Pathologists' Assistant

Our program is one of two NAACLS accredited programs offered in Canada.

The Master of Pathologists’ Assistant program is a course-based professional master’s degree that can lead to direct employment within a pathology laboratory as a Pathologists’ Assistant. Our program is one of two NAACLS accredited programs offered in Canada; this allows our graduates to qualify for the ASCP and CCCPA examinations required to apply for jobs across North America. Through hands on experience in high paced medical laboratories students learn to perform tasks, such as the dissection of surgical specimens and autopsies, under the direct supervision of a Pathologist. Attention to detail, problem solving and collaborative skills are essential to successful completion of the course-based program.

This program is affiliated directly with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Course-based Program

The Master of Pathologists' Assistant (MDPA) program is a twenty-one (21) month continuous (not including holidays) course-based masters program that includes both in class work along side practicum components.

All students are considered full-time.  Part-time status may be considered and must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

Sabrina Anderson
Graduate Program Administrator 
mpath@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403.210.6689
Fax: 403.210.8109

Jim Wright, Professor
NAACLS - Medical Director
University of Calgary - Graduate Program Director

Bill Gorday, Clinical Lecturer
NAACLS - Program Director
University of Calgary - Assistant Graduate Program Director

Program Specific Information


History

The University of Calgary launched a new Pathologists' Assistant (PA) M.Sc. training program as a specialization within the Medical Sciences Graduate Program starting July 2012.  In 2015 the Master of Pathologists' Assistant program was fully approved through the University of Calgary and Alberta Government to start taking students in September 2016.

Accrediting Body

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), an American agency that accredits training programs of allied health professionals who work in anatomic pathology or clinical pathology laboratories, has approved the program.  NAACLS approval is based upon a formal evaluation process demonstrating that the program appears to meet all requirements for formal accreditation, which the program has obtained.

Career Prospects

After graduation, students are eligible to sit the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) PA board-certification examination and the Canadian Council of Pathologists' Assistnat (CCCPA) PA certification examination.  To maximize job options on both sides of the border, we strongly recommend that graduates sit both examinations.

Program Success Statistics

  2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Graduation Rate     

2/2

3/3

3/3

1/1

4/4

Exam Pass Rate

1/1 (100%)    

3/3 (100%)   

2/2 (100%)   

0

100%

(ASCP 2/2)

(CCCPA 4/4)   

Attrition Rate

0/2 (0%)

0/3 (0%)

0/3 (0%)

0/1 (0%)

0/4 (0%)

Placement Rate

2/2 (100%)

3/3 (100%)

3/3 (100%)

1/1 (100%)   

4/4 (100%)