One Year Master's — Curriculum Overview

The Pre-professional Master’s program is designed to be a one year (Summer-Fall-Spring) program introducing students to the biomedical field and preparing students for professional school. Students will start in the summer semester with an intensive introduction to anatomy and physiology.


Summer (begins May 22 - applications accepted until May 5)

AP837– Intro to Cell Physiology (2 credits)
AP838 – Anatomy I (3 credits)
AP840 – Study Methods (1 credit)
AP841 – Intro to Histology (3 credits)

Fall (applications accepted until Aug. 11)

AP842 – Anatomy II (3 credits)
AP843 – Systems Physiology (4 credits)
Electives (3-4 credits)


AP600 – Intro to Pharmacology (3 credits)
AP803b – Seminar for One Year Master's Students (1 credit)
AP839 – Biomedical Methods (3 credits)
AP894 – Comparative Embryology (1 credit)
Electives (2-3 credits)

Required Courses

AP600 Introduction to Pharmacology for Health Professional Students (3 credits)

Introduction to Pharmacology for Health Professionals is designed to introduce the principles of pharmacology and how they apply to health professionals.

AP837 Cell Physiology (2 credits)

An exploration of how cell processes form the basis of systems physiology.

AP803 Seminar in Anatomy & Physiology (1 credit)

An overview of current topics in anatomy and physiology.

AP838 Anatomy I (3 credits)

An introduction to human anatomy with a focus on clinical relevance.

AP839 Biomedical Methods (3 credits)

An introduction to the theory and practice of advanced biomedical laboratory techniques.

AP840 Study Methods and Career Development for Health Professional Students (1 credit)

Introduces and examines research-based study methods that are applicable to advanced study in medical sciences. Prepares students to prepare an effective application to professional school.

AP841 Introduction to Histology (3 credits)

A brief introduction to the microscopic structure of the cells and tissues of a mammalian body.

AP842 Anatomy II (3 credits)

An introduction to domestic animal anatomy with a focus on clinical relevance.

AP843 Systems Physiology (4 credits)

An introduction to human and domestic animal physiology.

AP894 Comparative Embryology (1 credit)

An overview of developmental anatomy as it relates to clinically important developmental defects and/or normal structure and function of common domestic animals.

Total: 30 hours

All students earning a master’s degree at Kansas State University must complete a ‘culminating experience’ that will be determined by the student in concert with his/her graduate committee. Culminating experiences could include an intellectually creative project, a final report, or a culminating exam.

*Students preparing for professional school may consider taking more than the required number of electives to prepare for the intense course schedule at most professional schools. This can be discussed with the student’s Major Professor/Advisory Committee.


Electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s major professor/advisory committee. Potential electives include:

AP (Anatomy & Physiology) – any graduate course

CS (Clinical Sciences) – any graduate course

DMP (Department of Medicinal Pathobiology) – any graduate course

ASI (Animal Sciences and Industry) – any graduate course

BIOCH (Biochemistry) – any graduate course

BIOL (Biology) – any graduate course