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Master's of Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

Contact: Dr. Ginger Fisher, 970-351-2210 (telephone), Ginger.Fisher@unco.edu (e-mail)

Overview

Do you dream of going to medical or dental school or other health professional school? Do you want a Master’s in Biomedical Science degree in less than one year? Let UNC help you achieve your goal. With a Master’s in Biomedical Science from UNC, you’ll be well-positioned to apply to top quality medical, dental, veterinary or other professional school. Some of our alumni have also pursued career opportunities in clinical research, academia and physical rehabilitation. At UNC, you’ll benefit from personal attention and individualized advising from faculty experts in a friendly academic atmosphere.

New announcement!

We are excited to announce that the MBS program is now an approved WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program) Program for 2015-16 through The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands can now enroll in our MBS program and pay resident tuition.

For more information go to the main WRGP website http://www.wiche.edu/wrgp or contact Dr. Ginger Fisher (ginger.fisher@unco.edu).

Program features

UNC’s one year post-baccalaureate premedical program is designed to provide academic enhancement for strong students with a background in biology who want to improve their application to a professional or other biomedically-related graduate school.

The 30 credit hour program includes two semesters of graduate level intensive coursework that will result in a master’s degree in Biomedical Science. This program will help you demonstrate high-level academic achievement while taking a full load of rigorous and challenging courses—which can improve the success of your health professional school applications. Our students have seen an increase in their overall MCAT scores and an average of a 1.5 increase in their biological sciences scores. In order to graduate from the program, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination covering material from core courses.

You can view program details in the university course catalog.

    Past MBS students have earned interviews and/or acceptances at the following schools:
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Loma Linda School of Dentistry
  • Texas Wesleyan Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
  • University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry
  • The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Roseman University Health College of Dental Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
  • Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine
  • A.T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  • University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine

Your future

One out of three practicing physicians in the United States is over the age of 55, and many will retire in the next 10 or 15 years. Increased demand for healthcare services from the growing and aging population, combined with a shortage of physicians, will result in increased demand for healthcare providers.

Students with an MBS degree have also pursued careers outside of the health professional schools, including clinical research, university teaching, cardiac rehabilitation, research at NIH and Ph.D. programs.

The learning experience

With a maximum of twenty four students, small class size and the opportunity for one-on-one mentoring and supervision are two of the aspects of the program that contributes to student success. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer in one of the research labs. The curriculum includes 17 credits of required coursework and a minimum of 13 credits of elective courses.

    Required classes include:
  • Biomedicine and Careers
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Foundations of Clinical Research
  • Mammalian Physiology I
  • Mammalian Physiology II
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular and Cellular Lab
    Students can choose elective courses from the following classes:
  • Advanced Human Anatomy
  • Cancer Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Immunology and Disease
  • Mammalian Endocrinology
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Reproductive and Developmental Biology
  • Virology

Complete course descriptions can be found in the UNC catalog. Some substitutions may be possible in keeping with the substitution policy.

Faculty

The faculty are committed to innovated teaching excellence and are active in research. Teaching is a priority at UNC, which means that the faculty are accessible and provide a personalized learning experience with small class sizes. Because the faculty are highly involved in research, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and faculty members who are up-to-date on advances in their fields.

Admission to the program

    To apply, you must have completed a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have a minimum score on one of the following:
  • MCAT–22
  • GRE–1000
  • DAT–17
  • OAT–320
  • PCAT–50 percent composite

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. UNC offers five $6,000 merit-based, competitive scholarships.

More detailed information on admissions can be found on our MBS Admissions page.

Success

Artemis“Hands-down, the best aspect of the program is the atmosphere of the biology department and staff. Everyone is so hard-working and accomplished yet so humble and personable. They really care about their students and they helped us every step of the way to achieving what we set out to. I’ve experienced two other schools besides UNC and these professors are the best I’ve had the pleasure to learn from, without a doubt. It makes for such a pleasant environment to work in during a time where your academic skills are pushed to the absolute limit. The program itself is also top-notch. It took my knowledge, work ethic, and time management skills to a whole new level.” Lukas Alexopoulos, MBS, 2014
Artemis“Part of the reason I was drawn to the MBS program at UNC was the smaller class size. Having a smaller class size allows for teachers and advisors to focus on each individual student. This was certainly true in my experience at UNC, I did not feel like just another student in the crowd. Teachers and our advisor, Dr. Fisher, were always available to advise on anything whenever we needed. This program will teach you a lot and once you complete it successfully, you will feel confident in your future endeavors. Coming to UNC for a post-bac program in the sciences will give you a good education and surround you with a wonderful community, which I feel are the tools you need to succeed.” Artemis Khazaie, MBS, 2014

See more testimonials from past MBS graduates.

Meet the previous graduating classes of MBS students.

If you have questions, contact us (Ginger.Fisher@unco.edu) or try our MBS FAQ page.