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Degree

Master of Arts in Biomedical Science (M.A.)

General Requirements

Length of Program

9 months, full-time; begins fall quarter only

Class Size

95

Class Matriculating in 2013

Postgraduate Education Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The MA degree is not considered a terminal degree and the salary the MA graduate earns will be determined by the professional career they enter.

Graduation Rate (2013)

Seventy-nine of the 86 students (92%) matriculating in the class of 2013 graduated from the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program on time.

MWU Outcomes (2012)

Forty-six of the 67 (69%) students graduating in the 2012 class have been accepted into professional school including:  medical, dental, podiatry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and PhD programs.

Data obtained from Midwestern University matriculation records and annual exit interviews.  Thirty percent (30%) have not communicated their career status with the program.

US Employment Projections

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2012-2013 edition, occupational outlook report, the following Biomedical Sciences related employment occupations are expected to reflect the following demand:

Employment of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Teachnologists and Technicians

Job Outlook

Employment of medical laboratory technologists is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of medical laboratory technicians is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

2010 Median pay - $46,680 per year - $22.44 per hour

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-tehnicians.htm - (accessed 8/30/13)

Employment of Biological Technicians

Job Outlook

Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase for these workers.

2010 Median Pay - $39,020 per year - $18.76 per hour

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biological-technicians.htm - (accesssed 8/30/13)

Employment of Health Educators

Job Outlook

Employment of health educators is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.  Growth will be driven by efforts to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors.

2010 Median Pay - $45,830 per year

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm - (accessed 8/30/13)

Employment of Medical and Health Services Managers

Job Outlook

Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.  As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services.  Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staff in all areas of the industry.

2010 Median Pay - $84,270 per year

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm - (accessed 8/30/13)

Admission Requirements

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 To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or higher, preferably with a major in the sciences, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00 in all coursework completed for their bachelor's or higher degree program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (or one committee letter from the applicant's college or university).
  4. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  5. Test scores submitted to the Office of Admissions from one of the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT), Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), or other professional program admissions test.
  6. Completion of the typical prerequisite coursework for admission into medical, dental, or pharmacy schools, including biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English; prospective students are responsible for determining the prerequisites for the health professional program and institution of their choice.
  7. Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better; a C- will not be accepted.
  8. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

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    Prerequisite Courses

    CoursesSem HrsQtr Hrs
    Biology with lab812
    General Chemistry with lab812
    Organic Chemistry with lab812
    Physics with lab46
    Mathematics34

    A limited number of transfer credits from other institutions are allowed: 6 semester (9 quarter) hours for the Master of Arts in Biomedical Science. However, this does not remove the requirement to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per quarter.

    Application Deadline

    Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible, but no later than July 15th, to ensure timely consideration.

    Additional Application Information

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    Program Description

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    The Master of Arts in Biomedical Science (MA) degree is a full-time, three-quarter, graduate level, coursework only program. This program is designed to help students with a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major in the sciences, improve their academic foundation in the biomedical sciences and augment their credentials for admission into medical school or other health professional program. All students take a minimum of 45 quarter hour credits in the basic sciences and medical ethics. Courses are in disciplines including: biochemistry, molecular cell biology, genetics, histology, human anatomy (with lab), human physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, introduction to medical ethics and a capstone course. The capstone course includes preparation of a scholarly, literature-based portfolio on a topic of the student’s choice (usually a disease condition) and a presentation of their topic in a research poster. In addition, students are required to take elective credits if needed to bring the total quarter credits to 15 or more credits. The elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses and professional preparation courses (e.g. Health Career Planning, Medical Terminology, Learning Styles and Assessment, etc.). These electives improve critical thinking skills, study skills, and enhance the student’s preparation for professional school application.

    NOTE: Transferring between degree programs is prohibited. M.B.S. students who leave after their first year will not be granted an M.A. degree. M.A. students who do not get into a professional program after the first year cannot "stay on" for a second year and receive the M.B.S. degree.

    Mission

    The Midwestern University Master of Arts in Biomedical Science Program educates and prepares students in the biomedical sciences to be competitive applicants for professional programs or careers in healthcare.

    Planned Progam Improvements

    There are no significant changes to the admissions requirements, academic standards or curriculum planned for the upcoming year.

    Accreditation

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    The State of Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education has approved all current degree programs at Midwestern University, Glendale - Arizona Campus. All degrees are conferred under the authority granted by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and The Higher Learning Commision, A Commision of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 312/263-0456; www.ncacihe.org.

    Related Links

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    MWU Master of Biomedical Sciences Program in Downers Grove

    Biomedical Sciences as a Career

    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

    Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

    National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)


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