Daily I am thankful for the diverse education and skillset that I received with a degree in Integrated Biomedical Sciences as it has opened a multitude of unexpected doors toward a rewarding and fulfilling career in higher education.
What is Biomedical Science?
The field of biomedical science applies biology-based science to the healthcare industry. Biomedical science refers to a set of sciences ranging from the DNA-to-system level that are aimed at developing new therapies, treatments, and technologies that can help with the management of diseases, illnesses, and disabilities. With an emphasis on understanding the complexities of human health from a variety of intertwined disciplines such as biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, and pharmacology, biomedical sciences is one of the most universal degrees in healthcare and can be used as a gateway or steppingstone into the health professions (MD, Physician Assistant, DMD, etc.), academic and industrial research, policy, education, or science writing.
One of the greatest attractions of a biomedical science degree is that you will be exposed to a wide variety of content (both in terms of basic and clinical science) allowing your broad education to provide a skill set to be adaptable in the ever-changing scientific landscape. Biomedical science provides a holistic vision of human science, underpinned by relevant basic sciences including anatomy and physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and molecular biology, and statistics that are taught from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Leaving behind a narrow/siloed thought process will allow HPU students to navigate an increasingly collaborative and integrated science environment to ultimately address the changing needs in scientific discovery, research, and patient-centered care.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredited Master’s of Biomedical Sciences program, has been designed to benefit students who want to: 1.) demonstrate increased academic maturity, along with, strengthening clinical and/or research skills ahead of pursuing an advanced degree in healthcare (MD, PA, DDM, PT, AT, etc.) and/or 2.) advance in a career as a research scientist via a terminal or gateway degree program designed to foster skill development in areas such as methodology, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, collaborative teamwork, and the interpretation and evaluation of scientific literature.
The program consists of:
HPU will give preference to applicants who demonstrate the potential to be successful in a graduate level curriculum; thus, a consistent or an up-trending undergraduate academic track record will allow you to successfully transition into master’s level expectations. In addition to academic success, students must demonstrate high level interest in experiential learning, leadership, and service. Finally, HPU Biomedical Sciences will work to enhance a mission to diversify the STEM workforce; thus, enrollment of students from various backgrounds is essential.
|Biology||8||Introductory with lab||Cell and Molecular, Genetics, Zoology, Evolution, Ecology
Cell/Molecular or Genetics-Highly Recommended
|Anatomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Exercise Science, Neuroscience, or Physiology.||15-16||At least 3 upper level courses with lab (3xxx or 4xxx) are required.||Biochemistry, Cellular biology, Molecular biology, Kinesiology, Biomedical Science (immunology, cancer biology, virology, parasitology, neuroscience)|
|Anatomy and Physiology||Highly Recommended||2XXX+ with lab|
|General Chemistry||8||1xxx with lab|
|Organic Chemistry||8||At least 2xxx with lab|
|Humanities||8||Evidence of liberal arts exploration||Ethics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, History, Art, or Political Science|
|Communication||4||Evidence of proficient oral or written communication||Composition, Speech, Literature, English, Humanities courses that are writing intensive|
|Math||4||At least Pre-calculus||Statistics/Biostatistics, Pre-calculus, Calculus
Biomedical science provides a holistic vision of human science, underpinned by relevant basic sciences including anatomy and physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and molecular biology, and statistics that are taught from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Through our innovative curriculum, HPU students navigate an increasingly collaborative and integrated science environment to ultimately address the changing needs in scientific discovery, research, and patient-centered care.
The master’s degree in biomedical sciences can be completed in 11 months through three terms (summer, fall, spring terms, with a May graduation). Courses will be offered in a cohort model totaling 39 credits. *Courses and credit number are subject to change.
|Summer Term Courses*||Fall Term Courses*||Spring Term Courses*|
|(5) Foundations in Medical Physiology + laboratory||(5) Advanced Human Anatomy+ cadaveric laboratory||(2) Biomedical Sciences Special Topics Elective|
|(5) Medicinal Biochemistry + laboratory||(4) Clinical Pharmacology||(3) Research Development, Clinical Training, or Internship Capstone|
|(1) Journal Club||(5) Pathology + Histology laboratory|
|(3) EMT Training OR Biomedical Techniques||(2) EMT clinicals OR Research Design OR Regulations|
|(3) Advanced Biostatistics||(1) Healthcare Practice and Professional Development I|
|(0) Standardized Exam Preparation I||(0) Standardized Exam Preparation II|
|17 credits||17 credits||5 credits|
The HPU Biomedical sciences team recognizes the importance of high-level course work integrated with technical skill development in methodology, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, teamwork, and communication. Laboratory experiences using state-of-the-art instrumentation will provide students with the technical acumen and scientific mindset necessary for success in a variety of career fields. Because our goal is skillset and knowledge development to propel you toward your future career goals, HPU offers the following assets that set our program apart from other private liberal arts institutions in the country:
(* if specific program requirements have been met)