This unique dual-degree program prepares you for the study of pathology and laboratory medicine with direct exposure to the clinical elements, providing an easy transition to graduate-level study. The BS in Biomedical Sciences grounds you in such subjects as biology, chemistry and microbiology, with a focus on human health and disease and the development of lab skills and research acumen. This positions you for direct entry into our highly competitive, NAACLS-accredited Pathologists’ Assistant program, one of only 13 of its kind in the U.S. and Canada.
The graduate PA program blends the classroom and laboratory dynamic for a collaborative and hands-on learning experience. You’ll learn to examine, process and prepare tissue specimens for a variety of clinical tests and procedures, such as light microscopy, biomedical imaging and tumor triage. Your 12-month rotations place you in both community and university hospitals, where you’ll apply your skills in settings for both surgical and autopsy pathology. You’ll graduate positioned for a range of high-demand careers in hospitals, clinical laboratories, research and medical teaching facilities.
You’ll begin taking PA courses as early as your junior year, not only cutting down time for degree completion and easing your graduate-level course load, but saving costs on your graduate education as well. Additionally, as a 4+2 undergraduate, you’ll still have opportunities to participate in faculty-mentored research, either during the semester as part of an independent study, or over the summer as part of the Quinnipiac Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS).