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Quinnipiac University

Program for Pathologists' Assistant

Hamden, CT


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Health Sciences Master's Programs Are Headquartered in State-of-the-Art Facilities

Quinnipiac's University's Master in Health Science graduate programs emphasize academic excellence in a student-centered community where health science is seen as both science and art. The holistic philosophy at the School of Health Sciences produces a stimulating education that is creative, goal-directed, and research-based. M.H.S. programs are offered in the School of Health Sciences' state-of-the-art building on the campus in North Haven. As students prepare for the challenging, in-demand positions in the burgeoning healthcare industry, they are only a short drive from the main Mount Carmel campus in Hamden and ninety minutes from New York City. "This facility has the best equipment available on the market today to teach students in our School of Health Sciences programs," said Edward O'Connor, the school's dean. "I think you will be hard pressed to find another university in the country that has facilities that rival this one."

Physician Assistant Master of Health Sciences Program Is Fully Licensed and Highly Ranked

Quinnipiac University's nationally recognized physician assistant master's program provides training for the most sought-after profession in health care today. A physician assistant is capable of performing diagnostic studies, assisting in emergency medicine, managing therapeutic plans, and taking patient's histories. They work in private practice, hospitals, extended care facilities, and other healthcare venues alongside physicians. Already during their first year, students are paired with a graduate physician assistant or physician one day each week so they can apply their growing knowledge while caring for patients. The 60-credit curriculum involves students in an extensive network of fieldwork experiences in hospitals, medical centers, extended care facilities, and nursing homes. Fully licensed by the state of Connecticut, the program is placed number 14 out of 138 programs in the U.S. by "U. S. News & World Report."

Pathologists' Assistant Master's-Level Program at QU Is One of Only Six in the United States

Quinnipiac's M.H.S. program for pathologists' assistant is currently one of only six master's-level programs of its kind offered nationwide. The pioneering program is a response to the healthcare industry's increasing demand for pathologists' assistants. The fully-accredited, six-semester curriculum reflects a collaborative partnership with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Haven, Connecticut, and other local and regional hospitals. Classroom study and clinical training prepares students to carry out increasingly sophisticated procedures, examinations, and determinations in laboratories and medical research centers. During the first three semesters, students focus on their course work and attend weekly conferences at the V.A. Medical Center in West Haven. The conferences orient them to hospital lab settings and prepare them for intensive clinical training the following year. When not attending classes or working with tutors, students are trainees in the V.A. laboratories and other partnering hospitals for practical training in anatomic pathology.

One of Four in the Country, Radiologist Assistant Program Helps Meet Dramatic Gap between Demand and Available Service

The radiologist assistant master's degree program is the only such program offered in the Northeast, and is one of four in the entire country. Nationally, salaries for radiologist assistants with master's degrees are double those of radiology technicians with bachelor's degrees. The program's accomplished faculty consists of medical doctors, radiologists, attorneys, pharmacologists, physicists, and Ph.D.s with expertise in imaging modalities, procedures, patient care, management, pharmacology, and anatomy. Students complete approximately 1,500 hours of clinical experience at New Haven-area hospitals, medical centers, and clinics during the 56-credit program.

Medical Laboratory Sciences/Biomedical Sciences Master's Program Offers Three Specialty Tracks

Quinnipiac's Master of Health Science program in biomedical sciences and medical laboratory sciences offers a robust program in biomedical, biotechnological, and laboratory sciences with specialty tracks in biomedical sciences, laboratory management and administration, and microbiology. The program provides the training necessary for graduates to be current with today's rapidly changing technology. The curriculum addresses the cutting-edge knowledge, techniques, and skills needed in biotechnology, molecular biology, molecular and cell biology, medical research, and medical diagnostic settings. Students learn the principles and methods of scientific research that are so essential in a field that has breakthroughs in knowledge every year. The 35??38 credit curriculum is structured so that students can work in a particular specialty or move among related medical laboratory sciences.

Cardiovascular Perfusion Master's Program Is One of Only Eight Graduate-Level Programs in the U.S.

Quinnipiac's 47-credit cardiovascular perfusion program is one of only eight graduate-level programs in the nation. The program's academic course work and rigorous clinical and lab work prepare candidates for the high-level responsibilities of the life and death situations they will face. The perfusionist consults the physician in the selection of equipment and techniques to be used during extracorporeal circulation. During cardiopulmonary bypass, the perfusionist may administer blood products, anesthetic agents, or drugs through the extracorporeal circuit. The cardiovascular perfusion curriculum gives graduate students well-rounded didactic, laboratory, and clinical experience. During the program's clinical phase, which runs for three consecutive semesters, students rotate through a variety of clinical sites to assure adequate exposure to a wide variety of equipment and procedures.

Quinnipiac University's MS in Molecular and Cell Biology Prepares Students for In-Demand Research Careers

The development of recombinant DNA technology has led to the new field of biotechnology and an increased demand for specialists. The Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Cell Biology graduate program prepares students for technical positions in biomedical research in the burgeoning field of molecular and cell biology. The new biotechnology applies molecular biology and cell biology to the detection and treatment of human disease and is now a major division of pharmaceutical research laboratories and other research laboratories where demand for specialists is high. For technicians currently working in pharmaceutical research labs and other industry labs, the masters program enhances knowledge of state-of-the-art research techniques.

MS degree in Molecular Biology and Cell Biology Curriculum

The 34-credit program combines specialized training in laboratory research with a broad education necessary to function in this exciting and rapidly growing field. Quinnipiac's core curriculum provides comprehensive training in advanced biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology, and laboratory methods. In addition to core courses, students select from nearly 40 elective courses that cover a wide spectrum of biotechnology areas such as industrial microbiology, virology, immunology, cancer research, oncology, and molecular pathology. Experienced faculty members of Quinnipiac University's MS in Molecular and Cell Biology program are dedicated to helping students succeed as biotechnology specialists. Program professors and instructors offer the specialized training and individual attention students need to prepare for positions in pharmaceutical and research laboratories. The masters program is offered with a thesis or non-thesis option. Students choosing to complete a master's thesis can conduct original laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty member either on campus or in an industrial or hospital setting.

One of the Nation's Top "Wired" Universities

Graduate students in Quinnipiac University's MS in Molecular Biology and Cell Biology program enjoy the many benefits of QU's reputation as one of the nation's "top wired universities." Quinnipiac's leading-edge campus network includes wireless in all public areas including residence halls, libraries, and classrooms. Public and classroom computer clusters provide hardware and software that complement student laptops. Students have easy online access to email, the Internet, and course materials. Extensive, online library resources enhance the efficiency of course research and study with online bibliographic databases, journals and textbooks. As an innovative technology leader, Quinnipiac University sets the bar higher for other universities.

Nationally Recognized Graduate Programs Are Offered at Quinnipiac University in Hamden and North Haven, CT

Quinnipiac University (QU) is an independent university in Hamden, CT, situated amidst picturesque, forested hills eight miles north of New Haven, CT. The university is 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Founded in 1929, the renowned New England university has earned a national reputation for its high-caliber undergraduate and graduate programs in business, law, journalism, teaching, nursing, and the health professions.

Quinnipiac University Financial Aid Sources

Approximately 70 percent of Quinnipiac students receive financial aid for tuition costs. The New England-based university's Office of Graduate Financial Aid helps graduate students understand the various educational loan options so that they can make the best decision for their personal, financial situation.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Health Sciences (MHS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 23

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Residency


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Interview, coursework in biological and health sciences, minimum GPA of 3.0

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards May 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 8.7%
Black or African American 4.35%
White or Caucasian 60%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 15.22%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4.35%
Unknown 6.52%


Male (28%)
Female (71%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 3
Part-time - 1


Focus of faculty research: ACL injury mechanism and running injuries and performance; transcriptional activators upstream stimulatory factor (USF); identification of novel antimicrobials; vaccines, formites and opportunistic pathogens; molecular biology of the Lyme Disease agent, Borrelia burgdorferi; molecular and microscopic techniques in host-pathogen interactions; non-invasive vascular biology, external pneumatic compression, sports performance
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States
Contact Robert Cottrell
Program Director
Phone: 203-582-8672

Quinnipiac University