Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a two-month Pathologists' Assistant Internship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The internship provides students a clinical rotation site with primary emphasis on autopsy.

While national autopsy rates have declined, Mayo Clinic averages more than 500 forensic and hospital autopsy cases each year at its Rochester campus. Students participate in evisceration, prosection, slide review and written documentation of autopsy findings.

Pathologists' assistant interns also rotate through Mayo Clinic's unique frozen section labs at the Saint Marys campus and Methodist campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. Interns are exposed to the gross and microscopic examination of complex surgical specimens. Students also spend time in the Hilton Gross Cutting Laboratory, where they will handle cardiovascular and liver explant specimens.


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Affiliated institution

To complete the Pathologists' Assistant Internship at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, you must have completed the first year of Quinnipiac University's Master of Health Science Pathologists' Assistant Program.

For more information or to enroll in this program, contact:

Pathologists' Assistant Program
Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518


Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is one of the largest clinical laboratories in the world. Approximately 1,600 people work in more than 40 specialty laboratories. Mayo Clinic performs more than 20 million tests each year.

A highly skilled team of pathologists, physicians, scientists, clinical laboratory scientists, clinical laboratory technicians, biologists, chemists, geneticists and other specialists performs lab work. Patient specimens for testing come from Mayo Clinic, as well as clinics and hospitals throughout the world.

The wide repertoire of test services, high volume of specimens received for testing, and diverse and highly educated faculty make Mayo an ideal educational setting for students in clinical laboratory science training programs.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Pathologists' Assistant Internship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the internship, your schedule is Monday through Friday with occasional weekends. Hours may vary by rotation.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to 12 students to its Pathologists' Assistant Internship. Two students participate in the internship at a time, and new students begin every two months. This ensures you receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

Oct. 29, 2014