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Part 52, Registration of Curricula for Licensed Pathologists’ Assistants

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In addition to meeting all the applicable provisions of this Part, to be registered as a program recognized as leading to licensure as a pathologists’ assistant, which meets the requirements of section 79-20.1 of this Title, the program shall:

  1. be a pathologists’ assistant program or a substantially equivalent program as determined by the department, which leads to a bachelor’s or higher degree;
  2. include courses in each of the following subjects or their equivalent as determined by the department:
    1. practices in anatomic pathology, which shall encompass surgical and autopsy pathology, including, but not limited to:
      1. principles and methodologies;
      2. performance of procedures;
      3. correlation of clinical information and gross pathology with proper technique;
      4. problem solving;
      5. troubleshooting techniques;
      6. principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement; and
      7. laboratory management;
    2. anatomy and basic microanatomy;
    3. human physiology;
    4. anatomic pathology, including, but not limited to:
      1. surgical pathology techniques:
        1. adult; and
        2. pediatric;
      2. autopsy techniques:
        1. medical autopsy techniques;
          1. adult; and
          2. pediatric;
        2. forensic autopsy techniques:
          1. adult;
          2. pediatric; and
          3. toxicology collection techniques;
      3. histological methods and techniques:
        1. concepts of immunohistochemistry;
      4. concepts of molecular diagnostics;
      5. microbiology/immunology;
      6. clinical pathology;
      7. embryology;
      8. laboratory safety;
      9. laboratory information systems;
      10. laboratory management;
      11. medical ethics;
      12. medical terminology; and
      13. biomedical photography;
    5. application of laboratory safety governmental regulations and standards as applied to anatomic pathology, including, but not limited to:
      1. principles and practices of professional conduct;
      2. principles of interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication and team-building skills;
      3. principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to clinical laboratory science; and
      4. educational methodologies;
    6. learning experiences, including, but not limited to courses, practica and/or other required activities, must be properly sequenced and include necessary content and activities to enable students to achieve entry level competencies in each of the major disciplines listed in this section