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Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Biomedical Sciences at Regis

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences nine month degree program is designed to provide record enhancing post-bacc studies for students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare fields such as medicine (DO, MD, PA) and dentistry. The program provides a team-focused, academically intensive and supportive environment in which to prove readiness for future study. It includes a hands-on externship component in the Denver healthcare community, culminating in an integrative capstone project.

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M.S. in Biomedical Sciences

Degree Overview

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program in Regis College is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and basic undergraduate science coursework and seek to enter a graduate program in the health sciences or health research (e.g., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, biomedical research).

Program Benefits

  • Less than one year to a full MS degree
  • Hands-on experience through a carefully chosen Denver community externship
  • Excellent career and application advising, 1/8 student to advisor ratio
  • Targeted, integrated curriculum
  • Small class size (24 students max) ensures individualized attention from faculty
  • Jesuit foundational philosophy based on cura personalis, care for the whole person
  • Cooperative, intensive, professional atmosphere
  • Amazing location - a beautiful campus with a classic academic feel located between vibrant urban Denver and the mountains

Learning Formats

This 9-month intensive Program includes both day (afternoon) and evening courses.  Courses are scheduled to allow students larger blocks of time for studying, completing an externship, or volunteering.  Given the time demands of this program and its required externship (10-15 hours per week), it is highly recommended that students not be employed for more than 10hours per week.  Dedicated graduate courses are classroom or laboratory based and no larger than 24 students.  Courses are closely coordinated and include cross-course team-based learning. The externship course during spring semester is a guided academic externship in a health, biotechnology-research, or biomedical research setting that, along with the final Biomedical Seminar, requires completion of a written final research project and short presentation.  The final program seminar includes a program cumulative examination.

Seminar Series

The sequential seminar series serves as the means by which students can better determine where they wish to go in the future and how best they can get there. An initial seminar experience in August before the beginning of the natural science curriculum serves to both orient students to and focus students on the coming demands of the program and help students begin to develop a focused career plan. The remaining three seminars continue this work as well as helping students pull their program work together into their final project. The seminar series of courses also includes student attendance at a speaker series including members of the biomedical health care community and biomedical researchers.

Academic Externship

The guided academic externship ensures that students put their education into the larger context of a biomedical field, gain valuable real-world experience, and improve their likelihood of admittance into a graduate health or research program. The value of such experiences for admission to graduate programs has increased dramatically in the last few years. Learn more by viewing our externship FAQs and examples.

Progressive Learning Experience

Progressive educational methods such as Problem and Team-Based Learning techniques encourage students to make the most of their intensive time at Regis and truly feel that they are part of a goal-oriented team, rather than just a number. Our small class size also ensures that students feel connected with their colleagues and professors and build relationships that extend beyond the coursework.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

BL 610A Biomedical Sciences Seminar I (1.00)

Explores the range of biomedical careers and develops student skills to facilitate success in their biomedical education. Pass/No Pass Grading only.

BL 610B Biomed Sciences Seminar II (2.00)

Develops student analytical skills in using contemporary biomedical literature and introduces the range of contemporary biological and biomedical research. Guides and coordinates initial externship and Master's project work.

BL 610C Biomed Sciences Seminar III (1.00)

Reinforces and develops student understanding of the interconnections between the material covered in the first semester's courses. Introduces biostatistics in the context of biomedical studies and continues work on the program-cumulative project.

BL 610D Biomed Sciences Seminar IV (1.00)

Involves construction and completion of a draft and final written Biomedical Master?s Project conforming to program requirements.

BL 613A Biomed Human Anat Lab/Sem I (2.00)

Develops student knowledge of normal human gross anatomy via anatomical models, human skeletal materials, and cadaver examination.

BL 613B Biomed Human Anat Lab/Sem II (2.00)

Develops student knowledge of normal human gross anatomy via anatomical models, human skeletal materials, and histological slides.

BL 614 Biomedical Genetics (3.00)

Develops student knowledge of molecular genetics and human genetics. Introduces biomedical ethical controversies with roots in genetics and molecular biology.

BL 616 Biomedical Biochemistry (3.00)

Develops student understanding of biochemical principles particularly as related to human metabolic processes. Focuses on protein structure and function and includes basic cell biology.

BL 618 Biomedical Human Physiology (4.00)

Develops student knowledge of normal human physiology at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. Includes some pathophysiology.

BL 619 Biomedical Human Physiology Laboratory (1.00)

Develops student knowledge of normal human physiology via electrophysiological measurement.

BL 620 Biomedical Microbiology (3.00)

Develops student knowledge of microbiological principles, pathogenic microorganisms, infectious diseases, microbial metabolism, and classes and actions of antimicrobial drugs.

BL 621 Biomed Microbio/Immuno Lab (1.00)

Develops student knowledge of microbiological laboratory techniques commonly used in biomedical research and laboratory diagnosis.

BL 622 Biomedical Epidemiology Seminar (1.00)

Develops student knowledge of the basic principles of epidemiology and focuses on epidemiologic literature coordinating with other concurrent-course content.

BL 624 Biomedical Immunology (3.00)

Develops student knowledge of immunological principles, immunopathology, immunization and classes and actions of immunologically active drugs.

BL 626 Biomedical Ethics Seminar (2.00)

Develops student knowledge of biomedical ethical issues and student ability to respond to those issues. Will include discussion of ethical issues relevant to the enrolled student's academic externship experiences and Masters projects.

BL 628 Biomedical Externship (2.00)

Faculty-directed academic experience in a biomedical research, biotechnology research, or clinical environment. Focuses on linking the experience to biomedical academic content and the student's Master's Project, highlighting any ethical issues raised by the experience.

How to Apply

Take the next step in receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists and what to do after you've been accepted.

Application Timeline – We practice rolling admissions, so apply early for the best advantage! Please see our FAQ for more information.

  • January 15th - Application Cycle Opens
  • May 1st - Best Chances Deadline - beat the crowd
  • May 31st – First Class List Deadline - avoid the waiting list
  • July 15th – Last Chance Deadline - application cycle closes

The program begins once a year in the third week of August.

Program Expenses & Employment

Financial Considerations

The post-bac experience is an investment in your future. It is important to plan for this investment financially as well as academically. Students are encouraged to contact our Office of Financial Aid for more information about financial aid and financing options. You will need to fill out a FAFSA form to apply for financial aid. Adina Chavez is our graduate financial aid counselor. You may email her with financial aid related questions. 

Tuition and Other Costs

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year includes all laboratory and university fees (tuition is $765 per semester hour and the program is a total of 32 semester hours), but does not include textbooks and a few smaller administrative and transportation costs that are related to your externship. We recommend that students plan for another $1000-1500 to cover these costs. In addition you will need to think about your cost of living expenses and health insurance, which is also required during your enrollment in the program. 

Living Expenses

Students are encouraged to budget in advance for their cost of living for the academic year. Graduate student housing is not available on the campus itself, but there are many options in the surrounding area. Denver is a large metro area and therefore costs can vary quite a bit from relatively reasonable shared accommodations to luxurious individual housing. Parking on campus is free and students can expect to easily find parking within a ten minute walk to their classes and other activities. Meal plans can be purchased through the university’s food services and there are basic kitchen facilities (fridge, microwave, sink) available for the storage and heating of brown bag meals. 

Employment

The MS in Biomedical Sciences is an intensive full-time academic commitment. It is possible to work part-time while completing the program; however, we recommend working no more than about 15 hours per week and work hours must be scheduled around coursework activities. The best employment is extremely flexible, related to your goals and allows you to meet the demands of the academic program. 

Application Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline? How long is your turnaround time?

Admissions are rolling, so applying early has a distinct advantage. May 1st is the deadline for full consideration. However, additional new applications will continue to be considered until the start of the program in August. Students applying after May 1st will have a higher chance of being waitlisted or declined. Turnaround time is variable, but generally students can expect to receive an indication of acceptance status (accept, decline or waitlist) between 3 and 6 weeks from application completion.

May I submit updated or corrected materials for my file?

Yes. The online application system does not allow an applicant to revise or add to submitted applications. We will gladly accept relevant corrections or updates (additional transcripts, new MCAT scores, letters of recommendation) to your file by emailing them to our team. Please note on your application if you plan to take an admissions exam at a later date.

Do I have to take a graduate level exam like the GRE or the MCAT?

An exam score is required for admission and we do not grant exceptions to this rule. You have a choice of exams (GRE, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, VAT) depending on your interests. We recommend MCAT scores above 25 and DAT above 15 for competitive applicants (although we look at each applicant's total profile). To submit an MCAT score to us, print the score page with the security code and AAMC ID#, and then e-mail that information to the Regis Biomedical Science Program (with the unofficial score) so that we may directly view your score from AAMC. If you have not yet taken a standardized exam we recommend completing the general GRE (biology specific not required) for this program and wait to take the specific professional-school-required exam until you are prepared.

My GPA is below 3.0; will my application be considered?

Yes, we will consider applications that are close to 3.0, particularly if there has been significant recent improvement. If your GPA is less than a 3.0, please offer a brief explanation and strategy for improvement in your personal statement. We may also extend probationary or deferred conditional admittance. GPAs, cumulative or science, of under 2.7 are not considered competitive in our application pool. Please see our more detailed advice for students with lower GPAs.

Do I need to submit a resume?

Resume submission is an optional part of our application. While our application shell has a resume tab, the application itself is not set up to receive them. If it will help our admissions committee to have a better understanding of your background, you may submit your resume via email. Even if a resume is sent, please fill out the work/experience section of the application completely.

Are there interviews for admission?

We do selectively conduct candidate interviews either on the phone or in person with faculty members. Students will be contacted by the program coordinator for scheduling, if needed.

Could test scores (e.g., GRE, MCAT, or DAT) be sent in after the rest of the application?

At least one national exam score must be submitted before your application will be considered. We also anticipate that some students may only be taking their first MCAT, DAT, or other health-graduate-program test after May 1. As stated above, we recommend the GRE for these students. Please do not rush to take the MCAT, DAT, or other health-graduate-program test before you are ready.

Is there an exam (MCAT, DAT, GRE) preparation component to your program?

Yes, exam planning is part of our advising services. Because each student in our program has different needs, we work with them individually to develop an exam timeline and study plan. (Extra costs may apply if intensive study is necessary).

My letters of recommendation are included in a packet that my premed advisor or a letter service like Interfolio keeps. Is it acceptable to send in the packet? Will that count as 3 separate letters?

Yes. If you already have a medical school application (or dental school or other school application) assembled, please use as much of it as possible when applying to our program. We do require three separate letters either submitted separately or by the pre-med/health advisor. We do not accept a single composite committee letter, unless it contains direct quotations from individuals. Please indicate the names of the individual letter writers if sent via a pre-med/health advisor.

I have been out of school for a few years. Do I still need a letter from a professor? Would a letter from my current employer substitute for the letter from a professor?

At least one letter from an undergraduate natural science or mathematics professor is required for admission into medical, dental, or most other similar programs and therefore is also required for our program. A letter from current employer or volunteer supervisor is acceptable as one of the other two letters. If your goal is future employment in the biomedical industry, rather than continued education, please contact the program coordinator for consideration of a waiver for this requirement.

What is your mailing address?

Regis University 
3333 Regis Boulevard G-9
Denver, CO 80221

Since you are located in Colorado and are a Jesuit institution, do you give preference to Colorado or Catholic students?

Regis is a private, Catholic based institution, but we do not give preference to Colorado students and we are very open to students of all religious (or not) backgrounds and practices. Jesuit values are at our foundation and they dovetail nicely with the goals of healthcare education, but Catholic beliefs or practices are in no way an expectation of our students.

Do you rank your waiting list and may I contact you with updates after I'm on the waiting list?

We do not do a waiting list ranking. We try to have a balanced and diverse class and so students are selected from the waiting list in context of the profile of the current class of accepted students. Yes, please do contact us with updates and statements of continued interest while you are on the waiting list. E-mail is preferred for these communications. We expect to accept a good portion (at least half) of our waiting list which we maintain at roughly the size of the incoming class. We understand that it is difficult to be in limbo and try to minimize the time that students spend on the list. If you are on our list, we thank you for your patience.

What if I need to withdraw my application or decline my acceptance?

Please contact the program coordinator as soon as possible. If you must decline your acceptance, we regret to see you go, but we will understand and doing so as soon as possible makes it much easier on the person from the waiting list who is the recipient of your spot. Application fees and paid deposits are non-refundable.

If I am a re-applicant, do I need to re-submit the entire application packet?

Please re-submit the entire online application, including the fee and alert the admissions staff that you are re-applying. The essay should be written as a "continuing story" and update us as to activities since the last application cycle. Letters of reference, transcripts that have not changed and exam scores may be drawn from our files and therefore do not need to be resubmitted if they are less than 3 years old.

What is the best timing for my medical, dental or other school application?

Students are strongly encouraged to apply in June of the summer either before the Biomed MS program starts or after the program's conclusion. This timing allows for the benefits of applying early and also gives the opportunity to complete the secondary applications outside of the rigorous MS coursework window. Excused absences are given for interviews. All students are given many individual and group advising opportunities throughout the year. Being a part of a focused and supportive community while going through the complex graduate admissions process is extremely helpful.

Does the program application have minimum exam scores? What is a competitive exam score?

Our admissions process follows holistic practices and we do not have a solid cutoff point for exam scores. Generally speaking, MCAT scores under a 20 (or with any section that is under a 6), GRE scores (either section) under the 45% mark and DAT scores below an average of 16 are not as competitive; however, these are guidelines and occasionally exceptions are made.

As exam scores are only one of many variables that the admissions committee will consider, a higher than average score also does not guarantee admission. When giving your exam score on the application, please report your score for all sections.

Program Related Frequently Asked Questions

I have a conditional acceptance from an MD, DO or DDS program that requires I complete a post-bacc program like yours. Do I need to include any additional information?

If you are holding a conditional acceptance for another graduate program, please email our team a copy of your conditional acceptance letter. We require that you fill out our complete application. You may reuse your essay and letters of recommendation. The letters must still be received from your recommenders, a letter service or a university office.

Are the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences courses separate from undergraduate and other graduate program classes?

Yes, the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences students take classes only with the 20-24 other students in the program. None of the courses are cross listed or will enroll students outside the program. The curriculum is coordinated among courses and tailored specifically to this program's students' needs.

Are your classes targeted towards the applicants to one type of graduate program?

No, although the greatest number of students will have interests in medicine or dentistry. Students who are undecided as to a further educational program, or who desire to earn our MS as more direct preparation for a career like clinical research or the biotech industry are also welcome. Please indicate your goals for the program in your essay.

What percentage of your students get into medical school?

Our program is new and very small so, due to potential confidentiality issues and lack of data, we do not currently give out our medical school application statistics. We are confident that we provide students with excellent opportunities and resources, but ultimately, as with many things in life, success in this program relies heavily on individual student effort and commitment.

What is the cost of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program?

The one-year Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences tuition cost is about $24,500 for the 2013-2014 academic year. There are no special/separate fees beyond tuition, however, this amount does not include books or administrative costs like the background check and certifications (about $100). As a private institution, Regis does not have a variable tuition rate based on state residency. Financial aid is sometimes available; students should contact the financial aid office for more information.

Could I work while I am a student in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program?

We recommend students work no more than 10 hours per week (preferably on the weekend), and absolutely no more than 15 hours per week. The one-year Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is full time and designed to be academically intense in a manner similar to medical and dental schools. In addition, students need to take their externship and volunteer responsibilities seriously. Thus we very strongly recommend that students keep their outside commitments to a minimum.

Do you accept nontraditional students?

Yes, nontraditional students are encouraged to apply and considered equally in our applicant pool with all other students. Life experience is valuable and is taken into account in the application profile, but it is not a substitution for good past academic performance.

Do you accept applications from international students?

Yes, however, it is important that international students have a Bachelors level degree from an institution in the United States, an excellent grasp of English and clearly provide a realistic plan of continuation beyond our program. Please see our International Applicants tab on our admissions page for more information.

Are there any TA, assistantship or other paid positions available within the scope of the program?

No, while many longer, research based MS and Ph.D. programs will offer these types of positions, it is not typical for a one year post-bacc program to have them.

When would I be able to participate in my externship? And how will courses be scheduled?

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences course offerings are designed to leave all mornings before lunch and one full day completely free to facilitate externship/volunteer activities, to schedule interviews and prepare applications, and of course to do the studying necessary to do well in the program. In Fall 2011, for example, students had Tuesday free in addition to all mornings until 12:30 p.m.

Do you have a January program start date?

No, our program only starts at one point during the year, the 3rd week of August.

If I get my MS through your program, will I get into Medical or Dental school or get that dream job?

It is important to have realistic expectations. We have built this program to provide a strong direction, structure and springboard for students to pursue their goals, but like most graduate programs, we cannot guarantee admission or employment after graduation. However, that said, we feel students' chances of success are certainly enhanced by working hard, and dedicating an academic year to following our program and advice.

What if I achieve my goal and am accepted into my next step program during the fall semester? Do I still need to complete the entire program?

Most medical, dental or other programs will grant their acceptance with the understanding that a student is in an MS program and will want to see the degree completed before matriculation into their program. They will also want to receive semester and final grades. Demonstrating follow-through on commitments, especially in graduate level academics, is important. Special circumstances may alter this expectation, such as for students who receive an acceptance for a program with a January start.

What if I am undecided as to my career goal?

We welcome undecided students and feel that our program is an excellent way to gain academic and real-world experience that can help to solidify career direction. Career advising is readily available and encouraged.

Can I just take one or two of your classes and not enroll in the whole program? Can I take your classes as a Regis undergraduate or CPS student?

The MS courses can only be taken as a part of the MS degree program and the coursework is not open to additional students. We also do not accept transfer credits.

Visit Regis

Information Sessions

Information sessions are an excellent way to meet program faculty, students and staff and to learn more about the MS in biomedical sciences postbac program. They are held on select Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. in the Biology Department suite, Pomponio Science Hall, Room 215. RSVPs to biomedms@regis.edu are encouraged but not required.

Upcoming Dates

  • November 23, 2013
  • January 25, 2014
  • February 8, 2014
  • February 22, 2014
  • March 15, 2014
  • April 12, 2014
  • April 26, 2014

Campus Visits

Campus visits and/or transcript evaluations may be scheduled by contacting the Regis University Office of Admission. Please email Biomedms@regis.edu.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Our seminar series speakers range widely and highlight a variety of research topics. If you are interested in attending the Biological Sciences Monday Evening Seminar Series as a prospective student, please request a schedule by email at Biomedms@regis.edu.