Doctor of Philosophy, Anatomical Education

Student Handbook and Catalog 

Volume 5 

This edition of the Catalog is effective July 1, 2024. This catalog/handbook is a supplement to the Lincoln Memorial University General Graduate Catalog, which students should consult for information on matters not covered in this document. For more detailed information about the University’s graduate professional degree programs or undergraduate degree completion programs refer to the applicable catalog.

The policies, programs, curricula, and fees set forth in this catalog are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU). Because of the possibility of change or undetected error, important points of fact and interpretation should be confirmed by the appropriate University official.

In support of the Mission Statement and the principles on which it is based, Lincoln Memorial University is committed to equal opportunity for all students, staff, and faculty and to nondiscrimination in the recruitment, admission, and retention of students and the recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention of faculty and staff.

Lincoln Memorial University reaffirms its commitment to personnel and educational policies that comply with the requirement applicable to equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, executive orders, and regulations to the effect that no person at Lincoln Memorial University shall, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information, be excluded from participating in, or be denied benefits of, any employment or educational opportunity.

All personnel and educational activities conducted by Lincoln Memorial University are subject to the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination provisions of the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by H.R. 1746; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by U.S.C. Title 41, Chapter 60; the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, as amended in 1974 and 1982; Executive Order 11246 (1965), amended by Executive Order 11375 (1968); the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (PL101-336), as amended, and Section 402 of the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972, amended in 1974.

All members of the University community bear responsibility for compliance with the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination policies disseminated through the current University publications, including, but not limited to the LMU Student Handbook (ONLINE), the Lincoln Memorial University Catalog, other program catalogs and handbooks, and the Lincoln Memorial University Employee Handbook. Compliance is monitored and reported annually through the offices of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, and the Office of Human Resources.

The Office of Admissions and Student Services, located on the third floor of the DCOM building, is responsible for admissions, recruitment, retention, securing financial services, student records, tracking of outcomes data, providing academic support, and counseling for LMU-DCOM students. In addition, the Office is a center of campus life and oversees all student activities, student government functions, student clubs, the student ambassador program and all other non-academic student-life issues. The Office is committed to creating an environment that is conducive to learning so that all LMU-DCOM students fully reach their academic and personal potential. The Office works closely with various college and university committees to create an environment that facilitates student learning. The Office has an open-door policy and students are welcome to come in at any time, although appointments are recommended.

The Lincoln Memorial University Office of Student Services will provide students with information on parking, meal plans, housing, ticket sales, campus events, security etc. in cooperation with the LMU-DCOM Office of Admissions and Student Services.

The Director of Financial Services is responsible for providing qualified students the appropriate documentation and counseling to secure financial assistance in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants.

LMU-DCOM’s Anatomical Education Ph.D. is designed to fill the growing need for highly trained educators in the anatomical sciences. This program consists of an intensive full-time academic curriculum. It is expected that matriculating students will have a Master’s degree, preferably in the anatomical sciences, and thus be well prepared to enter directly into anatomical science teaching practicums. In some cases, additional course work may be required before entering into teaching practicums. Additionally, the candidates will take elective course work, course work related to research design and methods, and complete an independent dissertation research project. 

The didactic portion of the program will provide candidates with a strong background in subjects such as Medical Gross Anatomy, Histology, Embryology and Neuroscience. Through teaching practicums, mentored teaching experiences and elective course work, each candidate will build their skills in anatomy pedagogy under the direction of an experienced faculty member. 

Upon completion of the Anatomical Education Ph.D. Program, graduates will have a strong foundation in the anatomical sciences, teaching pedagogy and scholarship, that will prepare them for a successful academic career. 

Students are expected to complete their studies in a maximum of 4-years. Continuation beyond 4-years must be approved by the Anatomical Education Program Director and the Dean of LMU-DCOM. Failure to complete the program within 4-years may result in dismissal from the program. 

LMU is committed to maintaining study and work environments that are free from discriminatory harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, pregnancy, age, military status, disability or any other protected discriminatory factor. Sexual or other discriminatory harassment of its students is strictly prohibited, whether by non-employees (such as contractors or vendors), other students, or by its employees, and LMU will take immediate and appropriate action to prevent and to correct behavior that violates this policy. Likewise, students are strictly prohibited from engaging in harassing behavior directed at LMU’s employees, its visitors, vendors and contractors. All students must comply with this policy and take appropriate measures to create an atmosphere free of harassment and discrimination. Appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including, suspension, expulsion, termination from employment or being banned from LMU properties, will be taken against individuals who violate this policy.

LMU does not discriminate, for purpose of admission to LMU or access to and treatment in LMU’s programs or activities, on the basis of disability. Every effort is made to accommodate the needs of the students with disabilities attending LMU. As buildings on the LMU campuses are remodeled, care is taken to assure that persons with disabilities have sufficient access to those buildings. LMU will also provide reasonable accommodations to students with properly documented disabilities. If a student with a disability has any issue or question about his/her disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) he/she should contact the LMU-DCOM Dean of Students.