One of only six master's-level programs in the United States, Quinnipiac's MHS program for pathologists' assistants prepares students for careers in great demand throughout the United States. Pathologists' assistants carry out increasingly sophisticated procedures, examinations and determinations in clinical laboratories, hospital laboratories and medical research centers.
The mission of the pathologists' assistant program is to prepare students with comprehensive knowledge in the practice and operation of a pathology laboratory. The program aims to maximize the students' technical proficiency and creative thinking by successfully integrating didactic biomedical knowledge with hospital-based training. The culmination of this type of training assures that the graduates of the program are able to carry out a myriad of functions critical in becoming a successful pathologists' assistant.
Upon successful completion of their training, graduates are employed by pathologists in hospital laboratories, clinical laboratories and medical research centers. Currently, there is a nationwide demand for pathologists' assistants. This demand results from the tremendous explosion in medical information and technology, the demand for new and more sophisticated pathological determinations and a national decline in the number of medical residents in pathology.
During the first three semesters of the six-semester curriculum, students concentrate on course work and attend weekly conferences at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Haven, Connecticut. These conferences orient them to hospital lab settings and prepare them for intensive clinical training at affiliated area hospitals during the second year.
This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631-3415, Tel: 773-714-8880.