Five schools in the country offer accredited master’s programs in biomedical illustration: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; University of Illinois, Chicago; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland; University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor Michigan; and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
Generally, four years of undergraduate study are necessary to gain the required foundation. Preparation for graduate-level study should include a balance of art, premedical biology, and the Humanities in related educational programs.
Eligibility for certification includes graduation from an accredited program in medical and biological illustration or five years experience as a medical illustrator and proof of successful completion of a dissection course in human gross anatomy.
Applicants for certification must successfully complete a national certification exam administered by the Medical Illustrators Board of Certification.