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Application Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

  Semester hours Quarter hours
Biology (with lab preferred) 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 3 4
English Composition 3 4

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


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation into the program.


Competitive overall and science GPAs. Successful candidates typically have overall and science GPAs above 3.0.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from former professors, or employers, familiar with the applicant's professional or educational capabilities.


Official transcripts submitted from each college, university, and community college previously attended. If you have studied outside of the US, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated for US equivalency using a service such as or


Evidence of exposure to anatomic pathology.

Narrative Statements

Five photos with accompanying narrative statements (minimum of 250 words per statement).

Matriculation Requirements

All students are required to pass the Rosalind Franklin University criminal background check and meet the technical standards for the Pathologists’ Assistant program prior to matriculation.

Proficiency in basic computer skills.

Read the Technical Standards

If you are a foreign applicant, please contact the admissions department for additional required documentation.