Anatomical Sciences Education, Certificate

Anatomical Sciences Education, Certificate


PLNU’s Anatomical Sciences Education Certificate is designed to advance professionals’ skills and knowledge in anatomical sciences to help them succeed in a variety of graduate and professional programs as well as to develop their identity as educators.

Whether you’re looking to teach anatomy or seeking to become a more qualified candidate for medical or health-related programs, the Anatomical Science Education Certificate is perfect to help you improve your expertise of the core anatomical sciences. It’s also ideal for anyone who is interested in learning more about the human body.

Learn from experts in a supportive environment

This program is led by national and international experts in anatomy to ensure that you’ll be a crucial contributor in raising the bar of anatomy education — a field that is in need of more qualified scholars. This certificate takes a well-rounded approach to the study of anatomical sciences and prepares students to teach a variety of anatomical sciences at the college level.

Sharpen your skills in areas such as:

  • Gross anatomy
  • Applied neuroanatomy
  • Human embryology
  • Teaching and learning anatomy

Earn your certificate fully online in just two semesters

You’ll use cutting-edge technology to support online learning that emphasizes flexibility, speed, and quality. Each class is asynchronous so you can learn when and where you want while maintaining your work-life balance. You can complete this 10-unit certificate in just two (2) semesters so you can quickly advance to broader opportunities in your educational and professional career.

Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Fall 2024 Quad I — September 2, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Quad I — January 13, 2025

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Application Checklist

  1. Online application for admissions (includes $50 non-refundable application fee). Fee waived if applicant is one of the following: PLNU alum, current or former military and their dependents, PLNU employee.
  2. Submit official transcripts from each institution attended. A bachelor’s degree is required for this certificate.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
  3. Submit a resume/vita.
  4. Submit two personal essays answering the following questions:
    1. What do you hope to achieve by completing this program?
    2. What are your future goals?

Career Opportunities

In addition to preparing rising educators to teach anatomy, this certificate is perfect to set emerging health care professionals apart as strong candidates for pre-med, graduate and postgraduate nursing and health science programs, and more.

This certificate will help you qualify for positions such as:

  • Professor of anatomy and anatomical sciences
  • Anatomy lab technician
  • Physician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Registered nurse
  • And more.

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support

Course List

For information about the courses required for the Anatomical Sciences Education, Certificate program, view the PLNU Catalog.

Course information coming soon

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