FAQs
MS in Biomedical Sciences

 

For whom is this program designed?

PCOM’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree program is designed for individuals who recently completed a bachelor’s degree and/or who are pursuing a career change. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution is required. However, a science major is not required as long as the designated prerequisite coursework has been completed (view full admissions requirements).

For those pursuing a career change, previous work experience may serve as a helpful resource during the course of the program, particularly for those students who enter the Organizational Leadership concentration.

The MS in Biomedical Sciences degree program welcomes non-traditional and returning students who possess the knowledge and desire to succeed.

What are program concentrations?

Our MS in Biomedical Sciences degree program students come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. In order to meet their diverse needs and goals, our program offers a range of concentrations—General Studies (Capstone), Biomedical Research (Thesis), Forensic Medicine and Organizational Leadership—with complementary skill development and application experience. This design allows the program to better address individual student outcomes and career trajectories.

What are the differences between the MS in Biomedical Sciences degree programs offered at the two PCOM campuses?

The topical information presented at both campuses is similar. The order of topic presentation and course structures differ between the campuses because of unique, individual faculty backgrounds and approaches to teaching.

What is the curriculum?

A map of the entire two-year curriculum, with links to more detailed course sequences and descriptions, may be found in the course catalog.

Is a thesis required to complete the MS in Biomedical Sciences degree?

At both campuses, the Biomedical Sciences Research concentration requires a thesis. All other Biomedical Sciences concentrations require a capstone experience or capstone-like experience project in which presentation and writing is required. For those concerned with writing a research thesis and public presentation, both campuses offer services and support in research, writing and public presentation.

Does the program offer a committee letter of recommendation for professional students?

Yes. Students may request a committee letter of recommendation from the faculty or individual letters from faculty and/or program administration or staff.

What is the time commitment to participate in this program?

The MS in Biomedical Sciences degree is a two-year, full-time program. While classes are held primarily on weeknights and weekends, we strongly discourage students from also maintaining full-time employment. Students often underestimate how much time they will need to successfully complete coursework, including (for some students) learning new study skills and habits. Our most successful graduates report that they studied for four to eight hours per day, outside of class time. However, these times do not fully reflect the time commitment expected in order to gain the full value of the program. Additional career development and group work activities are scheduled during both day and evening hours.

Who will teach my courses?

All courses in the MS in Biomedical Sciences degree program are taught by highly-qualified faculty who are recognized in the professional community for their expertise in each topical area.

How accessible are the faculty and staff?

Our faculty members are known for their flexible accessibility and commitment to helping students succeed, with faculty members maintaining an open door policy (no appointment needed). Our students find comfort in knowing that their concerns will be addressed by faculty members, not graduate assistants. Department personnel are accessible during program operating hours. Our staff members are skilled at addressing a variety of concerns and are accessible during campus/department operating hours.

What are the opportunities for research?

At the Georgia campus, research opportunities include:

  • Biomedical sciences research
  • Two-year research option
  • General studies capstone
  • Work-study and volunteer options
  • Human performance lab

At the Philadelphia campus, research opportunities include:

  • Biomedical sciences research
  • Work-study and volunteer options

Additional research opportunities always become available at both campuses, so please consult with the program directors and/or faculty members.

How many students are enrolled in the program?

While annual program numbers fluctuate each year, the first-year class enrollments are generally 70-80 students and second-year class enrollments are generally 30-40 students. The enrollment decrease from the first to second year is primarily due to students exiting the program after completion of the first (foundation) year to attend professional school. Our program has very low attrition due to non-academic circumstances.

 

Admissions-Related FAQ

Is an interview required?


Interviews are not a part of the admissions process for the certificate portion of biomedical sciences program. Once enrolled, however, if one wishes to advance into the MS program, an interview with a faculty member from the corresponding concentration is required.

What term can I apply for?

Most candidates will begin their studies in the fall term (mid-August start).

What is the deadline to apply for admission?


PCOM operates on rolling admissions basis, and therefore it is strongly encouraged that candidates for admission submit their completed applications EARLY. For fall enrollment, we typically fill our entering class to capacity by the month of June.

What is the cost of tuition?


For the 2014-2015 academic year, candidates are paying $828 per credit.

What standardized test scores are required for admission?


Official valid test scores from any of the following exams are acceptable for the Biomedical Sciences program: MCAT, GRE, OAT, DAT or PCAT. Waivers of any exam are not permitted in the admissions process.

What is the prerequisite coursework?


Candidates applying for admission to the biomedical sciences program need to have completed the standard pre-medical coursework in order to enroll (8 credits in General Biology, 8 credits in Inorganic Chemistry, 8 credits in Organic Chemistry, 8 credits in General Physics, biochemistry recommended). All courses must have a lab component. It is acceptable to have any of those courses “in progress” so long as an acceptable grade is earned prior to the start of classes in August.

Are there GPA and/or test score minimum requirements?


No. Every candidate for admission is reviewed on an individual basis and test scores and GPAs of admitted candidates vary. However, the averages for those admitted in 2012 were:

Undergraduate GPA – 3.21

MCAT: Physical = 7.32 Verbal = 7.36 Biological = 8.09