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2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog 
2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Physiology

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About the Physiology Program

The Physiology program integrates concepts and principles from all areas of medical science to understand function at the cell and molecular, tissue, organ systems and whole-animal levels. Faculty members have expertise in cardiovascular neural and endocrine physiology and collaborate extensively with faculty in other departments on campus. Students and faculty maintain a high national and international profile, with publications, awards, extramural funding and regular presentations at scientific meetings. We foster a spirit of collaboration that provides a virtually limitless ability to answer the most important questions in biomedicine. For more information please visit the Biomedical Sciences PhD website at or the Physiology website at

Admissions Information

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

Graduate Research Assistantships

description: Students accepted into the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program are eligible to receive a Graduate Research Assistantship package, which provides a competitive annual stipend (currently set at $25,500 for the 2018/19 academic year), and a reduced tuition rate of $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants are also offered two health insurance plans and a portion or up to all (100%) of the single-person premium costs will be covered by Augusta University depending on the plan that is selected. Students are responsible for paying standard student fees (approximately $1,035 per semester).

Program Contact Information
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Paul O’Connor

Year Two

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Physiology program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Physiology Required Courses

Additional Requirements

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details. The Physiology program requires students to have at least 1 accepted/published manuscript directly related to their dissertation at least five weeks prior to the students final oral examination.

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