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Macklin Iliff, PPS ’17, BMS ’18

“Elms understood what my goals were.I knew coming out of undergrad that I wanted to have more clinical experience, more classes, and something to boost my GPA to make me a better overall candidate for medical school.”

Macklin was accepted to Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO, after completing both the premedical and biomedical sciences programs at Elms.

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) at Elms College is a rigorous, 12-month academic program.

Students have access to career development and/or premedical preparation (including standardized test preparation).

The BMS will help students strengthen their application for medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, pharmacy, genetic counseling, physical and occupational therapy and other professional health programs.  It can also prepare students for the research sciences and teaching in higher education.

Curriculum and Course Requirements

A minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate coursework is required.


Fall Term

BIO 513 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 + 1 credits)
BIO 516 Cell Biology (3 credits)
BIO 521 Genetics (3 + 1 credits)
BIO 526 Molecular Biology (3 + 1 credits)
BMS 509 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3 credits)
BMS 510 Endocrinology (3 credits)
BMS 570 Histology (3 credits)
PHI XXX Medical Ethics (or similar) (3 credits)
BMS 690 Capstone Internships/Research (1 credit)
BMS 695 Graduate Teaching Assistantship (1 credit)
XXX XXX Elective Courses (Courses 500 level or above)
XXX XXX MCAT or other standardized test preparation

Spring Term

BIO 514 Anatomy & Physiology II (3 + 1 credits)
BIO 540 Immunology (3 credits)
BIO 507 Bioethics (or similar) (3 credits)
BIO 530 Microbiology (3 + 1 credits)
BIO 536 Biochemistry (3 + 1 credits)
BMS 522 Pharmacology (3 credits)
BMS 527 Pathology (3 credits)
BMS 630 Neuroscience (3 credits)
BMS 690 Capstone Internships/Research (1 credit)
BMS 695 Graduate Teaching Assistantship (1 credit)
XXX XXX Elective Courses (Courses 500 level or above)
XXX XXX MCAT or other standardized test preparation

Summer Term

BIO 313/313L Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 credits)
BIO 314/314L Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 credits)
BIO 506 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
BIO 535 Nutrition (3 credits)

3 + 1 courses have a laboratory in which the laboratory is strongly suggested
3 credits/3 + 1 courses have an optional laboratory

Electives might include undergraduate-level courses in the sciences or in other areas such as social sciences or other courses in the undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum (Note: Undergraduate courses taken will not contribute to the 32 graduate-credit-hour completion minimum).

Duration of Program

This is a one-year program. Students who work in healthcare at a minimum of 20 hours per week in an approved position by the program director can take up to two years to complete the program.

Program Requirements for Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in their undergraduate program.

Standardized test scores are NOT required, but if you have them, it is optional to submit them.

Students are recommended to have completed the following coursework (premedical prerequisites) to be considered for admission into the Master in Biomedical Science degree program at Elms College:

  • Two semesters of Biology with laboratory
  • General Chemistry I and II with laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with laboratory
  • General Physics I and II with laboratory
  • Calculus I
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • 1 semester of English (composition course)
  • 1 semester of reading comprehension course (i.e., literature)

Students who lack (or need to re-take) 1-2 of the above courses can do so by taking appropriate elective courses. However, undergraduate courses cannot be used for graduate credit toward the master’s degree in biomedical sciences.

Students who lack (or need to re-take) more than two of the above courses or the required GPA can apply to the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies certificate program at Elms College.

Students who qualify can offset tuition by earning a scholarship in exchange for becoming a teaching assistant (assist in teaching and/or preparation of labs in biology, chemistry and physics) and/or tutor in areas where students show proficiency. Students will be selected for these opportunities on the basis of prior GPA and experience in the courses to be taught.

Students will be eligible to take the onsite MCAT prep course and take advantage of all premedical advising opportunities

  • Onsite MCAT prep course is available
  • Other standardized test preparations are also available
  • Access to the premedical advisor for advising, letters, personal statements, etc.

Program Requirements for Degree Completion

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in the program.
  • Students must complete 32 credits of graduate coursework in the time specified.
  • A minimum of 16 credits must be taken in BIO, BMS, and BMH courses 500 level and above (other courses at the college 500 level and above can be approved with permission).
  • All courses must be taken at Elms College unless special provisions are made.
  • Students cannot withdraw from courses unless they are granted a leave of absence from the college; or special permission from the director.
  • No grades can be less than a C+ (77%).

Degree Completion Outcomes

Students who complete the master’s degree in biomedical sciences would be eligible to:

  • Apply to programs in professional health care (medicine, veterinary, dental, physician assistant, chiropractic, physical therapy, optometry, podiatry, anesthesiology assistant, cardiovascular perfusion, pharmacy and many others)
  • Apply to graduate programs, including master of business administration (MBA) programs, master’s degree programs in public health or education, or master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in bioethics/medical humanities or basic science
  • Enter jobs in the sciences
  • Enter jobs at the instructor level in higher education

Students completing their premedical prerequisites and advanced courses in biology have matriculated to the following programs:

*Students accepted to these programs have received a full tuition scholarship


Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, PA
Georgetown School of Medicine, DC
Hofstra School of Medicine, NY
Medical College of South Carolina
Meharry Medical College, TN
NOVA Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine, FL
Penn State Medical College, Hershey, PA
Rosalind Franklin College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
St. Louis University Medical School, MO
SUNY Upstate Syracuse School of Medicine, NY
*UMass Medical, MA
Wayne State School of Medicine, MI


Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), PA
NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Purdue University College of Osteopathic Medicine, IN
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, CO
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, WV


Touro College of Dental Medicine, NY
Temple University College of Dental Medicine, PA
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, AZ
Tufts University Dental School, MA


Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, CO
Florida State College of Veterinary Medicine, FL
Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, VA
Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, LA
Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, AZ
Purdue Veterinary College, IN
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, MA
University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine, PA
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, TN

Podiatric Medicine

Barry University College of Podiatric Medicine, FL
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, CA
New York College of Podiatric Medicine, NY


Indiana University College of Optometry, IN
New England College of Optometry, MA
Salus University, PA
SUNY College of Optometry, NY
Ohio State University College of Optometry, OH

Physician Assistant

Baypath University Physician Assistant School, MA
MCPHS Physician Assistant School, MA
Springfield College Physician Assistant School, MA
Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program, MA
University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant School, CT
University of St. Joseph Physician Assistant School, CT
Westfield State University M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program, MA


*Howard University Medical School College of Pharmacy, DC
LECOM College of Pharmacy, Bradenton, FL
Western New England University College of Pharmacy, MA

Master of Public Health

Temple University MPH, Philadelphia PA
*Thomas Jefferson MPH, Philadelphia PA

Elizabeth Amaro-Gonzalez '18

Photo of MS in Biomedical Sciences grad Elizabeth Amaro-Gonzalez“It was very rigorous, but the program is structured for you to succeed.”

Elizabeth quickly translated her experience in the Master of Biomedical Sciences program into a position with Decibel Therapeutics, a Boston-based biotechnology company developing groundbreaking therapies to treat hearing loss. Read more about how Elizabeth landed a job in a research lab.