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Pathologists' Assistant


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

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.

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

Licensure Requirements:

To be licensed as a pathologists’ assistant in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • meet education and examination requirements.

You must file an application for licensure and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 168, Section 8852 of New York's Education Law and Part 79-20 of the Commissioner's Regulations.


The fee for licensure and first registration is $200.
The fee for registration renewal is $150 for each triennial period.
The fee for a limited permit is $105 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018 there were 453 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019 there were 156 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2020 there were 485 licenses issued for Pathologists' Assistant.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Committee for Pathologists' Assistants
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 210
Fax: (518) 486-4846
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1069.07 - Pathologists
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was posted on 2/1/21.

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