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Preparing for M.S. Program Admission

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General Admissions Requirements

  1. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation
  3. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.65 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) both overall and for their science course work
  4. Applicants must have completed one full academic year* or the equivalent in each of the following:

    English - 6 semester (9 quarter) hours.

    Biology - 8 semester (12 quarter) hours. Course work must include a laboratory and a basic course in general biology or general zoology.

    Physics - 8 semester (12 quarter) hours. Must include a laboratory and cover the study of mechanics, sound, heat, magnetism, electricity, and light.

    General or Inorganic Chemistry - 8 (12 quarter) semester hours. Must include a laboratory.

    Organic Chemistry - 8 semester (12 quarter) hours. Must include a laboratory and cover the study of aliphatic and benzene compounds.

    College Algebra or higher - 3 semester (5 quarter) hours

    *Exceptions on required courses may be considered on an individual basis.
  5. Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or Dental Admission Test (DAT). Examination must have occurred within 3 years of application to the Biomedical Sciences program.
  6. All applicants must submit a completed application for the Biomedical Sciences program along with a nonrefundable application fee. To complete the application process, official transcripts of all previous college work and two letters of reference must also be provided. Qualified applicants will be interviewed on-campus by members of the Graduate Program Committee as part of the final selection process. The Graduate Program Committee will screen all applications and will ultimately determine admission.

Transfer of College Credit

Depending on the student's previous preparation and degree plan, up to 8 semester credit hours of graduate work may be transferred toward the Biomedical Sciences degree, subject to approval by the Graduate Program Committee. Only those courses with a grade of B or higher can be transferred (this requirement may be waived for holders of the D.O. or M.D. degree). Auditing may be required of courses for which transferred credit is allowed. Extension and correspondence credit earned at other institutions will not be counted toward the Biomedical Sciences degree at KCOM. The institution does not award credit for portfolio-based experiential learning.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that official transcripts of courses are furnished to the Office of Admissions, and that graduate credit has been assigned by the other institution or institutions to the courses that are to be counted toward the Biomedical Sciences degree. The student must provide an appropriate catalog description and/or syllabus to the Registrar for these courses before transfer credit can be approved. All applications to transfer credit must be submitted before the first day of class in the Biomedical Sciences program. Such courses, although listed on the Biomedical Sciences degree plan, will not be counted toward the degree until official transcripts showing graduate credit have been received and the credit has been approved by the Graduate Program Committee.