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Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical SciencesIf your passion is the life sciences, particularly its practical application in health care or in research, a foundation in biomedical sciences offers a wide career path. Scientists in the biomedical field are frontrunners in today's sophisticated and increasingly skilled medical and research arenas. They conduct research in labs and hospitals supporting the work of medical staff and clinicians. They also work in forensics, public health and in the bioscience educational, legal or management sectors. With a solid foundation in biomedical sciences, graduates can also continue their education and pursue careers as physicians, physician assistants, public health professionals, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists and other health specialists.

The Biomedical Sciences curriculum offers interdisciplinary coursework with a strong emphasis on human medicine and clinical applications. PCOM faculty members are dedicated professionals and a medical school environment offers a rich and inspired learning environment.

Creating and discovering new scientific applications and solving medical and forensic mysteries is profound and the prospects are endless. Learn more about our program offerings below.

Course Descriptions and Sequence

Hear more about PCOM's Biomedical Sciences program from Richard Francesco.

Foundation Year – The foundational courses of the program’s first year provide a broad content base in the biomedical sciences with an emphasis on human medicine and clinical applications. The integrated curriculum of lecture and laboratory work prepares students to pursue the Master of Science degree, continue their education in medical school or other health-related professions programs, or enter a career. All course work is at the graduate level, and instruction is by the expert medical faculty of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students enter as MS degree candidates and upon completion of the first year of study may progress to one of the several second-year degree concentrations described below, or elect to receive a certificate of graduate study.

MS in Biomedical Sciences with concentration in Biomedical Research – Earning a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a Concentration in Biomedical Research provides students with skills in scientific method, research design, methodology, writing and presentation that can be used in industry, clinical environments and teaching. In addition, some students consider this concentration as preparation for a future professional or doctoral program application. Those in the research concentration conduct original research supervised by a PCOM faculty member whom they choose as an advisor.

MS in Biomedical Sciences with Concentration in Forensic Biology – Individuals electing to earn their Master of Science Degree with a Concentration in Forensic Biology will gain an understanding of the analytical tools used in forensics. Graduates find opportunities in investigation and examination positions in a variety of industries. The forensics concentration offers foundation in the theory, concepts and principles of forensic medicine, the medico-legal and technical aspects of death scene investigations and clinical pathology skills. 

MS in Biomedical Sciences with Concentration in Organizational Leadership in the Biosciences – A Concentration in Organizational Leadership in the Biosciences opens doors to management and leadership opportunities within major corporations, hospitals or medical facilities. With additional courses in organizational development and leadership, behavioral interviewing and team dynamics, and small and large system diagnosis and change theory, students gain the necessary skills to improve organizational and human effectiveness and become strong leaders. 

Last Updated: 3/9/15