Physiology & Biophysics

Post-Baccalaureate Program: MS in Medical Physiology


Sample Curriculum


Appendix B

The MSMP program has been designed to be completed in 2 years; however exceptionally capable students can complete the program in 12 months. To complete the program in this timeframe, students must do well in their first semester in the program. However, there are many combinations of courses/semester that a student can make to graduate with 32 credits of course work in as few as 3 semesters (12 months), in two academic years (the recommended time frame for the program to optimize the student’s chances of getting into a professional program), or to decelerate the program, taking it part time, and graduating in 2+ years. Some of the options are detailed below.
Students who cannot come to Cleveland can take any of these options as non-resident students over the Internet.

 

Curriculum for the one year (12 month) program starting:

Fall semester:

Fall Semester: 10 hours of core physiology courses*
Spring Semester: 10 hours of core physiology courses* + 3-4 credit hours of electives**
Summer Semester: 9 credit hours of electives**
Graduation at the end of Summer Semester

 

Summer semester

Summer Semester: 9 credit hours of elective**
Fall Semester: 10 hours of core physiology courses*
Spring Semester: 10 hour of core physiology course* + 3-4 credit hours of electives**
Graduation at the end of Spring Semester

*The core physiology courses are Medical Physiology I and II (6 credit hours each), Translational Physiology I and II (3 credit hours each), and Physiology Seminar I and II (1 credit hour each).
**Electives are graduate courses taken anywhere in the university. Consult the list of courses (Appendix C) that our students have taken in the past.

The following options are described for students beginning the program Fall Semester. These options can be modified to accommodate students starting at other times of the year.

 

Curriculum for the two year (highly recommended), 2 Academic Year program.

This curriculum gives students time to take advantage of the Enrichment Curriculum and to be engaged in AOC’s that have clinical components (Clinical Neuroscience, Nephrology, or Clinical Pulmonology), research experiences (the Physiological Research AOC), or to earn the Certificate in Clinical Investigation.

Fall Semester #1: 10 hours of core physiology courses
Spring Semester #1: 10 hours of core physiology course
Fall Semester #2: 6 hours of elective courses
Spring Semester #2: 6 hours of elective courses
Graduation at the end of Spring Semester #2

 

Curriculum for the Plan A thesis research program.

Fall Semester #1: 10 hours of core physiology courses (seek a research advisor)
Spring Semester #1: 10 hours of core physiology courses (seek a research advisor)
Fall Semester #2: 6 hours of thesis research
Spring Semester #2: 6 hours of thesis courses (write and defend the thesis)
Graduation at the end of Spring Semester #2

 

Curriculum for the part time program.

This curriculum is designed for students who must work while they take the program. Students working in any capacity for CWRU full time receive free tuition for 6 credit hours of courses/semester as a fringe benefit.

Fall Semester #1: Medical Physiology I, 6 credit hours
Spring Semester #1: Medical Physiology II, 6 credit hours
Summer Semester #1: 0-6 credit hours of electives
Fall Semester #2: Translational Physiology I, 3 credit hours +
Physiology Seminar I, 1 credit hour +
0-2 hours of electives
Spring Semester #2: Translational Physiology I, 3 credit hours +
Physiology Seminar II, 1 credit hour +
0-2 hours of electives
Summer Semester #2: 0-6 credit hours of electives
Fall Semester #3: 0-6 credit hours of electives
Graduation at the end of Spring Semester #2, Summer Semester #2, or Fall Semester #3

 

Curriculum for students in the MS/MBA Dual Degree program in conjunction with the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.

Students interested in the MS/MBA program must successfully complete the first year MSMP core physiology courses and then apply to the Dual Degree program by the first of May to start the program fall semester #2.

Fall Semester #1: 10 hours of core physiology courses
Spring Semester #1: 10 hours of core physiology course
Fall Semester #2: 15-18 hours of course work at the Weatherhead
Spring Semester #2: 18 hours of course work at the Weatherhead
Fall Semester #3: 15-18 hours of course work at the Weatherhead
Graduation at the end of Fall Semester #3