Clinical Pathologist Assistant

Clinical Pathologist Assistant

Entry Term Deadline
Degree: M.S.
Director: Floyd Josephat, EdD
Phone: (205) 934-1348

Program Information

Program Mission

The Faculty of the Clinical Pathologist Assistant program is committed to service to the community and to providing high quality education to prepare students with a solid educational background and a set of skills translatable to a variety of laboratory settings including hospital laboratories, industry, research laboratories, and many more. The Faculty, in its concern for the health and safety of the general public, is committed to ensuring that each student develops knowledge, skills and values essential to the appropriate role providing the basis for continuing intellectual and professional growth.

M.S. Admission Requirements

In addition to the general Graduate School admission requirements, applicants to the M.S. program must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree, or higher, in Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science/Clinical Laboratory Science.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0).
  • Have taken the GRE General Test.
  • Have earned certification as a clinical laboratory scientist.
  • Have worked as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist for 2 years minimum.

If accepted, students must complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service before enrollment.  A background check and drug screen will be required at program admission and prior to clinical placement.

Persons with a Bachelor of Science degree may be eligible to register for courses as non-degree seeking graduate students before acceptance into the M.S. program. If a non-degree seeking graduate student meets the M.S. program admission requirements, up to 12 semester hours of approved non-degree graduate coursework may be accepted for the M.S. degree. Admission of a student to any course as a non-degree student does not constitute admission to the M.S. degree program.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental tasks, behaviors, and abilities necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the Program.  Essential functions are physical abilities, mental abilities, skills, attitudes, and behaviors the students must evidence or perform at each stage of their education.  The absence of an essential function would fundamentally alter a student's ability to meet the program goals. The essential requirements include categories of observation, movement, communication, intellect, and behavior. 

If you have a disability, but have not contacted Disability Support Services (DSS), please call 934-4205 or visit the DSS offices at 1701 9th Avenue South.  Additional information is available at

Requirement Fulfilled By:
Entry Term: Fall Semester
Deadline for ALL Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office: Early Acceptance: February 1; Regular Acceptance: May 1
Entrance Tests: GRE and for international applicants from non-English speaking countries, scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE)

Contact Information

For detailed information, contact the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Clinical Pathology Assistant Program, UAB School of Health Professions, SHPB 430, 1716 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212.
Telephone 205-934-3209.

First Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CPA 6063CPA 6053CPA 6093
CPA 6073CPA 6083CPA 6513
CPA 6503CPA 5523CPA 6533
 9 9 9
Second Year
First TermHours  
CPA 6543  
CPA 6983  
CPA 6905  
Total credit hours: 38