Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (M.S.B.S.) Program offers training for students interested in research careers at academic, government or private institutions. We will provide individuals aspiring for a health science career an opportunity to become prepared for professional studies in the areas of medicine and research.
The program is designed to be completed in 24 months, but can take up to five years to be completed on a part-time basis. The curriculum includes first-year medical school classes, courses specifically designed for the biomedical science program and an intensive 18 months of bench research.
Students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) program can also apply to the Biomedical Sciences program. Curriculum for dual degree students is designed to be completed within five years. The emphasis for dual degree students is on training clinician researchers to teach research methods and conduct methodologically rigorous and scientifically sound studies.
To educate diverse groups of highly competent and collaborative biomedical scientists prepared to address problems of human health through basic and clinical research.
A cultivator of exceptional student researchers who discover and disseminate new knowledge that contributes to the advancement of the treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease.
To be considered for admission, you must have a B.A. or B.S., expect to complete the requirements for a degree before enrolling, or meet the requirements of a specific articulation agreement. Your undergraduate degree should be in the biological or physical sciences; however, applicants with non-science degrees will be considered if they have a strong science background. The degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must submit entrance exam (e.g., MCAT, GRE, DAT) scores during the application process. A science GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher are recommended. The following courses are required for admission:
|Subject||Required Course(s) or Term Hours|
|Biology/Zoology||8 semester hours, with lab|
|General Chemistry||8 semester hours, with lab|
|Organic Chemistry||4 semester hours, with lab|
|Biochemistry||3 semester hours|
|Physics||8 semester hours, with lab (may substitute 3 semester hours of Statistics)|
|English: Comp/Literature/Speech||6 semester hours|
Other recommended course work includes cell biology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, and anatomy.
Additional information can be found on the MSBS Program Admissions Requirements website.
Program Application Process
Application to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program is accepted through the online application system on the DMU website. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a superior ability in the biological and chemical sciences throughout their undergraduate and graduate course work and standardized test results. Three letters of recommendation are also used to assess a candidate’s potential for graduate study.
Detailed information regarding the process can be found on the MSBS Program Admissions website.
Competitive candidates for admission will be invited to Des Moines University to tour the facilities, meet faculty and graduate students, and have a formal interview.
A student may request transfer credit for previous graduate work completed at other regionally accredited (or equivalent) educational institutions. The request should be submitted in writing to the Program Director who will forward it to the Biomedical Sciences Coordinating Committee. Approved transfer credits will be entered on the student’s permanent record by the Registrar’s Office. No more than 10.0 credit hours of approved graduate work will be applied toward the 47.0 credit hours required for the degree.
Curriculum Overview and Outline
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program is a two-year program that offers diverse opportunities in the specialties biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, and pathology. Dual degree students (DO or DPM) can complete the requirements for the MSBS degree with one additional year added to their clinical program. Students are required to complete a total of 47.0 credit hours (22.5 credit hours in the classroom and 24.5 credit hours of bench research and thesis).
Students select a laboratory in their first year while completing the majority of their course work. The second year focuses primarily on research and thesis. Throughout the program students enjoy beneficial learning and working relationships with each other and with faculty dedicated to their success.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Carry out and interpret biomedical research that generates new knowledge and advances the field.
- Apply mastery of core concepts in biomedical science to course work and research projects.
- Effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral format
- Adhere to the appropriate standards of professionalism and ethics related to biomedical research.
- Collaborate effectively with colleagues, advisors, and the larger research community to promote cooperative learning.
Continuous Quality Improvement
The COM is committed to delivering high-quality academic programming to ensure the academic and professional success of its students. Assessment and evaluation are crucial steps in the educational process that are carefully aligned with student learning objectives and instructional activities. Formative and summative assessment methods vary in format – i.e., written tests, performance assessments (research and thesis), focused assignments (case reports, projects, self-reflection) and portfolios, among others. Student assessment results are incorporated into the COM planning process on a regular basis to support continual improvement in programs and services to students.
Technical Standards for Admission, Academic Promotion and Graduation
A candidate for the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree must have abilities and skills (referred to as “technical standards”) in five areas: unimpaired observation; communication; motor; intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and behavioral and social. The University is committed to complying with the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act, recognizing that certain minimum technical standards must be present in all students seeking a Master of Science. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when supported with appropriate documentation, but in all cases, candidates and students must be able to demonstrate performance in a reasonably independent manner.
1. Unimpaired Observation: Candidates and students must have sufficient vision to be able to observe and timely interpret demonstrations, experiments and laboratory exercises in the basic sciences.
2. Communication: Candidates and students must be able to speak, hear, observe, and understand the English language in classroom and laboratory settings. They must also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written formats.
3. Motor: Candidates and students must have sufficient fine motor and gross motor function to execute movements reasonably required in a classroom instruction and/or laboratory dissection setting, including handling and manipulating biological material and laboratory equipment safely.
4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: Candidates and students must have the ability to accurately measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, problem solve, and think critically. They must also have the ability to participate and learn through a variety of modalities including but not limited to classroom instruction, small groups, and team and collaborative activities. In addition, candidates and students should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. Candidates and students must be able to concentrate, analyze and timely interpret data and make decisions within areas in which there is a reasonable amount of visual and auditory distraction. They must also perform these functions in a timely manner.
5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, prompt execution of laboratory processes, and the timely completion of all responsibilities. Candidates and students must be able to interface well with a healthcare team; tolerate physically taxing and stressful workloads; adapt to changing environments; display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in graduate research; be free of impairment due to substance abuse; and avoid jeopardizing the safety of the laboratory personnel with unsafe laboratory practices. Integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational processes. Students must be accepting and non-judgmental of individuals whose spiritual beliefs, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, or sexual orientation differ from their background.
The University encourages application by qualified individuals with disabilities who meet these technical standards either with or without reasonable accommodations. Requests from candidates and students for reasonable accommodations in meeting the technical standards will be reviewed and considered by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). CTL is the University department that reviews requests for student accommodations. For additional information about the process for assessing an applicant’s compliance with the Technical Standards, contact the CTL.
Use of an intermediary may be permissible in performing some physical maneuvers or data gathering, but must not substitute for the candidate or student’s interpretation and judgment. The use of a trained intermediary, a person trained to perform essential skills on behalf of the candidate, or a person used such that a candidate’s judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation, is not permitted.
Technological compensation can be made with respect to certain technical standards, but candidates and students should be able to perform these standards in a reasonably independent manner.
Process for Assessing Compliance with the Technical Standards
Candidates are required to attest at the time they accept an offer to matriculate that they meet the applicable technical standards, and thereafter must attest on an annual basis, as a student, that they continue to meet the standards. These standards are not intended to deter any candidate or student who might be able to complete the requirements of the curriculum with reasonable accommodations.
|BIOC 1112||Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics||4.5|
|MBS 1B02||Introduction to Research||2|
|MBS 1B03||Responsible Conduct Biomedical Research||1|
|MBS 1B06||Intro to Biostatistics and Data Analysis||2|
|MBS 1B12A||Frontiers in Biomedical Research A||1.5|
|MBS 1B12B||Frontiers in Biomedical Research B||1|
|MBS 1B14||Research Compliance & Laboratory Safety||0.5|
|MBS 2B04||Presentation of Scientific Information||1|
|MBS 2B05||Scientific Communications||1|
|Total Hours (Required Core & Emphasis Block Courses)||46.5|
|MBS 1B07||Microbiology and Immunology 1||6|
|MBS 1B11||Special Topics Microbiology & Immunology 1||1.5|
|PHYPM 1116||Medical Physiology 1||6.5|
|MBS 1B05||Special Topics in Physiology & Pharm 1||1|
|MICR 1109||General Pathology 1||2.5|
|MBS 1B08||Major Organ Physiology 1||3.5|
|ELECT 2080||Special Topics Elective 1||1.0-6.0|
7.5 hours of emphasis courses are required.
In addition to course work, students in the program must successfully write and defend a thesis to receive their master’s degree from Des Moines University.
There are no required elective hours.
|BIOC 1122||Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) Biochem||1|
|ELECT 2080||Special Topics Elective||1.0-6.0|
The University awards the degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (M.S.) upon recommendation of the faculty. The Academic Progress Committee reports annually to the college faculty the names of students that have met requirements for the master’s degree.
To graduate, a student must:
- Exhibit high standards of professional behavior and receive the graduate faculty’s recommendation for graduation.
- Successfully complete all required and elective courses and attain a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Successfully complete and defend their thesis.
- Make continual research project progress commensurate with successful thesis completion.
- Be in attendance at the College of Osteopathic Medicine for the last 30 credits.
- Satisfactorily discharge all financial obligations to the University.
- Complete all graduation requirements, including the graduation clearance process and a Petition to Graduate form. The Petition to Graduate form can be found on the website.