Curriculum and Course Requirements

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.

A minimum of 30 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 credits/3 + 1 credits)
BIO 526 Molecular Biology (3 credits/3 + 1)
BMS 509 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3 credits)
BMS 510 Endocrinology (3 credits)
BMS 527 Pathology (3 credits)
PHI XXX Medical Ethics (or similar) (3 credits)
BMS 610 Introduction to Clinical Medicine (3 credits)
BMS 620 Research Methods in Biotechnology/Biomedical Sciences     (3 credits)
BMS 680 Capstone Research/Internship (1-3 credits)
XXX XXX Elective Courses

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 credits/3 + 1)
BIO 536 Biochemistry (3 credits/3 + 1)
BMS 522 Pharmacology/Toxicology (3 credits)
BMS 570 Histology (3 credits/3 + 1)
BMS 630 Neuroscience (3 credits)
BMS 640 Simulation Lab (3 credits)
BMS 690 Capstone Paper/Presentation for Internships/Research (1-3 credits)
XXX XXX Elective Courses
XXX XXX MCAT Preparation or other standardized test preparation

Summer Term

BIO 535 Nutrition (3 credits)
BMS 680 Master of Biomedical Science Capstone Course (for Research and/or Internships)

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 30 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:

  • 2 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
  • Elementary 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) 1-4 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 4 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 tests prep 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
  • 2 credits must be in the Biomedical Sciences Capstone (1 credit must be taken in each of two semesters)
  • A minimum of 16 credits must be taken in BIO or BMS courses 500 level and above
  • 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

    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 such as (master of business administration, or master’s degree programs in public health or education, or master’s degree or PhD. 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

Georgetown School of Medicine
Hofstra School of Medicine
Medical College of South Carolina
Meharry Medical College
Penn State Medical College, Hershey PA
St. Louis University Medical School
SUNY Upstate Syracuse School of Medicine
*UMass Medical
Wayne State School of Medicine, MI

Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Purdue University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Colorado
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Veterinary (over the past 3 years)
Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Florida State College of Veterinary Medicine
Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia
Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, Arizona
Purdue Veterinary College
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Barry University College of Podiatric Medicine
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Physician Assistant
Baypath University Physician Assistant School
MCPHS Physician Assistant School
Springfield College Physician Assistant School
Tuft University School of Physician Assistant
University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant School

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

Masters of Public Health
Temple University MPH, Philadelphia PA
*Thomas Jefferson MPH, Philadelphia PA