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Common Questions

What does the admissions committee look for in an applicant?
Candidates are evaluated on their entire merit, no one criterion is used exclusively in the evaluation of a candidate. Successful candidates typically have strong academic preparation, extensive experience in anatomic pathology and the laboratory setting, exceptional letters of recommendation (submitted with the admission package) and exceptional photo and narrative submissions.

How long is the program?
The program is 8 academic quarters or approximately 22 months of study.

What is the timeline for the admissions process?

  • To simplify and facilitate the admissions process, RFUMS utilizes an online application process.
  • Applications for the current admissions cycle will be available on the 1st Monday of August, annually
  • Applications and all application materials must be submitted by the last Friday of February, annually.
  • Interviews are held on campus between October and March.
  • The program begins in late May.

How can I check my status?
Once your application has been submitted online, you may check your application with RFUCAS by logging on to your profile, calling them at 617-612-2070 ext. 4 or emailing them at

How do I use Interfolio to send my letters of recommendation?
Please follow these instructions on how to upload letters from Interfolio to an online application system.

When are interviews held and does everyone get invited to interview?
Interviews are typically held between October and March. This is a competitive process and not all applicants are invited to interview.

When does the program start?
The program matriculates in late May.

What is the class size?
32 Students per class.

Do you require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
No. We do not require applicants to submit official GRE scores.

Do you give preference to Illinois residents?
No. RFUMS is a private university. We make no distinction by state of residency in our admissions policy. Tuition costs are the same regardless of state of residency.

Can I transfer into the program?
The Pathologists' Assistant program in the College of Health Professions does not accept transfer applications nor does it accept transfer credits.

Does RFUMS offer financial assistance to its students?
Visit the Financial Aid Office for more information.

How can I get in touch with the Admissions Office?
Email us:
Call us: 847-578-3204
Our address:
Rosalind Franklin University
Pathologists' Assistant Admissions
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064