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New and Improved – Continuous Access to Online Certification Examination Study Materials Until Passing the Exam

*Eff. Jan 1, 2020: Complimentary study course access for AAPA student members*

Those preparing for the certification exam will now have the ability to access valuable resources that are continually updated until they have passed the exam.  Because the practice questions will be updated throughout the year, you will always have access to the most up-to-date materials.  This includes additional supplemental study materials as well as new study questions by content area.


IMPORTANT: Effective January 1, 2020, all first-year* AAPA student members will automatically be given access to the study course when they join the association.  Therefore, student members or those planning to join as first-year student members should NOT place an order for the study course separately.  Upon joining, you will automatically be granted access and sent a confirmation email when your membership is processed.

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*ALL students who join the AAPA during the 2020 calendar year will be granted access to the study course; only students who join in their first year will be given free access thereafter.


"The study course that the AAPA has was the only thing I used and I thought it prepared me very well for the exam!" - Megan Demske, PA(ASCP)CM, 2016 Rosalind Franklin University graduate

"The study course was all I needed to pass the exam." - Michelle Robben, PA(ASCP)CM, 2015 Rosalind Franklin University graduate

“The primary material I used to study for the Certification Exam was the exam study course made by the AAPA, and I would recommend the study course to everyone! I found the organization of the content into review, definitions, quizzes, and additional resources to be very beneficial. I mainly studied from the quizzes, as I felt they most adequately prepared me for the types of questions that would be on the exam - in fact, I think a handful of the questions were actually on my official exam! The quizzes are broken down by chapters in Robbins and are a great way to gauge what material you know well and what material you may need to review. Overall, the AAPA exam study course was my best friend when studying for the certification exam and I would highly recommend it to anyone studying to take the exam!" - Karah Jones, PA(ASCP)CM, 2016 University of Maryland graduate

The entire online course will include:

  • Reference list
    • The texts listed are based on the approved exam references published by the ASCP-BOC.
  • Practice questions organized by content area
  • Website list for gross photo identification and practice
  • Common definition list referenced to Robbins Basic Pathology 8th & 9th edition
    • Printable PDF of list of pathological terms and disease processes to define
    • Printable PDF of definitions from Robbins Basic Pathology 8th & 9th edition
  • Self-Quiz cards
  • Pathologists’ Assistant Examination Content Guideline (published by the ASCP-BOC) 
  • Study guide published by the AAPA.
    • Based on Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th & 9th Edition
             Printable PDF
  • Brief anatomy review
Content will be updated routinely.

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