Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy

Students working in the anatomy lab

Program Purpose

The Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy (MSCA) graduate program provides a comprehensive professional education that focuses on developing professional teachers of applied clinical anatomy. Through Northeast College of Health Sciences and cooperating institutions, students are trained in pedagogical technique and practical teaching experience to students of chiropractic, medicine, nursing, and other health care professions.

Program Description

The program is a two-year, full-time program devoted to the discipline of teaching anatomical sciences in clinical settings. It includes academic, pedagogical, and scholarly components. The program leads to a Master of Science degree in Clinical Anatomy. The graduate of the program will have expertise and experience to teach human gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology and histology in a variety educational and healthcare settings.

The program is rigorous, and students are selected on a competitive basis for limited openings. Applicants are chosen based upon academic credentials and an interview with the selection committee. The primary responsibilities of MSCA students include teaching in laboratories and lectures of various anatomical sciences courses, both at Northeast and at our partner institutions. Additionally, students are responsible for the design and completion of a master’s thesis.

Admission to the M.S.C.A. Program

A limited number of three-year residency positions are available for admission into the MSCA program. Upon completion of the MS degree requirements in applied clinical anatomy at the end of their second year, the residents teach both at Northeast and at our partner institutions during their third year. Residents are paid a competitive salary, are eligible to participate in Northeast's benefits package, and also may qualify for postdoctoral grants with certain funding agencies.

Academic requirements of candidates seeking admissions into the MSCA program include:

  • must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning,
  • must hold a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and have successfully completed all National Board examinations,
  • must have an anatomy cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 with no grade lower than a "C" in any anatomical science course within their Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, 
  • should have at least a 3.0 overall GPA within their Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.

Candidates for the MSCA program must apply by submitting a residency application to the Human Resources Department  Applications are available online and should be submitted with all required materials stated on the application form to the Director of Human Resources..
Interested individuals  may contact the Dean of Faculty and Research to inquire further about the MSCA academic program and the admission requirements.

Jeanmarie R. Burke, PhD
Dean of Faculty and Research
Northeast College of Health Sciences
2360 State Rte 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Phone: (315) 568-3868

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