Pathologists' Assistant

pathologists' assistantPathologists' assistants provide services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician who practices anatomic pathology.

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • preparing gross tissue sections for pathology analysis, which includes, but is not limited to, cutting, staining as required, describing gross anatomic features, dissecting surgical specimens, and submitting tissues for bio-banking, histologic processing, or other analyses; and
  • performing human postmortem examinations, which includes, but is not limited to, selection of tissues and fluids for further examination, external examination, dissection, and gathering and recording information for autopsy reports.

Pathologists' assistants do not diagnose or provide a medical opinion.

Services of a pathologists' assistant must be performed in a laboratory or other site authorized under law to perform such services.

Last Updated: January 4, 2018