Online Graduate Physiology Education Programs
A degree in physiology often combines anatomy and physiology, although these programs aren't often available online. Find out about program options and coursework, and learn about prerequisites.
Are There Any Graduate Physiology Programs Online?
Due to the nature of the program, graduate educations in physiology degree programs are very rare online. One graduate degree program that is available is designed for health professionals who have already completed all lab requirements. The Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction degree program is designed for chiropractic professionals and biologists who hold a graduate degree and want to teach at the college level.
The majority of coursework is taken online in this program. A one-week practicum may be required at the completion of the program. Topics covered in the program may include instructional practice and theory, anatomy and physiology, muscular systems, skeletal systems, nervous systems, genetics, medical microbiology and urinary systems.
|Online Availability||Limited availability|
|Specializations||Organ systems, cellular, molecular|
|Common Courses||Endocrinology, statistics, neurobiology, renal physiology, reproduction biology|
|Admission Requirements||Bachelor of Science in a related discipline, written and oral examination, Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and above average grades in biology, chemistry, physics and calculus|
|Median Salary (2018)||$49,270 (Exercise Physiologists)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||13% growth (Exercise Physiologists)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
What Other Options Do I Have?
A Ph.D. in Physiology program can be taken on campus at different schools. These programs are designed to teach you how to do quality research in physiology. You can study the principles of organ system physiology, cellular physiology and molecular physiology in the program. Independent research and reading is required.
A physiology doctoral program focuses on the relationship between healthy and diseased cells and tissues. In this program, you can build a solid knowledge base in physiology, biochemistry, biostatistics and molecular biology. A dissertation is required and you will need to defend the dissertation to faculty.
What Will I Learn in These Programs?
The courses and work done for a physiology doctorate can teach you how to conduct research, identify ethics issues and effectively write your dissertation. Topics in the program may include endocrinology, statistics, neurobiology, renal physiology, reproduction biology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology and molecular neurobiology.
In a Ph.D. Physiology doctoral program, you are introduced to the basics of physiology and special problems related to the discipline. Topics in the program may include molecular male reproduction, neurophysiology, reproductive physiology, endocrinology, exercise physiology and renal physiology. Seminars and lab requirements round out the program.
What Are the Requirements?
Schools require you to have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in a closely related discipline. They often look for above average scores in biology, inorganic chemistry, calculus or physics. Graduate record examination (GRE) scores are required and must be submitted prior to admission. Candidacy requirements may include a written and oral examination after completing a specified number of coursework credits.