If your passion is the life sciences, particularly its practical application in health
care or in research, a foundation in biomedical sciences offers a wide career path.
Scientists in the biomedical field are frontrunners in today's sophisticated and increasingly
skilled medical and research arenas. They conduct research in labs and hospitals supporting
the work of medical staff and clinicians. They also work in forensics, public health
and in the bioscience educational, legal or management sectors. With a solid foundation
in biomedical sciences, graduates can also continue their education and pursue careers
as physicians, physician assistants, public health professionals, pharmacists, dentists,
veterinarians, optometrists and other health specialists.
At PCOM, students choose to earn graduate degrees with concentrations in the growing fields of biomedical study or continue in a number of different health professions. The curriculum offers interdisciplinary
coursework with a strong emphasis on human medicine and clinical applications. PCOM
faculty members are dedicated professionals and a medical school environment offers
a rich and inspired learning environment.
Creating and discovering new scientific applications and solving medical and forensic mysteries is profound and the prospects are endless. Learn more about
our program offerings below.
Foundation Year – The first year of the program emphasizes biomedical concepts and is more generally
designed for those who are preparing to continue their education in medical school
or other health professions programs. Courses are similar in subject matter to the
first-year courses in professional degree programs. Students who complete the curriculum
benefit from instruction that they will be able to use as they enter a career or further
their education in a professional school. The foundation courses provide a strong
base of biomedical lecture and laboratory work designed for the working student as
a full-time evening course schedule. The program represents a broad content base in
the basic biomedical sciences with a strong emphasis on human medicine and clinical
applications of the material. Upon completion of the first year of study, the certificate
of graduate study is awarded. Students enter as MS degree candidates and may progress
to one of three second-year degree concentrations: Biomedical Research, Forensic Biology
or Organizational Leadership in the Biosciences.
MS in Biomedical Sciences with concentration in Biomedical Research – Earning a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a Concentration
in Biomedical Research provides students with skills in scientific method, research
design, methodology, writing and presentation that can be used in industry, clinical
environments and teaching. In addition, some students consider this concentration
as preparation for a future professional or doctoral program application. Those in
the research concentration conduct original research supervised by a PCOM faculty
member whom they choose as an advisor.
MS in Biomedical Sciences with Concentration in Forensic Biology – Individuals selecting to earn their Master of Science Degree with a Concentration
in Forensic Biology will gain an understanding of the analytical tools used in forensics.
Graduates find opportunities in investigation and examination positions in a variety
of industries. The forensics concentration offers foundation in the theory, concepts
and principles of forensic medicine, the medico-legal and technical aspects of death
scene investigations and clinical pathology skills. Those pursuing a Concentration
in Forensic Biology will complete 24 additional credit hours of graduate coursework
in the respective discipline.
MS in Biomedical Sciences with Concentration in Organizational Leadership in the Biosciences – A Concentration in Organizational Leadership in the Biosciences opens doors to
management and leadership opportunities within major corporations, hospitals or medical
facilities. With additional courses in organizational development and leadership,
behavioral interviewing and team dynamics, and small and large system diagnosis and
change theory, students gain the necessary skills to improve organizational and human
effectiveness and become strong leaders. Those choosing the Concentration in Organizational
Leadership in the Biosciences will complete 24 additional credit hours to graduate.