College of Medical Sciences

The mission of the College of Medical Sciences is to train students in the basic medical sciences and to prepare them for careers in health care and higher education.

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The College of Medical Sciences, a part of the Health Professions Division, offers a Master of Biomedical Science degree. This degree program is primarily for individuals seeking careers in Health Care and Higher Education.

The College of Medical Sciences also provides much of the basic science faculty for the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Health Care Sciences, Nursing, and Dental Medicine. Within this cooperative atmosphere, foundation courses are offered in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

One of the goals of the College of Medical Sciences is to equip all students with the basic scientific training they will need to ensure their success within the Health Professions Division as well as later during their careers as health care providers.

Mission Statement

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Master of Biomedical Sciences

The Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.) is a program for students to demonstrate that they can be successful in either the Nova Southeastern University's osteopathic medical or dental programs. Students are trained in human biology and medicine to improve their academic credentials in order to be considered for admission to our professional schools. Those enrolled in this program take basic science courses, along with dental and osteopathic medicine students. Courses offered include gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pathology and pharmacology.

Students who have successfully completed one year in this program will be considered for admission into the College of Dental Medicine or the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, pending a completed application to the respective program. M.B.S. students who have successfully finished two years of this program will receive the master's degree and then will be considered for admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine or College of Dental Medicine after completing an application to the professional program.

The Master of Biomedical Sciences degree program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Master's Program

Admission Requirements

Many criteria, in addition to academic credentials, play a role in the admissions process to professional schools. While the biomedical science program does provide an opportunity for the student to demonstrate academic capability, it does not ensure admission to any professional school. Admission to the graduate program or completion of courses will not guarantee admission to any other program of Nova Southeastern University.

Upon receipt of the completed application and required credentials, the committee on admissions will select those applicants to be interviewed. All applicants who are eventually accepted into the program must be interviewed. An invitation to appear for an interview should not be construed by the applicant as evidence of acceptance.

The dean of the College of Medical Sciences is empowered to evaluate the total qualifications of every student and to modify requirements in unusual circumstances.

The admission process to the graduate program in biomedical sciences is not related in any way to the admission process of any other program at Nova Southeastern University. Applications will be accepted starting January 1, and the deadline is April 15 of the year of matriculation.

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The College of Medical Sciences is staffed with 32 faculty members, most of whom possess doctoral degrees in their fields. Because of the small size of the program, there is an opportunity for small group instruction and for a close working relationship with an adviser and other members of the science faculty.

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Here are some questions and answers to help you in your search.

Q: When can I apply to the program?

A: Applications are accepted starting January 1, and end April 1. Interviews for this program begin in March, therefore it is in the applicant’s best interest to apply before the April 15th deadline.

Q: Can any other test substitute for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admissions Test (DAT)?

A: No. You must take either the MCAT or DAT. No other test scores are acceptable. These scores may not be more than three years old. If you originally applied to NSU through American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) or Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) we will be able to view your test scores on your service application. If you have not applied to either of these services, applicants can send their unofficial scores to NSU with their verification code or DENTPIN.

Q: I have some courses in progress and these courses will be completed after the application deadline. Can I still apply?

A: You can still apply and you will be considered with courses in progress, even if your degree has yet to be conferred. We strongly recommend that you should have most of the pre-requisite courses successfully completed by the April 15th deadline.

Q: What if I get accepted while the courses are in progress?

A: Your acceptance is provisional and is contingent upon your successful passing with a grade of “C” of higher in each pre-requisite course and laboratory.