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 2025 Nov 1, 2024 Mar 31, 2025
Autumn of 2026 Nov 1, 2025 Mar 31, 2026

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
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

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Tuition & Fees $42,072 $46,256 $10,744
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$2,375 $2,625 $500

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $11,835 $15,780 $3,945
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $18,900 $25,200 $6,300
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $19,800 $26,400 $6,600
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $7,200 $9,600 $2,400
  • Off Campus
  • $18,900 $25,200 $6,300
    Transportation Allowance $3,150 $4,200 $1,050
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,150 $4,200 $1,050
    Federal Student Loan Fees $2,393 $2,958 $217
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.