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College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Matthew Basel
Associate Director
One Year Master’s Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
126 Coles Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


Dr. T.G. Nagaraja
Graduate Programs Coordinator
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
305 Coles Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506


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.

2021 Curriculum

Summer (9 credits)

Anatomy 1                               AP838         2 credits
Intro to Histology                      AP841         3 credits
Systems Physiology                   AP843         4 credits

Fall (10-11 hours)

Cell Physiology                           AP837         2 credits
Study Methods                           AP840         1 credit
Anatomy 2                                 AP842         3 credits
Comparative Embryology             AP894         1 credit
Electives (3-4 credits)*

Spring (10-11 hours)

Intro to Pharmacology                  AP600         3 credits
Seminar                                      AP803         1 credit
Biomedical Methods Laboratory     AP839         3 credits
Electives (3-4 credits)*

Required Courses 

AP 600 – Introduction to Pharmacology for Health Professionals (3 credits)

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

AP 803 – Seminar in Anatomy & Physiology (1 credit)

Designed primarily for graduate and senior students enrolled for graduate credit in physiology. Each student is required to give a report on some subject related to physiology. The course is intended to stimulate interest in research and evaluation of data.

AP837 – Cell Physiology (2 credits)

An introduction to cellular physiology, metabolism and signaling with a focus on applying knowledge of cellular physiology to other medical disciplines.

AP838 – Anatomy 1 (2 credits)

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

AP839 – Biomedical Methods Laboratory (3 credits)

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

AP 840 – Study Methods and Career Development for Professional School (1 credit)

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

AP 841 – Introduction to Histology (3 credits)

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

AP 842 – Anatomy 2 (3 credits)

An introduction to human and domestic animal comparative anatomy with a focus on clinical relevance.  The course consists of both lecture and laboratory sessions and students will work in small groups to dissect a pig, cat, and/or goat.

AP 843 – Systems Physiology (4 credits)

An introduction to human physiology.  The physiology of major body systems (musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, endocrine, neural, reproductive, and digestive systems) will be examined with an emphasis on clinical application. 

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.

Electives (7 hours)

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