Contemporary Human Anatomy Program FAQs

What is the deadline for applying to the Contemporary Human Anatomy Program?

The deadline for a completed application is March 31st. Late applications may be considered on a case by case basis, if completed by May 1.

Can the coursework be tailored to my specific career goals?

Yes. CHAP elective options provide an avenue for students to take courses in specific areas of interest. If courses are not available, students have the option of taking an independent study course in an area of choice. Further interests can be pursued through the Capstone project.

Could this program serve as a postbaccalaureate program to prepare for medical or other professional schools?

Absolutely. By beginning in the summer, students will already have one semester of grades completed prior to applying to professional schools. Many of the courses are taken with medical or physician assistant students. Additionally, students can sit for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Anatomy Shelf Exam at the end of the summer. Students will also serve as teaching assistants in the medical school courses. Shadowing, MCAT preparation and research opportunities can also be gained through this program.

Are there opportunities to develop my teaching skills in this program?

Students will have the option to serve as teaching assistants for gross anatomy (medical, physician assistant or graduate courses) or for histology. Other teaching opportunities exist in ultrasound. Prior to serving as a teaching assistant, students will learn teaching techniques through an Instructional Methods course during the summer.

What is the class size of the program?

The program accepts up to 18 students each year. Some classes will be taken with just students enrolled in the Contemporary Human Anatomy Program (such as gross anatomy), while others will be taken with the medical students or health professional students.

Are the courses conducted in a university or online?

Most courses are taught at EVMS; however, some of the required courses are taught online. Online courses use the Blackboard learning platform in which lectures are typically either streamed or voiced over PowerPoint presentations.

Do you have to have a science major to be accepted?

No. Student of all degrees are encouraged to apply, assuming all prerequisites are met.

Is it possible to enroll in the program part-time?

Yes. However, it is strongly recommended that you contact the program director to discuss this possibility prior to applying. 

What is the length of time that an MCAT, DAT or GRE score is accepted?

Three years prior to your matriculation date. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

If I am on a waiting list for the medical school and decide to transfer to the CHAP, what do I need to do?

You will need to:

  • notify the medical school in writing that you would like your records, including references, copied to the Contemporary Human Anatomy Program
  • complete the Contemporary Human Anatomy Program application online and submit it with your $60 application fee by March 31st.
  • request your official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended

Note: Applying to the Contemporary Human Anatomy Program will not negatively affect your status on the wait list for our medical school.

How long does it take to find out if you have been accepted or not accepted?

Once your application is complete, we make every effort to have the Admissions Committee review it within two weeks.

How can I apply for financial aid?

Students apply for financial aid through the EVMS Office of Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Lewis Hall, 700 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507, (757) 446-5813.

Are there scholarships or stipends available to help cover the program's tuition costs?

Most Master's programs in the United States do not have graduate stipends; these funds are typically reserved for PhD students. In the main, students largely fund their costs with student loans.