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Application Requirements

In addition to the university’s minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Prerequisite Coursework

  Semester hours Quarter hours
Biology (with lab preferred; Human Anatomy and/or Physiology recommended) 3 4
Microbiology (with lab preferred) 3 4
General Chemistry (with lab preferred) 3 4
Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry (with lab preferred) 3 4
College-level Mathematics (Statistics recommended) 3 4
English Composition (English Composition I or II and/or Rhetoric recommended) 3 4

Ten year rule: Applicants are required to have completed the necessary prerequisites for matriculation within 10 years of their application submission date. Each prerequisite course needs to meet the minimum credit hours noted above, receive a final grade of "C" or better, and must be taken at an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation into the program.

Online and/or distance learning courses: In recognition of many undergraduate institutions which have moved courses to online instruction, the program will waive typical requirements for prerequisite courses, which includes laboratory experiences to be completed in person, and will accept spring and summer 2020 coursework delivered via online or distance learning to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement.

Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses: The program will waive letter grade requirements for prerequisite courses, and accept spring and summer 2020 coursework that is graded on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement, particularly if the applicant was not given the choice to take the course on this basis. When provided the choice by an undergraduate institution, applicants are encouraged to maintain letter grade requirements.


Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation into the program.


A minimum overall and science grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required prior to matriculation to the program. Preference is given to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from former professors, employers or those who are familiar with the applicant's professional or educational capabilities are required. It is recommended that letters of recommendation are dated within 1-2 years of the application submission date.


Official transcripts from each college, university, and community college previously  or currently attended are required. Applicants who have studied outside of the U.S. will need to have their transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency using a service such as or


Applicants must have a strong understanding of the profession. A minimum of 8 hours of surgical pathology exposure is recommended. To be a competitive applicant, additional exposure hours are encouraged, and should be obtained within two years of your application. Exposure to autopsy pathology is recommended, but not required.

Narrative Statements

Five photos with accompanying narrative statements are required. Each narrative statement must be a minimum of 250 words. One of the five narratives must discuss your understanding of, and exposure to, the pathologists’ assistant profession.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

A resume or curriculum vitae is required. 

Computer Skills

Proficiency in basic computer skills including the ability to use email, the internet, word processing and the ability to create presentations and/or use and create spreadsheets.


Proficiency in written and verbal English is required.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination is required of all foreign applicants from countries which English is not the native language and who have not attended an American college or university for two consecutive years. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide an official report of the TOEFL.

The GRE is not required.

Technical Standards

Read and meet Technical Standards for the Pathologists’ Assistant program prior to matriculation.

Background Check

Admitted students are required to pass the Rosalind Franklin University criminal background check.

Optional Application Narrative

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a new optional application question, which allows them to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically impacted their journey toward pathologists’ assistant education, either personally or educationally.