Graduate Certificate in Human Anatomy

This 12-hour certificate will prepare individuals to teach gross anatomy in a variety of health professions including physical therapy, physician assistants, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, nursing, medicine, respiratory therapy, radiological sciences, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, dietetics, athletic training, exercise physiology/sport sciences, and chiropractic.

A strong science foundation and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required, as well as a professional and/or graduate degree for admission to the program. PTs, PAs, OTs, SLPs, Nursing, RT, ATC, and Exercise Science College Instructors can all benefit from this certificate to assist in teaching.

The purpose of this certificate is to meet the shortage of qualified professionals to teach anatomy in the health professions. This unique hybrid certificate program includes 4 online courses with a final 5-day intensive course on campus (in May), where human cadaver dissection leads to increased knowledge, skills and new ways of teaching anatomy and laboratory techniques. Unique to this certificate is incorporation and application of differential diagnosis and diagnostic imaging utilizing clinical anatomy. Developmental embryology is covered in Neuroscience.

To receive the certificate, one must complete all 12 hours and earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework. Tuition is $599 per credit hour or $7,188 for the full certificate, plus fees. Classes begin Aug. 29, 2022, and the certificate application deadline is Aug. 16, 2022.

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  • Graduate Certificate in Human Anatomy

Why earn your certificate in Human Anatomy from HSU?

Photo of HSU students dissecting pig's feet in biology lab.

Online/Hybrid

12-hour Hybrid Certificate Program including online and hands-on human cadaver dissection.

Designed for the Medical Professional

PTs, OTs, SLPs, Nursing, RT, ATC, Exercise Science College Instructors can all benefit from this certificate to assist in teaching.

Program Details

Courses Offered Through 11 Months

  • PHYT 7103 Differential Diagnosis and its Anatomical Implication (Online – Spring)
  • PHYT 7202 Diagnostic Imaging in Clinical Anatomy ( Online – Summer)
  • PHYT 7301 Clinical Anatomy for Anatomy Certification program (Online – Fall)
  • PHYT 7304 Clinical Neuroanatomy for Anatomy Certification (Online – Spring)
  • PHYT 7308 Clinical Anatomy and Neuroanatomy Lab (Hands on-full cadaver dissection: third week in May)

A strong science foundation and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required, as well as a professional and/or graduate degree for admission to the program.

  • 1 letter of recommendation  – from a supervisor or academic professor
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement – explaining why you want to complete this program
  • Background Check (choose the Non-Employee Background option)
  • Ethics Statement

The purpose of this certificate is to meet the shortage of qualified professionals to teach human anatomy. This certificate will prepare individuals to teach gross anatomy in a variety of health professions including physical therapy, occupational therapy, Physician Assistants, speech and language pathology, nursing, medicine, respiratory therapy, radiological sciences, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, dietetics, athletic training, exercise physiology/sport sciences, and chiropractic.

Dr. Marsha Rutland
PT, ScD.
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
Certified Dry Needler (IAOM)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Professor of Physical TherapyDr. Rutland’s Biography
Photo of Austin AlexanderAustin Alexander, PT, DPT
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Assistant Anatomy Professor in PAPhD Contemporary Human Anatomy Education, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Est completion 2023
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Hardin-Simmons University, 2014
B.S. in Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, 2011Dr. Alexander’s Biography
Brian YoungDr. Brian Young

PT, DSc
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

Dr. Brian Young graduated from Des Moines University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy (1996), and from Baylor University with a Doctor of Science in Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy (2002). He completed Fellowship Training at the Army-Baylor Orthopedic and Manual Therapy Fellowship (2002).

He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA), and serves as the Vice President of the Imaging Special Interest Group, Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy within the APTA.

Dr. Young spent 21 years as an Air Force Physical Therapist, with various clinical, leadership, and education roles, and has over 25 years of clinical practice. He previously taught at Army-Baylor DPT (2013-2017), and since 2017 serves as Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director for the Baylor University DPT program. He is a recipient of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Rose Research Award.

Dr. Young’s research interests and publications include the cervical and thoracic spine, medical screening / primary care education and practice, and PT role in diagnostic imaging.

“The HSU Anatomy Certification Program helped me to get into the frame of mind of the teacher, to help take what I knew of anatomy and present it to a learner in a way that was beneficial to both teacher and student. It has helped me to adjust my teaching  to help increase student retention and clinical application.” – Seth M., ’21

“I’ve already used at least five teaching methods that I learned in the anatomy course taught by Dr. Rutland and it’s not even the end of week three of class. I feel a lot more confident in reviewing radiographs with students thanks to the diagnostic imaging course as well. This program was invaluable is providing me with teaching ideas that my students can remember and apply clinically in a more meaningful way. Connecting with and learning from other professionals, PT, PA, and MD was also an amazing experience that I otherwise would not have had outside of this program.” – Lara D., ’21

“The certification program is highly-informative and user-friendly. The program is very challenging and I found it to be a great way to enhance and fortify my anatomy knowledge. The faculty are extremely knowledgeable, caring, and supportive. All of the classes were indeed helpful; however, the dissection class was by far one of the most educational experiences I could have hoped for. This program, without a doubt, was well worth every minute of my time.” – Darryn W., ’21

“The Certification in Clinical Anatomy at HSU was a great experience and I am very happy to have taken it. As an anatomy professor in a DPT program without a PhD degree in anatomy (and no current desire/time to go that route), taking this course was a fantastic option. Major components of musculoskeletal anatomy and neuroanatomy felt like the major themes I am coming away from the course with, but inclusion of diagnostic imaging and differential diagnosis also seemed to round out the certificate program well. The faculty are extremely passionate about helping us improve our knowledge base to impact our students well. The program definitely felt geared towards PTs in academia but there were others in the class who clearly gained a lot from the program. I’ve implemented many things into my courses that I learned during this program. Would highly recommend!” – AJP, ’21