the lecture rooms, demonstrations, procedures and instruments. The applicant must be able to participate in didactic courses and clinical rotations. The applicant must be able to identify changes in color, discrimination of text, numbers, and patterns.
  • Communication:  Candidates must reveal effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with other students, faculty, and other healthcare providers from different social and cultural personality backgrounds, A candidate should be able to speak, to hear, and to observe in order to provoke information and recognize nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with the healthcare team and accurately follow verbal and written directions.
  • Motor and sensory functions: Candidates should have sufficient sensory and motor function to execute movements reasonably required to conduct all phases of autopsy performance and dissection of surgical specimens. Candidates must be able to stand for long periods, lift and carry up to 40-pound objects, pull, push, reach and bend while performing autopsy and dissection of surgical specimens. Candidates must be compliant with standards, policies and procedures in the clinical rotations, and institution roles.
  • Intellectual reasoning: Candidates should have problem-solving skills, this include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Candidates should be able to realize the 3-D relationships and to understand and imagine the spatial relationships of structures.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: Candidates must possess personal qualities that facilitate effective interaction, utilization of mental activities, establish and develop effective professional relationships with faculty, classmates, and other members of healthcare team, demonstrate fair motives, attitudes, and values, have emotional discipline, emotional stability, and appropriate flexibility and adaptability.

Candidates are urged to ask questions about the program’s technical standards for clarification and to determine whether they can meet the requirements. Questions may be directed to the program director.

Revealing a disability is voluntary; however, such disclosure is necessary before any accommodations may be considered in the learning environment or in the program’s procedures. Information about disabilities is handled in a confidential manner.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to qualified applicants with a disability in such circumstances and on such terms as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Reasonable accommodations require program and institutional approval. Requests for accommodations must be submitted in writing, allowing sufficient time prior to matriculation for action on these requests, pursuant to Policy 01-061 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability, Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance.

Class profile:

The Assistant in Pathology Admission Committee will accept four students to be enrolled in the program for the current academic year.

Assistant in Pathology 2021 entering class:

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Financial Aid:

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Please visit  to begin the Federal Student Aid (FASFA) process.

Last Updated: 10/5/21