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Biomedical Sciences, M.S.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University is pleased to offer a Master of Science in Biomedical Science (BMS). The program is designed to improve the candidacy of individuals interested in attending medical school. The program can be taken by any individual and used to enhance their application to any medical school. Students are required to earn 33 credits to complete the BMS.

This one-year, full-time, non-thesis master’s program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in science or have completed the course prerequisites for medical school, and want to bolster their overall credentials for admission. Through the program, students will gain skills proven necessary for success, gain valuable volunteer experience (optional), and prepare for entry into the first year of medical school through an intense, rewarding year of study. This program will not only prepare students for a career in medicine but also in the sciences, especially with an emphasis on critical thinking.

The program focuses on both cognitive and behavioral skills as well as the knowledge base needed for medical school success, including medical science coursework, evidence-based study, time-management skills, servant leadership or health policy experience (optional), research, and securing important recommendations from academic and medical professionals.

International F-1 students who successfully complete this degree are eligible for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension to work in the U.S. in an area directly related to their area of study immediately upon completing the customary 12-month post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

This program is designed to begin mid-summer and end in May of the following year. It is expected that students will be studying in person on the Jonesboro, Arkansas, campus.

The BMS has five components:

  1. Scientific Foundation of Medicine – Students gain in-depth understanding of the biologic basis of health and disease by taking the same instructional material and assessments as those typically taken by first-year medical students.
  2. Clinical Inquiry Courses – These two team-based learning courses are specifically tailored to BMS students, and is unique to this program. While the biomedical science courses teach depth of knowledge, these courses impart the breadth and application of that knowledge as it would be experienced in a clinical setting. Courses combine case-based learning with concept mapping to integrate the knowledge and apply it in a clinical setting.
  3. Critical Thinking – This course introduces students to cognitive learning strategies and how to effectively apply them to medical science competencies. Students will further their development in critical analysis of information and data, and how to appropriately act on this analysis as it relates to biomedical and clinical science.
  4. Research – This two-semester laboratory experience is designed to help students gain research experience that may aid in a career in either science or medicine, and also provide a foundation in the application of the scientific method.
  5. Seminar – Students discuss current relevant research in science, medicine, or medical education. Seminars introduce students to scientific literature, data interpretation, and reading comprehension.

Admissions Requirements

Application Materials

Applications are reviewed by NYITCOM Office of Admissions. The following are required for application to the program:

  1. Completed application and fee for the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
  2. Completion of a bachelor’s degree and pre-med requirements
  3. Three letters of recommendation (one from NYITCOM Office of Admission for the referral) and any two from the following:
    • undergraduate faculty highlighting academic abilities
    • work or volunteer organization highlighting leadership skills
    • personal reference highlighting interest in medicine
  4. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges (unofficial transcripts are acceptable upon application, but official transcripts are required before program completion)
  5. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher recommended and MCAT scores (unofficial upon application; official before program completion)
  6. Essay detailing why you want to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine and/or how can this program help you reach your goals and what can you add to the program

Program Progression

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree, students must:

  • Receive a passing grade (70% or more) in every course of the curriculum
  • Successfully complete research requirements
  • Display professional and ethical behavior at all times
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • Complete all requirements for the degree within one (1) year of beginning the program. Exceptions to this rule may only be made with the consent of the director of the program.
  • There is no final comprehensive exam at the end of this program; rather, each course is completed individually and utilizes multiple assessment methods to determine students’ mastery of the material.

Requirements for Acceptance into NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Students that successfully complete all the requirements of the Biomedical Sciences, M.S. program may apply to NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.