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Anatomy (MS), 1-Year

Student working in the gross anatomy lab

Earn your Master of Science in Anatomy in just one year with our intensive, hands-on program.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Our 12 month, accelerated Master of Science program in Anatomy combines 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.

Depending on the educational level you’ve attained before you enter our program, when you graduate from D’Youville’s MS 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.

Our program is ideal for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who wishes to apply (or re-apply) to medical, dental, chiropractic, or other professional healthcare degree programs or for those who hold professional graduate degrees who wish to add a specialization to their professional credentials.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • All students accepted into the program are awarded teaching assistantships and may be eligible for additional scholarships and financial aid.
  • Students in the program immediately perform their own dissections in our state-of-the-art Gross Anatomy Lab.

Curriculum

Graduate Courses

The Master of Science in Anatomy program is a 12-month program of study consisting of 30 graduate credits. Depending on prior experience and education, some students may also be required to take between one and five undergraduate credits as either pre-or-co-requisites. 

Anatomy
Degree: M.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:
Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 639

Human Gross Anatomy

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply, and functions in movements. Additional dissections involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity.

Prerequisites: BIO-639L, (BIO-507L BIO-508L) or (BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or (BIO-317 BIO-317L) or (BIO-517 BIO-517L) or equivalent.

6.0
BIO 639L

Gross Anat Lab

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply, and functions in movements. Additional dissections involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
BIO 504

Microscopic Anatomy

This course is an in-depth microscopic examination of the organ systems of the body. The development, histology, histophysiology, and histopathology of the tissues and organs of the body will be presented in lecture. Chemistry and biochemistry of the structures will be covered and discussed. The lab incorporates microscopic examination of the organ system and training in processing of tissue for imaging and the use of imaging equipment and the chemical properties and uses of traditional and current staining methods. This course consists of three lectures and three hours of laboratory a week.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: (BIO-101 BIO-101L BIO-102 BIO-102L) or (BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or (BIO-517 BIO-517L) or ANA-601, BIO-504L

4.0
BIO 504L

Microscopic Anatomy Lab

Lab for BIO-504
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: BIO-504

0.0
BIO 505

Neurobiology

This is a lecture and laboratory course studying the human nervous system. Emphasis is placed on the science, biology, and biochemistry of nervous system anatomy and physiology, including research techniques used to study the nervous system, organization and development of the nervous system, neuroanatomy, fundamental concepts of cellular and molecular neurobiology, underlying neuroanatomical and neurophysiological dysfunctions of neurological disorders, sensory and motor systems, and neural tracts. The laboratory includes neuroanatomy models and cadaveric specimens. This course consists of three lectures and three hours of laboratory a week.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: (BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or take (BIO-317 BIO-317L) or take (BIO-517 BIO-517L) or permission of the intstructor., BIO-505L

4.0
BIO 505L

Neurobiology Lab

Lab for BIO-505
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: BIO-505

0.0
BIO 517

Comparative Anatomy

This is a analysis of vertebrates and their chordate origins, including a summarization emphasizing their historical relationships. The major systems, such as integument, muscular, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, and skeletal, are presented and explored with examples from the major vertebrate groups. The course consists of three lectures and three hours of laboratory a week.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: ANA601 and BIO-517L

4.0
BIO 517L

Comparative Anatomy Lab

Lab for BIO-517.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: BIO-517

0.0
BIO 520

Developmental Biology

This is a study of the principles of development and their application to animal and plant embryos, regeneration, metamorphosis, cancer and related processes. The laboratory includes observation and experimentation with living animal and plant material, plant tissue culture and examination of prepared slides.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: BIO-302 BIO-302L, BIO-520L

4.0
BIO 520L

Developmental Biology Lab

Lab for BIO-520
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: BIO-520

0.0
BIO-689 Research Seminar 1
ANA 601

Research Methods in Anatomy I

This course provides guidance to the student in the formulation of an original anatomical project. The student will identify their project, and develop a research plan that includes embryology, histology, neurology and comparative and gross anatomy of their topic, and initiate the introduction and methods sections of a publishable paper and convey their progress to classmates. Students will consider the function of the IRB and assess of the appropriateness of different statistical analyses.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ANA 602

Research Methods in Anatomy II

This course is a continuation of ANA 601 Research Methods in Anatomy I. This is a cadaver-based course in which the student will study and independently dissect additional regions of the cadaver that were exclusively faculty demonstrations during their gross anatomy course (BIO 639). In addition, the student will then perform a thorough dissection of the region of their project topic defined in ANA 601. Emphasis will be placed on correlation of the embryology and histology of the region, and clinical and epidemiology implications of the region. The pathology present will be analyzed. The student will gain experience assisting the instructor(s) in anatomy laboratories. Students will perform the research and analysis needed to complete the publishable manuscript begun in ANA 601.
Offered in: Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: (BIO-639 BIO-639L) or take (BIO-505 BIO-505L), ANA-601

4.0
Total 30

Careers

Careers

The D'Youville Master of Science in 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.
  • We offer a 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites & Admission Requirements

Students entering the program as graduate students must meet the following criteria. 

  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member from your undergraduate institution or a healthcare professional with an advanced degree.
  • A letter of intention.
  • Scores from GRE, MCAT, DAT, or VAT exams (if taken).
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Students must have pre-requisite courses with a minimum grades of "C" if completed at a 4-year institution or "B's" if they were completed at a 2-year institution.
  • Introduction to Biology I & II with laboratory instruction or Anatomy and Physiology I & II with included laboratory instruction.
  • General Chemistry I & II with included laboratory instruction.
  • Organic Chemistry I with included laboratory instruction.
  • Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry I with included laboratory* instruction.
  • Introduction to English I & II
  • Applied Statistics (or biostatistics)
  • Genetics or a Biology course with substantial amounts of Molecular Biology and Genetics content with laboratory instruction.
  • If a biochemistry course is utilized as a pre-requisite, the laboratory and/or genetics and laboratory could be completed after matriculation. Biochemistry and genetics (both with labs) are the only courses that can be completed after you enter the program.

Course equivalencies will be determined during the application process by a thorough review of applicants' undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. In some cases, students may request to take practical comprehensive examinations in lieu of pre-requisites. Please contact the department if you have any questions about these pre-requisites before applying.

Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

All students accepted to the 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.


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