Program Description

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Program Length

Two years

Possible Careers

Pathologists' Assistant, University Insturctor, Laboratory Management and Administration

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Nov 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023

Admissions Requirements

Grade Point Average

3.0 cumulative minimum


Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your intellectual ability, work ethic, and professionalism.


A personal interview with the Pathologists’ Assistant Program Admission Committee.

Shadowing or Work Experience

Applicant must complete a surgical shadowing experience with a practicing Pathologists' Assistant or have applicable work experience in Surgical or Autopsy Pathology. An essay regarding this experience is required as part of the application packet. There are no set number of hours in which applicants need to shadow, rather we ask that you gain enough knowledge to articulate in writing on your application and verbally (if invited for an interview), your shadowing experience and the duties of a PA in a typical working day.


We DO NOT require the GRE for admission or application.


U.S. and Canadian


  • 8 SH Biology with laboratory
  • 8 SH College Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with laboratory
  • Biochemistry with laboratory (optional but preferred)
  • 4 SH Microbiology with laboratory
  • 3 SH College algebra or higher
  • 3 SH English Composition or Comparable

Discipline Accrediting Agency


State Accrediting Agency

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2022-2023

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $38,694 $41,752 $9,618
Fees $2,868 $3,824 $956
Books & Supplies $1,875 $2,125 $500
Instruments $500 $500
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $43,937 $48,201 $11,074


Expected costs for the 2022-2023 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2022-2023, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 12 3
Room & Board $14,985 $19,980 $4,995
Transportation $2,880 $3,840 $960
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000 $750


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.