Education & Academic Programs

Graduate Degree Programs (M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and M.S.)

M.D. Program

The MD degree program is designed to develop compassionate patient care skills, knowledge and attitudes enabling graduates to be prepared to enter specialty training in any discipline, and provide outstanding care for their patients.

M.D. / Ph.D. Program (Joint M.D. / Ph.D)

The dual MD/Ph.D. Medical Scientist Program will prepare you for an academic career that combines the practice and teaching of clinical medicine with investigation of mechanisms of disease. The long range goal is to train you to be an independent investigator and function as a physician/scientist. The average time to completion for the MD, PhD degree is 7.9 years.

Master of Health Sciences

The MS in Health Sciences is a 12-month, non-thesis masters program. The program targets students who desire to enhance their competitiveness for entry into advanced degree programs or who are interested in more in-depth study in the biomedical and public health disciplines.

Exercise Physiology (M.S.)

The Master of Science program in exercise physiology prepares students for careers in graduate school, medicine, adult fitness, hospital or corporate-based wellness programs, or cardiac rehabilitation. The program offers a two tracks. The clinical track emphases training for treating persons with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The thesis track emphasizes advanced research training leading to research publications, and presentations for the student that has the goal of continuing to a Ph.D. (doctorate) program or industry (e.g. pharmaceutical industries).

Exercise Physiology (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Exercise Physiology is ranked 7th nationally and is housed under the umbrella Biomedical Sciences Program. The doctoral program in exercise physiology is intended to give exceptional students' knowledge in basic and clinically relevant medical and scientific areas to prepare them for careers as effective and independent researchers, scientists and teachers in the broad field of Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology. Students in the Ph.D. degree in Exercise Physiology have obtained research funding from national organizations (AHA, NSF, ACSM) and graduates have received prestigious postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins etc.), faculty positions in higher education, or obtained research positions in pharmaceutical industries.

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical sciences prepares students for advanced study in medical, dental, or graduate schools as they pursue careers in health care or biomedical research. Faculty, from across the basic science disciplines, offer a diverse curriculum as well as research opportunities for students. In tracking through a highly flexible curricular structure, students have access to myriad scientific professionals and educational experiences.

Graduate Medical Education (Medical Residents)

The West Virginia University School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is a participating member of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Postdoctoral Application Support Service, and other advanced residency matching programs.

Approximately 410 residents are enrolled in 20 core programs, 1 combined program, 18 fellowship programs and 8 non-standard programs.

Professional Programs

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Offers a three-year, post baccalaureate, entry-level DPT program. For over 40 years, this program has been committed to excellence in physical therapy education.

Master of Occupational Therapy

The academic and fieldwork program requires three years to complete. Prior to application, students are required to complete approximately 55-60 hours of prerequisite courses, which in most instances will take two years to fulfill.

Master of Health Science/Pathologists' Assistant

In practice, Pathologists' Assistants are responsible for the processing of the Surgical Pathology specimen from receipt to dissection and description to submission of tissue to Histology. In Autopsy practice, the PA is involved in reviewing the medical record of the decedent, evisceration, dissection, and selection of tissue for submission to Histology as well as formulation of a Preliminary Anatomic Diagnosis and Autopsy Report under the direction of a Pathologist. Many PA s are involved in Laboratory Management, teaching at the University level, training of residents and medical students, forensic investigation, or research.

Undergraduate Programs

Exercise Physiology

The Bachelor of Science program in exercise physiology is a preparatory program for graduate or professional school in areas such as exercise physiology, physical therapy, or medicine. The undergraduate program includes courses in science, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, first aid emergency care, and business, and hands-on laboratories in exercise physiology, and exercise instruction. Students will also complete a 200 hr. clinical internship or research in their senior year.

Clinical Laboratory Science

This Medical Laboratory Science area of emphasis is the former medical technology curriculum and focuses on clinical pathology which includes all aspects of clinical laboratory analysis including test development, performance, and evaluation. Clinical laboratory scientists may work in many areas, including clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical microbiology, and molecular diagnostics. Practice settings include hospital, clinic, public health, or private clinical laboratories; research, cytogenetic, pharmaceutical, or in-vitro fertilization laboratories; technical or sales representatives for medical manufacturers and suppliers; biotechnology, food, and cosmetic industries; and state or federal forensic laboratories.

Histotechnology

This Medical Laboratory Science area of emphasis focuses on procedures and techniques within anatomic pathology. In practice, histotechnologists are responsible for routine and complex procedures on tissue and autopsy specimens and the processing of tissue samples for the examination and diagnosis by a pathologist. Specialized procedures such as enzyme histochemistry, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and molecular diagnostics are part of the responsibilities of a histotechnologist. Practice settings include hospital, clinic, public health, private, veterinary, or research laboratories; technical or sales representatives for medical manufacturers and suppliers; biotechnology; and state or federal forensic laboratories.

Immunology and Medical Microbiology

Immunology is the study of the cells and biological processes that enable the body to recognize and respond to microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and parasites). Medical Microbiology studies infectious microorganisms and how they cause disease. Together, these disciplines examine how our bodies respond to infection, and the impact of immune dysregulation resulting in autoimmunity or cancer.

Additional Programs and Tracks

Research and Graduate Education

WVU has a proud history of training graduate students to be successful at the next career level. Outstanding new and established investigators direct relatively small research laboratories populated primarily by graduate students allowing for one-on-one training.

Rural Track

The WVU School of Medicine Rural Track program is designed to enhance the training of medical students with proven ability and a strong desire to practice in primary care in rural areas of West Virginia. Candidates will benefit from an enhanced training toward rural medical practice and financial incentives. The requirements of the program are integrated into the classical medical school curriculum.

Continuing Education

The WVU Health Sciences Center Office of Continuing Education (CE) provides continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Many programs offered by the Office of CE provide multidisciplinary opportunities for participants to earn continuing education credits.

Annually, the Office of CE offers a variety of educational opportunities including conferences, workshops, web courses, and personalized learning opportunities.