Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many students are accepted each year?
Four or five students are accepted each year.

2. How many applications are received each year?
The average number of applications received during the most recent 3 year-period is 60 (range 49-67).

3. What is the average grade point average (GPA) of successful applicants?
Both math/science and total cumulative GPAs are evaluated. The average (most recent 3 years) math/science GPA for successful applicants is 3.57. The average (most recent 3 years) total cumulative GPA for successful applicants is 3.65. NOTE: Both math/science and total GPA required minimums are 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

4. Which scores are expected for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT)?
For the GRE: scores that map to the 55th or higher percentile are preferred for the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. For the analytic writing section, a score of 4.0 or higher is preferred. 

For the MCAT: scores that total 28 or higher are preferred, with scores in the various sections being largely at the same level.

5. What are the institution and department codes for the GRE exam?
The Institution code is 1325 (for Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis—IUPUI). The Department code is 0215 (for pathology).

6. Can USMLE or other medical or dental examination scores be used in lieu of the GRE or MCAT?
No. Only GRE or MCAT scores are accepted.

7. What percent of those who enter the program complete it and graduate?
(Most recent 5 years) 100%

8. What percent of graduates pass the ASCP Board of Certification Exam?
(Most recent 5 years) 100%

9. What percent of those who graduate have employment within 6 months of graduating?
(Most recent 5 years) 100%

10. Where are graduates employed?
The first Indiana University pathologists’ assistant program class graduated in 2005. Most graduates have been employed in hospital-related or private pathology groups. Graduates have accepted positions in California, Arizona, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and perhaps other states within the U.S. Several graduates have worked outside the U.S. in Canada and Australia.

11. Are transferred courses accepted for credit toward the degree?
Basic science pre-professional courses: graduate-level basic science classes, including human physiology, histology (microscopic anatomy), microbiology, human gross anatomy (with cadaver dissection), that have been completed within the 3 years prior to admission can be considered for transfer for credit toward the degree. Decisions regarding course equivalency will be made on a per case basis. Documentation of course content and a final grade of at least 3.0 are required. No more than 10 transferred credits can be counted toward the degree.

Professional sequence courses: No substitutions can be made for professional sequence courses, so no transferred courses will be considered for credit toward the degree.

12. Are there options for online classes?
No online options are available.

13. How can additional information regarding pathologists’ assistant program policies on service work, student advising, student grievance/appeals, criteria for program completion, and rules and regulations for conduct be obtained?
Contact the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pathology Academic Coordinator Hollyn Mangione at this email address:

Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Administration Office | Van Nuys Medical Science Building | 635 Barnhill Drive, room A-128 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory: 350 W. 11th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202