Michael Ludwig and Caitlin McMenamin, both students in the Anatomy Graduate Program at Penn State College of Medicine, are seen at work in a lab in the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences. The two are looking downward and framed at right by clean glassware hanging on a lab wall.

Anatomy MS

Preparation for Professional Education

The MS program in Anatomy at Penn State College of Medicine is a research-oriented degree with an emphasis in preparing students for further professional education (such as allopathic or osteopathic medicine, dentistry or physical therapy) or transitioning to doctoral programs in anatomy or other biomedical disciplines.

The program, generally completed within two years, requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in anatomical courses (human gross anatomy, histology, and embryology) and biomedical classes along with multidisciplinary research that culminates in an oral defense of a written thesis.

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About the Program

Curriculum

In addition to the traditional areas of study including gross anatomy, histology, human embryology and neuroanatomy, the curriculum will include core courses in cell biology, systems biology, biochemistry and physiology.

Each student will conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in the oral defense of a written thesis.

Altogether, the program requires 30 credit hours, of which at least 18 must be in 500- and 600-level courses, with a B average or better in academic courses.

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Student Housing

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Housing in University Manor apartments is available to Penn State College of Medicine students.

Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdocs and visiting scholars.

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Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Two banners depicting cartoon candy characters are seen on a light pole in downtown Hershey, PA, in summer 2016, with a brick building with large glass windows in the background.
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Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

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