Master of Science in Anatomy
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The mission of the Alderson Broaddus University, College of Medical Science, School of Anatomical Science is to foster a continuing level of excellence in teaching anatomical disciplines to professional students in health-related and scientific fields while preparing them with the tools, and scientific knowledge needed to become future anatomical scientists and educators.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission in the Master of Science in anatomy program, you must have a B.A. or B.S. or complete the requirements for a degree before enrollment. The degree should be in the biological, chemical or physical sciences; however, applicants with non-science degrees will be considered if they have a strong science background. The bachelor’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Students who are intellectually capable and possess investigative skills and inquisitive minds will find challenging, rewarding and fulfilling opportunities at Alderson Broaddus University.

Academic Requirements

A prerequisite GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for admission. All prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited institutions (or foreign equivalents). No grade lower than a C accepted for prerequisite coursework. CLEP credits, AP credits and P/F credits will not be considered for prerequisites. AP courses will be considered on a case by case basis.

Entrance Exams

Applicants must supply exam results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Competitive scores are Qualitative 150, verbal 150 and Analytical writing 3.5. Test scores more than three years old are not accepted.


The College Level courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress.

  1. Anatomy & Physiology – 6-8 semester hours with laboratory
  2. General Chemistry – 4 semester hours with lab
  3. Organic chemistry , Biochemistry or Survey Course – 4 semester hours with lab
  4. Statistics – 3 semester hours

Other recommended courses include Comparative anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and calculus.

Comprehensive Approach

The anatomy curriculum immerses students in the science’s six major disciplines, gross anatomy, cell anatomy, embryology, histology, neuroanatomy, and radiology anatomy. Students will conduct research and discuss topics in anatomy during the research seminar courses, while also introducing the student to the traditional methods of classroom management, classroom instruction, educational theories, seminar presentation, and mentored practical instructional experience with undergraduate and graduate students. The graduate student in this anatomy program will go through hands on training for anatomy dissection on human cadavers.

Anatomy Cadaver Lab

The gross anatomy cadaver lab at ABU is state of art that includes 12 cadavers and flat screen monitors and computers at each dissection station.


Technology incorporated throughout the M.S. of Anatomy program. ABU uses wireless technology for access to the network and the Internet. Mobile computing devices are recommended.


In order to complete capstone, it should be made clear that student will need to pass comprehensive exam in anatomy.

Courses Sequence

1st Semester Course # Course Title Credits
(Summer) ANAT – 700 Human Gross Anatomy ( Lecture and Lab) 5
ANAT – 720 Pathophysiology (Lecture) 4
ANAT – 500 Research Seminar  (Seminar) 2
ANAT – 600 Teaching Anatomy Education (Lecture) 1
                                                                                      Semester Totals              12


2nd Semester Course # Course Title Credits
(Fall) ANAT – 740 Histology and Cell Anatomy  (Lecture and Lab) 4
ANAT – 760 Biochemistry  (Lecture) 3
ANAT – 820 Integrated Systems   (Lecture) 2
ANAT – 620 Instructional Practicum  (Graduate Assistant Experience) 2
ANAT – 520 Research Seminar  (Seminar) 1
Semester Totals 12


3rd Semester Course # Course Title Credit
(Spring) ANAT – 800 Neuroanatomy   (Lecture and Lab) 4
ANAT – 780 Medical Genetics (Lecture) 2
ANAT – 640 Instructional Practicum  (Graduate Assistant Experience) 3
ANAT – 540 Research Seminar   (Seminar) 2
ANAT – 860 Comprehensive Anatomy  (Capstone) 1
Semester Totals 12

Costs and Fees

Tuition for the program will be a flat rate of $10,000 per semester, plus fees. Further information regarding cost of room and board, tuition, etc. is available by request.

Financial Aid

Alderson Broaddus University participates in the Department of Education’s Direct Loan Program where graduate students can apply for the Stafford Loan and the Graduate PLUS Loan. Graduate students are also eligible for Federal Work-Study positions on campus. For more information students should go to or contact the Financial Aid Office about financial aid for graduate studies.

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
_____ANAT 7015Human Gross Anatomy (Core I)
_____ANAT 7025Human Gross Anatomy (Core II)
_____ANAT 7104Histology/Cell Anatomy
_____ANAT 7204Neuroanatomy
_____ANAT 7404Embryology
_____ANAT 7503Radiological Anatomy
_____ANAT 8002Instructional Practicum
_____ANAT 8102Research Seminar in Anatomy
_____ANAT 8501Capstone (Comprehensive Anatomy Exam)
_____EDUC 7403Instruction by Design
_____EDUC 7603Classroom Management Theories

Graduation Requirement:
Completion of 36 Credit hours, no course grade less than a “C” in any course, a cumulative GPA 3.0, and passing score on the comprehensive examination required for graduation. (A student has 6 years from date of enrollment to complete the program).

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