Laboratory Animal Medicine

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies.

To earn the master's degree, each student must complete at least 30 credits of course work at the 500 or 600 levels.

The curriculum of this training program includes:

Required Courses
CMED 501Biology and Care of Laboratory Animals3
CMED 503Laboratory Animal Genetics3
CMED 507Techniques of Laboratory Animal Experimentation3
CMED 515Experimental Surgery of Laboratory Animals3
CMED 530Diseases of Laboratory Animals I3
CMED 531Diseases of Laboratory Animals II3
CMED 535Comparative Pathology3
CMED 590 (1 credit per semester)4
CMED 596Individual Studies1-3
BMS 591Biomedical Research Ethics1
Culminating Experience
Students completing a thesis enroll in CMED 600; students in the non-thesis option enroll in CMED 596. 1
CMED 600Thesis Research (for M.S. thesis) 29
or CMED 596 Individual Studies
Total Credits36-38

Students may, with the approval of the Program Director, enroll in graduate level courses offered at the Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Harrisburg, University Park, or Penn State’s World Campus.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Comparative Medicine (CMED) Course List


Campus Hershey Med Ctr
Graduate Program Head Ronald Paul Wilson
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Tiffany Lynn Whitcomb
Program Contact

Mandy Houser
College of Medicine, Dept of Comparative Medicine, H054
500 University Drive
Hershey PA 17033

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