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Biology (BA or BS) + Anatomy (MS), 5-Year

Students working in D'Youville's gross anatomy lab.

Graduate ahead of your peers with an advanced degree by entering as an undergraduate in Biology and earning your MS in Anatomy in only five years.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Enter as a undergraduate in D'Youville's combined BA or BS Biology + MS Anatomy, and you'll benefit from intensive, hands-on study with a solid grounding in contemporary research techniques. You'll gain valuable practical experience in our cutting-edge human gross anatomy labs all while working closely with faculty both in the classroom and in research settings.

When you graduate from D’Youville’s Anatomy program, you’ll be well-prepared for a variety of career paths including pursuing a professional healthcare or science degree (MD, DO, PA, DC, PhD, etc.), academic research and instruction, or scientific and managerial positions in health-related industries.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Our program is ideal for anyone who wishes to apply to medical, dental, chiropractic, or other professional healthcare degree programs.
  • Duing the master's portion of your program, all students are awarded teaching assistantships and may be eligible for additional scholarships and financial aid.
  • You'll benefit from hands-on experience in anatomy through dissection of human cadavers in our state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory. Typically, courses like this are taught in the first year of medical or dental school. D'Youville is one of the very few institutions to offer gross anatomy courses for undergraduate students.

Courses

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Human Gross Anatomy — BIO 639

Work in teams to completely dissect a human cadaver in our state of the art anatomy lab, perform in-depth dissections to gain a unique hands-on experience that can’t be recreated digitally, and accompany your instructor as they study and view structures not typically seen in dissection.

Advanced Human Dissection — ANA 603

Dissect a human cadaver on your own and present your dissection to the class as if you were teaching a course on gross anatomy. At the end of the course, you’ll select a specific region to dissect and present to the class.

Anatomy Capstone — ANA 604

Work one on one with your instructor to develop a scientific manuscript that reviews the anatomy, development, histology, and dissection protocol of a specific region of the human body. Become an expert on a topic of your choosing and for your eventual career.

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Careers

Careers

The D'Youville combined BA/BS + MS Anatomy program is designed to prepare students for further professional study in healthcare, academic teaching and research, or to help those with a professional healthcare degree to acquire a specialization in Anatomy. Our highly-supportive, cutting-edge program is ideal for:

  • Those seeking additional education in order to apply (or re-apply) to a professional degree program in a variety of healthcare fields including:
    • Medical Doctor (MD)
    • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    • Dental (DDS, DMD, DD, etc.)
    • Physicians Assistant (PA)
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Holders of professional degrees who are looking to acquire an additional credential as a specialty.
  • Graduates of professional healthcare degree programs that do not offer cadaver dissection as part of their curriculum (e.g. Caribbean, Italian, or Polish medical schools) who wish to enhance their CVs when pursuing employment in the United States or to earn surgical fellowships.*
  • Current instructors or professors currently holding a PhD in the biological sciences who wish to pursue an academic career in Anatomy.
  • Chiropractors who wish to teach Anatomy at Chiropractic colleges.

Scholarships

Scholarships

The MS Anatomy program offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid to qualified students including:

  • Teaching assistantships awarded to all students entering the MS Anatomy program.
  • Automatic 25-50% scholarships for qualified students entering the BS/MS program that continues throughout your 5 years of study.
  • A wide range of other financial aid options are available for qualified students. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details about applying or qualifying for aid.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarships

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Teaching Assistantships

Students enrolled in the graduate component of the combined BS/MS Anatomy program are awarded a Teaching Assistantship position. While this position does not provide full tuition-remission, it does provide a stipend that can help with expenses while also giving you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience under the supervision of a faculty member.

Unlike many institutions that require TAs to function as the primary instructor for the courses they teach, our TAs partner with experienced faculty members to assist with course duties, provide open laboratory hours for studying/tutoring allowing our students some teaching experience while allowing time to complete their allowing our students more time to pursue their degrees.


Contact Us

Please contact us to learn about the current award amount or to receive further details about the teaching assistantship requirements.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites & Admission Requirements

Students entering as first time in college students into the joint BS/MS program must meet D'Youville entrance criteria.

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 (BA) or 85 (BS) with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2 (BA) or 2.5 (BS)

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Students looking to acquire a Biology BS but not meeting requirements can be admitted to BA and then promoted later based on performance within the courses.


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