Graduate Programs in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Application and Admission Information
Admission requirements for all MS-level studies in pathology are provided below. NOTE: Admission for PhD studies is through the Indiana University School of Medicine Graduate Division Biomedical Gateway (IBMG) program http://grad.medicine.iu.edu/degree-programs/ibmg. Any additional general requirements of the Indiana University Graduate School must also be satisfied.
1. A baccalaureate degree in clinical laboratory science (medical technology), cytotechnology, biology, microbiology, or chemistry is preferred. Other degrees are accepted if appropriate biology and chemistry courses were included in the undergraduate curriculum.
2. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4 point system) for math/science and total GPA.
3. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the past 5 years. NOTE: The Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE by those applying for the M.S. pathologists' assistant track; MCAT scores must be no older than 2 years.
4. A transcript of all previous undergraduate and other college course work
5. Three letters of recommendation
6. A completed online application form
7. For qualified applicants, a personal interview with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Admissions Committee.
8. For applicants to whom English is not the first language, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.
9. For applicants to the M.S. Pathologists' Assistant Program: See "Essential Functions."
10. Prerequisite courses as shown below.
Prerequisite Courses for the M.S. in Laboratory Science and Experimental Pathology: Required: one year (two semesters) of general chemistry with lab (this may be called quantitative and qualitative), at least one semester of organic chemistry with lab, and a college-level math course. Recommended but not required: biology, anatomy, human physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, physics, statistics, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry.
Prerequisite Courses for the M.S. Pathologists' Assistant Track: Required: one year (two semesters) of general chemistry with lab (this may be called quantitative and qualitative), at least one semester of organic chemistry with lab, a college-level math course, a biology course, a microbiology course, and English composition. Recommended but not required: anatomy, human physiology, immunology, and genetics. Work experience in an area of pathology is viewed favorably but is not required.
The application process for all MS graduate programs in pathology is initiated through the online application service at IUPUI. Hard copy applications are not accepted. The application form, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation may be submitted through the on-line system. Transcripts and hard copies of MCAT scores must be sent directly to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Graduate Program Adviser at the address shown below. GRE scores should be sent by ETS to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis IUPUI (Institution code 1325 with the pathology (0215) department code. Questions about the MS programs offered by the department or about the admissions process should also be directed to this adviser.
Diane S. Leland, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Adviser
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
IU Health Pathology Laboratory Building, Room 6027F
350 W. 11th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
Application Deadline and Sequencing
For the M.S. Pathologists' Assistant Program: applications are accepted starting in the fall of the year before desired entry into the program and continuing through March 15. Applications will be reviewed when received to ensure that the appropriate prerequisite courses have been taken, etc. In mid-to late-January, the Admissions Committee will begin reviewing completed applications and inviting competitive applicants for interviews. This process will continue until available positions have been filled. It is to your advantage to apply before mid-January to receive full consideration. Final admission offers will be announced by April 1.
For the M.S. in Laboratory Science or Experimental Pathology: applications are accepted starting in the fall of the year before desired entry into the program. Well-qualified applicants may be invited for interviews starting in February or later. This process will continue until available positions have been filled. An application deadline of April 1 is suggested, but later applications may be accepted if positions remain available.
For all of the M.S. programs: upon completion of the interview process, the Admissions Committee in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will make a recommendation concerning admission. Applicants are evaluated on 1) past performance that meets the requirements of the Graduate School and those of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (e.g., competitive GPA, acceptable level of performance on GRE), 2) letters of recommendations, 3) applicant's background and experience, and 4) (for research-based programs) compatibility of the applicant's needs with available departmental programs and advisors. Applicants may be denied admission if all openings are filled, if a suitable program of study is not available, or if a suitable adviser is not available. The admission recommendation from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is forwarded to the Indiana University School of Medicine Graduate Division Admissions Committee where the final decision concerning admission is made.
Essential Functions for Admission and Retention of Students in the M.S. Pathologists' Assistant Program
The following non-academic criteria (essential functions) must be met by all applicants and enrolled students in the M.S. Pathologists' Assistant Program:
1. Observation: The applicant/student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and clinical experiences in the professional program component of the degree. The applicant/student must be able to use a variety of manual and automated techniques to process, dissect, stain, etc. tissue samples from patients. The applicant/student must be able to assess and comprehend the condition of all the patients assigned to him/her for sample procurement, examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Such analyses and assessments require the functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensations.
2. Communications: The applicant/student must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, and sensitively to elicit information, assess non-verbal communications, and transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff, and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
3. Motor: The applicant/student must have sufficient motor function to perform basic dissection and prosection techniques, operate equipment commonly encountered in gross surgical, autopsy, and frozen section laboratories, record data legibly as needed, and interpret and respond to examination results.
4. Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The applicant/student must be able, in a timely fashion, to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize, which, due to the detailed nature of some laboratory tasks, may require long periods of concentration. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of pathologists' assistants, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant/student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.
5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The applicant/student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, fellow workers, other students, and others members of the healthcare team. Applicants/students must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical problems. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment, and motivation are personal qualities which each applicant/student should possess.