Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

Sathees B. Chandra, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director

Program Overview

The Biomedical Sciences Program is a graduate level program intended for post baccalaureate students who wish to improve their overall profile in order to gain admission into professional programs such as dental, medical, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary schools, or doctoral (Ph.D.) biomedical science programs. Graduates will be able to advance as biomedical scientists or health care professionals. The core basic science courses are similar to those found in the first year of the medical/dental school curriculum. Program options are as follows:

Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences

  1. 12 month Track, Pre-Medical or Pre-Dental
  2. 18 month Track, Pre-Medical or Pre-Dental
  3. 24 month Track, Pre-Medical or Pre-Dental, all Research

The BMS admissions committee determines each student’s track selection.

The medical and dental tracks consist of 34 semester credit hours of didactic instruction plus a comprehensive examination (CR). The research track consists of 33 semester credit hours of didactic instruction that includes a capstone project.

Philosophy and Mission

The philosophy of the Biomedical Sciences Program is consistent with the Barry University mission.

Our obligation to the graduates: Our faculty is committed to helping students achieve their goals and producing graduates who can make a difference as leaders in the international health care community. Existing as a scholarly community, we are committed to the highest academic standards in graduate education. As part of the Biomedical Sciences Program, students will learn to grow as individuals committed to lifelong learning and social justice.

Our obligation to the community: To provide an educational program that reaches out to the local community in the form of service and research. Through health fairs, fundraisers, and research projects we strive to address social justice issues related to health care, while simultaneously providing direct interaction between community members and students.

Graduate students are self-directed learners. Achievement of the behavioral objectives of the Program requires intense commitment, motivation, and initiative. The student is responsible for his/her success in the Program.

The faculty serves as facilitators of learning, providing direction and support to students. Faculty is committed to the responsibilities of teaching, guidance, and professionalism, and provides individualized instruction and counsel as needed. Techniques for facilitating learning vary with the topic and objectives.

Goals of the Curriculum

Upon successful completion of the Program, all graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills in the biomedical sciences to solve complex health-related problems and engage in advanced medical studies (Critical Thinking);
  2. Collaborate and communicate with others using verbal, written, and technological skills inherent to health care, healthcare professionals, and healthcare scientists (Communication); and
  3. Engage in professional practices that adhere to the concepts of integrity, ethics, life-long learning, and patient advocacy (Professionalism).

Educational Objectives/Expected Outcomes

The educational objectives for the Program correlate with the three (3) goals of the curriculum: critical thinking, communication, and professionalism.

Upon completion of the Program, the graduate shall have acquired knowledge, skills and competence related to the Program goals as evidenced by the ability to:

  1. Analyze individual case studies and evaluate clinical treatments relative to biochemical, genetic, physical, and microbial diagnostics (Critical Thinking);
  2. Demonstrate collaboration by actively engaging in interdisciplinary local and global community outreach efforts for health promotion (Communication, Professionalism);
  3. Engage in leadership and service activities directed at promoting health (Professionalism);
  4. Participate in health-related research and scholarship (Professionalism);
  5. Correlate principles of molecular and cellular interactions to selected health and disease states (Critical Thinking, Communication);
  6. Demonstrate technology skills to enhance overall lifelong learning through peer-reviewed publications (Communication, Professionalism); and
  7. Demonstrate achievement of the Program’s objectives and synthesis of educational activities by completing a scholarly work in the form of a comprehensive examination or research proposal (Critical Thinking, Communication, Professionalism).

Admission Requirements for the BMS Program

  1. Applicants must have (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university with a record of satisfactory academic work at the baccalaureate and/or graduate level;
  2. All applicants for the master’s degree should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Any prior graduate level work will also be calculated into the cumulative GPA and this resulting GPA should be 3.0 or higher;
  3. Applicants must have grades of C or better in the following undergraduate courses: 8 semester credit hours of study each in General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics; 6 semester credit hours of study in English; 6 semester credit hours of Math; 8 semester credit hours of upper level Biology courses and 6 semester credit hours of Calculus are also strongly recommended; grades of C- or below are not acceptable;
  4. Official satisfactory scores, as determined by the Admissions Committee, from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years of application; GRE scores are evaluated in the context of the overall application package submitted by the applicant; other standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT and VAT) may be substituted for the GRE;
  5. Two recommendation letters from a basic or medical sciences professor;
  6. A resume and a personal statement of educational/professional goals; and
  7. International applicants must meet all requirements for international applicants listed in the general admissions section of the catalog.
  8. Students who have previously matriculated into professional school (DMD, DO, MD, DDS etc) may be requested to interview prior to being considered for admission into the program.

Provisional Acceptance for Masters in BMS

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, students may be admitted as provisional students. If a student is provisionally accepted, his/her credit load will be determined by the BMS Admissions Committee and the Program Director. Graduate students must satisfy all provisions and/or conditional admission requirements prior to registering for second or third semester as indicated in the acceptance letter. Students will not be able to register for the comprehensive exam or the capstone course if they have not fulfilled their provisional requirements. In addition, their respective faculty advisor will not approve the student for graduation until all provisions are met.

This program requires a special program fee.

Progression Requirements

  1. Students must comply with policies related to the Academic Dishonesty Policy and Civility Policy. Failure to do so will prevent progression.
  2. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or above to be in good standing.
  3. Receipt of a failing grade is cause for dismissal from the Program.
  4. Students may not progress in the Program while on a Medical Leave of Absence.
  5. Students may not begin a new semester with a grade of ‘I’ grade in a didactic from the previous semester without the permission of the Program Director.
  6. Students who are dismissed from the program may re-apply for admission. Readmission is not guaranteed.

Academic Standing

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or above to be considered in good standing.

Probation Status

A student with a cumulative grade point average below 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) will be placed on academic probation. Students not in good standing will be periodically reviewed by the BMS graduate admissions committee to determine eligibility to remain in the program. The Program Director will require a student on probation to register for a limited course load.

Suspension/Dismissal Status

A student will be suspended if on academic probation for two consecutive semesters and has a cumulative GPA below 3.0 or if a minimal semester GPA of 2.0 is not achieved in any given semester. Under academic suspension, a student will not be allowed to register for any BMS courses for one calendar year. Any student receiving a second suspension will be permanently dismissed from the program.

Note:

For students provisionally accepted, all provisions take precedence over the academic standing guidelines. Your academic standing will be assessed by the Program Director.

  1. Students may not progress in the program while on a Medical Leave of Absence.
  2. Students may not begin a new semester with a grade of ‘Incomplete’ in a course from the previous semester except in the advanced study or research class.

Readmission

Students who have been academically inactive for at least one calendar year and wish to be readmitted must complete an application for readmission. Readmission is contingent upon approval by the Admissions Committee.

Repeat Course Policy

No course may be attempted more than twice. Withdrawal after the last day for late registration deadline is counted as an attempt. Quality points and credits attempted and earned for the second attempt are counted in lieu of those earned for the initial attempt. Though both attempts will remain as part of the student’s permanent record, the cumulative grade point average will reflect only the grade earned on the second attempt. No courses in the biomedical sciences curriculum may be taken for a Credit/No Credit grade.

Graduation Requirements

A student must have completed 34 credits (Dental and Medical tracks) or 33 credits including a Capstone Project (Research track) of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) with no more than 8 credits of “C” grades in order to graduate with the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. Courses with F grades must be repeated and replaced with grades of C or better. For graduation, all core classes and the last 9 credits of this degree must be completed at Barry University.

Comprehensive Examination

Master’s students on the Dental and Medical tracks must register for, and pass a comprehensive qualifying examination (“Comprehensive Exam”) based on the required course work. Comprehensive Exam fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. To be eligible for the comprehensive exam a student must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA for 30 credits with no more than 8 credits of C grades and no F grades and must have satisfied all provisions for admission.

With permission of the Program Director, students may request to submit scores from Step 1 of the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE), the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX), or the National Board Dental Examination in lieu of sitting the Program’s Comprehensive Exam. Passing scores are required on one of these examinations to be eligible for consideration.

Note:

  1. A student may only sit for the Comprehensive Exam a maximum of three times.
  2. A student has a maximum of seven years from their start of the program to complete all degree requirements, including sitting for and passing the comprehensive examination.
  3. Students can apply for graduation after completing all the program core courses. Students enrolled in their final semester of the program may also be allowed to apply for graduation.
  4. Students in the Research Track must satisfactorily complete a research project/paper and capstone project in lieu of the comprehensive examination.

Grading Policy

Students should always refer to the course syllabus. Grading for a course is typically as follows:

A 90%–100% points
B 80%–89.99% points
C 70%–79.99% points
F Below 70% points
I Incomplete*
IP In Progress (incomplete internship, project)
CR Credit (completes course requirements, no grade points)
NC No credit (does not complete course requirements, no grade points)
W Withdrew from course before the withdrawal deadline

*An ‘I’ grade is not automatically given for absence from class or incomplete work. An ‘I’ grade will need to be requested in writing by the student to the course instructor when course assignments have not been satisfactorily completed. A substantial portion of the required coursework and assignments/assessments, as determined by the faculty member, should be complete to qualify for an ‘I’ grade. Students who are granted an ‘I’ grade in a course must complete all the course requirements by the date set by the Registrar’s Office. An ‘I’ grade becomes an F if assignments are not completed.

Non-Degree-Seeking Applicants

Applicants who wish to take courses for purposes of personal enrichment, teacher certification, or to secure credits to transfer to another institution (guest students) are considered non-degree-seeking students. Such applicants must: 1) submit a completed non-degree application form with a $30.00 nonrefundable application fee (waived for Barry alumni); and 2) present evidence of receipt of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution. Non-degree-seeking students may register for a maximum of six (6) graduate credits. Under non-degree status, students do not qualify for financial aid unless they are seeking teacher certification. Enrollment as a non-degree-seeking student in no way implies admission to a degree program.

Change of Status from Non-Degree-Seeking to Degree-Seeking Student

Students who wish to change their status from non-degree-seeking to degree-seeking must complete the required application and meet all the requirements for degree-seeking applicants for the College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Enrollment as a non-degree-seeking student in no way implies admission to a degree program. With the approval of the dean, schools may accept a maximum of six credits with a minimum grade of B to be applied from non-degree to degree-seeking. For additional information students should speak with their academic advisor.

Student Conduct Code

(See Student Handbook)

Transfer Credits

Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the Program Director. A maximum of six graduate credits may be transferred from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution of higher education at the time of matriculation. The program’s sequential design and specialty content prevents transfer credit of specialization coursework from outside of the curriculum. Only courses with a final grade of B or higher will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits must meet the criteria established by Barry University. Transfer credits cannot be applied to the BMS degree if they were already applied toward another degree.

Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences

The curriculum represents an intense program of study that provides a broad biomedical education. It is delivered by an international team of expert faculty at a level consistent with the first year of medical/dental school. Students in their respective track are required to take the following courses:

Master of Science, Medical Track (34 credits)

Required Courses (28 credits)

BMS-527BIOCHEM: METABOLIC PATHWAYS

3

BMS-528BIOCHEM: MOLECULAR & CLIN APP

3

BMS-563NEUROSCIENCES

3

BMS-550HISTOLOGY & CELL BIO W/LAB

4 to 5

BMS-550LHISTOLOGY LAB

0

BMS-553HEALTH LAW & ETHICS

3

BMS-590GROSS ANATOMY

6

BMS-590LGROSS ANATOMY LAB

0

BMS-595HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

6

BMS-595LPHYSIOLOGY LAB

0

CMP-699COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

0

Electives (6 credits)

BMS-Electives

Note: Please click on BMS for course description

Master of Science, Dental Track (34 credits)

Required Courses (28 credits)

BMS-527BIOCHEM: METABOLIC PATHWAYS

3

BMS-528BIOCHEM: MOLECULAR & CLIN APP

3

BMS-543ORAL PATHOLOGY

3

BMS-550HISTOLOGY & CELL BIO W/LAB

4 to 5

BMS-550LHISTOLOGY LAB

0

BMS-553HEALTH LAW & ETHICS

3

BMS-590GROSS ANATOMY

6

BMS-590LGROSS ANATOMY LAB

0

BMS-595HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

6

BMS-595LPHYSIOLOGY LAB

0

CMP-699COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

0

Electives (6 credits)

BMS-Electives

Note: Please click on BMS for course description

Master of Science, Research Track (33 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)

CLB-505BIOTECHNOLOGY

3

BMS-527BIOCHEM: METABOLIC PATHWAYS

3

BMS-528BIOCHEM: MOLECULAR & CLIN APP

3

CLB-521LAB SAFETY: PRINCIPLES/PRAC

3

BMS-553HEALTH LAW & ETHICS

3

CLB-507BASIC RESRCH METHODOLOGY

3

BMS-675RESEARCH

3 to 6

CLB-671CAPSTONE PROJECT

3

Electives (9 credits)

BMS-Electives

-Or

CLB-Electives

Note: Please click on BMS for course description

Notes:

  1. Classes may be offered during the day, late afternoon, or evenings.
  2. For the research track, a laboratory research project and capstone project will be evaluated by a graduate committee composed of an outside advisor, a Barry University faculty member, or the Program Director.
  3. Medical and Dental students must pass the comprehensive exam to receive their degree (see Comprehensive Exam and Graduation Requirements).