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PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Residential Program

As the healthcare industry expands, the need for anatomy instructors is now higher than ever. Strategically prepare yourself for a career that’s in demand with a Ph.D. in Anatomy & Cell Biology degree from Liberty University.

With this degree, you will gain hundreds of hours of teaching experience in human anatomy. And you will become a classroom-ready anatomy instructor at any undergraduate, graduate, or medical school. Gain the rewarding opportunity of preparing students in the healthcare field for careers in nursing, physical therapy, and medicine.

You can also take advantage of our second-degree option, and earn an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences while completing your Ph.D. in Anatomy & Cell Biology.

The Ph.D. in Anatomy & Cell Biology is offered by the Department of Biology & Chemistry.

Teaching & Research for the Ph.D. in Anatomy & Cell Biology

The Ph.D. in Anatomy & Cell Biology degree program is a teaching intensive. Your coursework will include teaching practicums in areas such as cadaver dissection, cell biology, zoology, human biology, anatomy and physiology, and more.

Select your own area of emphasis in your teaching so you can influence the direction your experience takes.

As part of the program, you will also complete a research dissertation. You’ll gain research experience first through rotations with 2-3 faculty members and have ready-to-publish research results.

Most of your instruction-based coursework is completed in your first two years allowing you to focus on your own teaching as well as your research project.


Credit Hours

  • 96-97 credit hours

Program of Study (DCP)

Courses You Could Take

  • Human Genetics (BIOM 503)
  • Biomedical Ethics (BIOM 600)
  • Human Neurology & Neuroanatomy (BIOM 610)
  • Microbial Pathogenesis & Virology (BIOM 625)

Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • B.S. or M.S. in a biomedical science-related field from an accredited university
    • Degrees such as biology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, biopsychology, etc.
  • MCAT 60th percentile or GRE 300 combined verbal and quantitative
    • Test waived for students with an M.S. degree and 3.0 GPA
  • 3 faculty/professional recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose (1,000-1,500 words) including:
    • Personal background
    • Motivation for getting the degree
    • Career goals
    • Christian commitment
    • Views on origins
  • Research experience preferred

Get Started with Your Degree

Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical Research Scientist
  • Cadaver dissection instructor for college, graduate, or medical school
  • Anatomy professor at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional school level
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