Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction

NYCC Instructor delivering a lecture

Teach to Transform.

What makes a great teacher? To us, it takes someone who is not only a content area expert, but also skilled at helping others understand challenging concepts, and more.

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction (MSHAPI) at New York Chiropractic College equips you to master the full spectrum of human anatomy and physiology while building a solid foundation in instructional theory and best teaching practices. Foster a deep understanding of gross anatomy — with a detailed curriculum organized by each body system and its associated complexities. Then, gain the expertise and practical experience to teach it at the college level, and pass on this knowledge to the next generation of health professionals.

The MSHAPI program is the first and only program of its kind, created to fill the increasing demand for instructors who are both experts in the field and highly skilled teachers in a variety of instructional and delivery formats. You will graduate a well-prepared, highly effective instructor, able to assume valuable teaching roles at the undergraduate level and a valued resource to your institution, department and students.


The on-campus practicum will provide you with a unique and rewarding opportunity to get constructive feedback on your presentation skills from renowned and experienced anatomy and physiology faculty members.


The degree program consists of 36 credits delivered online over two calendar years: 18 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, 12 credits of Instructional Theory and Practices, and 6 elective credits. A one-week practicum may be required  as part of the curriculum. 



  • Applicants must meet at least one of the following four criteria:
    • Have earned a professional degree (MSN, MD, DO, DC, DVM, or other similar advanced clinical degree) awarded by an accredited institution; or
    • Have earned a master's degree in a related field from an accredited institution; or
    • Demonstrate significant anatomy and physiology teaching experience in the undergraduate college/ university setting; or
    • Demonstrate current enrollment in an advanced clinical degree program after having completed the anatomy and physiology sequence of the program.
  • An earned cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is desired.

Career Opportunities.

Beyond increasing the instructional skills of anatomy and physiology professors, the most significant benefit to graduates of New York Chiropractic College’s Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction program will be the ability to expand their career opportunities. As a result of an increasing number of allied health professional programs having a core requirement of human anatomy and physiology, there is an institutional shortage of highly qualified instructors to effectively prepare students for their careers.

In addition, graduates will be better prepared to expand beyond professional practice and to pursue opportunities as full-time or adjunct instructors in undergraduate college or university settings.