Biomedical Sciences, MS (Non-thesis) Area of Emphasis: Medical Sciences

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It’s a surprisingly common story: Each year there are bright, highly motivated students who dream of being physicians but unexpectedly find a roadblock on their path to medical school. Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Office of Research and Graduate Education offer the ideal option for these students who want to strengthen their academic record and enhance their science foundation prior to medical or other health-related professional schools.

Marshall University’s Medical Sciences area of emphasis is a rigorous, two year, non-thesis degree in Biomedical Sciences that couples a challenging curriculum in the basic medical sciences with an exposure to research. It is specifically designed to build a strong application for medical school to increase your chance of acceptance.

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  • Over the past eight years, 88% of Marshall University’s Medical Sciences students who have applied to medical or other health-related professional schools were accepted.
  • Students who successfully complete the Pathway Program do not have to take the MCAT to enter Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
  • Many of the classes you take are alongside medical school students.
  • For non-residents, the Medical Sciences program will establish the tie to West Virginia that is required to apply to Marshall’s medical school.

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“The Medical Sciences graduate program has done so much to prepare me for medical school! Taking classes alongside medical school students is a great experience and gives you an idea of what to expect once becoming a medical student. I could not imagine entering medical school without the knowledge and experience that I have gained through the BMS program.”

David Bartlett, Medical Sciences, Class of 2017

 

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Two (2) years

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A minimum of 36 credit hours is required to qualify for this non-thesis Master of Science degree.

Fall, Year I

Course title Course number Credit hours
Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins BMS 601 3
Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism BMS 602 3
Seminar BMS 680 1
Neurophysiology PHS 628 2

Spring, Year I

Regulation of Cell Function BMS 603 2
Cellular Basis of Disease BMS 604 1
Seminar BMS 680 1
Mammalian Physiology (recommended elective) PHS 629 6
Students returning for the second year of the program may take an MCAT Prep course over the summer that will be partially subsidized by the BMS Graduate Program.

Fall, Year II

Course title Course number Credit hours
Medical Microbiology I MCB 631 3
Seminar BMS 680 1
Medical Pharmacology I (recommended elective) PMC 621 6

Spring, Year II

Course title Course number Credit hours
Medical Microbiology II MCB 632 2
Medical Pharmacology II (recommended elective) PMC 622 2
Seminar BMS 680 1
Introduction to Research BMS 785 3
Biostatistics BMS 617 or equivalent 3

Successful completion of this area of emphasis will require a 3.0 grade point average and acceptable performance on the final comprehensive assessment (pass/fail), which will be administered to all degree candidates during the final exam week in the spring semester of the second year. A minimum 36 credit hours is required for a non-thesis MS degree. This degree will not guarantee admission into Marshall University School of Medicine or any other medical school.

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