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. degree or complete the requirements for a degree before enrollment. The degree should be in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences; however, applicants with health science or non-science degrees will be considered if they have a strong science background (for example: nursing or science education). 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 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 and P/F credits will not be considered for prerequisites. AP credits 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). GRE 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 the minimum required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress.

  1. Anatomy & physiology with laboratory: 6 – 8 semester hours
  2. General chemistry with laboratory: 4 – semester hours
  3. Organic chemistry, biochemistry, or a survey course with laboratory: 4 semester hours
  4. Statistics or calculus: 3 semester hours

Other recommended courses include comparative anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, physics, or calculus.

Comprehensive Approach

The anatomy curriculum immerses students in the science’s six major disciplines, biochemistry, cell anatomy/histology, genetics, human gross anatomy, pathophysiology, and neuroanatomy. 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 students. The graduate student in this anatomy program will go through hands-on training for anatomy dissection on human cadavers.

Anatomy Cadaver Lab

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


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


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

Graduation Requirement

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

Courses Sequence

1st SemesterCourse #Course TitleCredits
(Summer)ANAT – 700Human Gross Anatomy ( Lecture and Lab)5
ANAT – 720Pathophysiology (Lecture)4
ANAT – 500Research Seminar2
ANAT – 600Teaching Anatomy Education (Lecture)1
Semester Totals12
2nd SemesterCourse #Course TitleCredits
(Fall)ANAT – 740Histology and Cell Anatomy (Lecture and Lab)4
ANAT – 760Biochemistry (Lecture)3
ANAT – 820Integrated Systems (Lecture)2
ANAT – 620Instructional Practicum (Graduate Assistant Experience)2
ANAT – 520Research Seminar 1
Semester Totals12
3rd SemesterCourse #Course TitleCredit
(Spring)ANAT – 800Neuroanatomy (Lecture and Lab)4
ANAT – 780 Medical Genetics (Lecture)2
ANAT – 640Instructional Practicum (Graduate Assistant Experience)3
ANAT – 540Research Seminar 2
ANAT – 860Comprehensive Anatomy (Capstone)1
Semester Totals12

Costs and Fees

Tuition for the program will be a flat rate of $10,500 per semester, plus fees. Further information regarding the cost of room and board, tuition, etc. is available by request.

Price of Attendance

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.

Thomas Moore

Dean of the College of Medical Science, Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Thomas Moore

Dean of the College of Medical Science, Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

(304) 457-6283

Dr. Thomas Moore, EdD., DMSc, PA-C, is the Dean, College of Medical Science, Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies, and Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies.  Dr. Moore is a graduate of the AB University PA Program with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies, and a Master of Medical Science degree in Surgery. He has also completed the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Certificate Program, graduated from Walden University with a Doctor of Education, and from the University of Lynchburg with a Doctor of Medical Science degree.

Dr. Moore’s areas of practice include Surgical Critical Care and Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is NCCPA certified and a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American Association for Anatomy, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators.