Pathologists' Assistant Program Courses

The following courses are included in the 22-month curriculum.


Pre-professional Didactic Courses Offered by Departments Other than Pathology: These courses or their equivalent are required.

Basic Histology D502 (4 cr) offered by the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department. Lecture and laboratory instruction on the microscopic structure of the basic tissues and organs of the body.

Human Physiology F503 (5 cr) offered by the Physiology and Biophysics Department. Human physiology with emphasis on basic physiological mechanisms of control with regard to membrane, neural, endocrine, reproductive, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and multisystems physiology.

Gross Anatomy D501 (5 cr): Offered by the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department. Introduction to the concepts, terminology, and basic structure of the human body. Prosection of the body will use a regional approach. Emphasis on providing fundamental knowledge of the structure/function of major organ systems, peripheral nervous system, and vascular supply to the trunk, head and neck, limbs, and back. 

Infectious Microbes and Host Interactions J510 (3 cr). Offered by the Microbiology and Immunology Department. Emphasis on the molecular and cellular events which permit pathogenic bacteria and viruses to enter the human cells and disrupt cell function while evading the host’s immune system.-


Pathologists’ Assistant Didactic Courses Offered by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: These courses are required for degree completion.

C690 Techniques for Specimen Processing (2 cr.): Tissue procurement, processing, and fixation; histologic stainingBboth routine and special stains; cytopathology techniques in sample preparation; and staining, immunostaining, and electron microscopy sample preparation. 

C691 Gross Surgical and Pediatric Pathology Techniques (3 cr.): Proper handling and evaluation of tissues removed during surgery and examined in the surgical or pediatric pathology laboratory.  Embryology will be integrated into the pediatric pathology sequence, along with medical photography and related medical terminology for all topics.

C692 Autopsy and Forensic Pathology Techniques (3 cr.): Techniques involved in all phases of the human post-mortem examination, including evisceration, dissection, description of findings, and preparation of postmortem reports. An additional focus of this course is forensic pathology techniques, along with related medical terminology. 


C693 General and Clinical Pathology (4 cr.): Basic concepts of pathologic processes and knowledge of clinical pathology, including clinical chemistry, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, and clinical microbiology tests and procedures used in anatomic pathology. Students participate in lecture and laboratory session for two blocks of instruction in the C603 General Pathology course. 

C694 Systemic Pathology (3 cr.): Organ systems and the pathologic issues involving each. The course integrates selected lectures from the C604 Systemic Pathology course with new sessions focusing on the needs of pathologists’ assistants.


Clinical Rotations (C695 Practicum for Pathologists’ Assistants)

C695 Practicum for Pathologist Assistants (7-9 cr.): This course provides practical experience in hospital and other settings in surgical, pediatric, autopsy, and forensic pathology. Students perfect their skills in 9-10 modules of training at various facilities throughout Indianapolis. At each practicum site, students receive hands-on training and hone the skills necessary for pathologists’ assistants.  

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