Medical Anatomy and Physiology Certificate (MAPP) Program

Saint Louis University School of Medicine Medical Anatomy and Physiology Certificate (MAPP) Program is a two-semester academic experience for post-baccalaureate scholars considering careers in medicine, other healthcare professions, or biomedical sciences. 

The MAPP program gives you the opportunity explore your career interests in the biomedical sciences and determine your career path. The MAPP program also gives a head start to those pursuing advanced degrees. Many students who go on to medical school are qualified to be tutors and teaching assistants in advanced anatomical science courses.

  • Who complete the program in good academic standing receive a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Are evaluated for an interview by the SLU School of Medicine Committee on Admissions.  To be considered for an interview the Committee requires an MCAT score posted no later than October.
  • Are given the opportunity to participated in MCAT exam preparation.
  • Learn from faculty who are a diverse team of clinicians and scientists dedicated to teaching, training, and advising students.            
  • Experience hands on training in gross anatomy and neuroanatomy laboratories.
  • Benefit from over an 85% success rate for student placement in advanced degrees after enrolling our program.


Human Histology and Ultrastructure ANAT-5100 (5 credit hours) Fall Semester
Microscopic anatomy of human body; emphasis on relationships between structure and function of tissues and organs.

Human Embryology ANAT-5200 (2 credit hours) Fall Semester
Prenatal human development; emphasis on correlation of normal development with development of common congenital malformations.

Human Systems Physiology ANAT-5400 (4 credit hours) Fall Semester
Physiological principles and mechanisms; emphasis on function and processes within cells, tissues and organ systems. 

Human Gross Anatomy ANAT-5000 (8 credit hours) Spring Semester
Structure and function of human body; emphasis on anatomical relationships and concepts and their functional significance; dissection required.

Human Systems Neurobiology ANAT-5300 (5 credit hours) Spring Semester
Structure and function of the human nervous system; emphasis on neuroanatomical relationships of functional systems and neurobiological concepts of brain mechanisms.

MAPP students have the opportunity to explore and learn about biomedical research through attendance and participation in CASE Journal Clubs and M.S. project, M.S. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation defenses. 


The application deadline is August 1 via the Saint Louis University Graduate Admissions Office:

Students admitted to MAPP program matriculate in the fall semester. 

Applicants are admitted on a competitive basis and must have a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and/or science GPA of 2.8.  In addition, applicants must have either a minimum combined MCAT score of 495 or a GRE general test score at the 40th percentile.  

Applicants are required to submit official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation from academic faculty, research advisors or relevant employer, and a brief autobiographical statement describing the applicant’s educational and professional goals and how this program will contribute to pursuit of those goals.

Interested and competitive MAPP students are encouraged to apply for admission into CASE M.S. programs. MAPP students are required to complete the core curriculum with a 3.0 GPA to apply. Accepted M.S. students are eligible and encouraged to apply for competitive teaching assistant positions. For more information on CASE graduate programs see:

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