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Rocky Vista University (RVU) has the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) which is a post-baccalaureate program that provides students with interdisciplinary academic coursework, designed to strengthen their qualifications and candidacy for medical, veterinary, dental, physician assistant, or other professional schools. The program encompasses 30 credit hours in a 9-month academic year.

The MSBS is a 9-month (30 semester hours) degree program designed to strengthen the academic background of qualified applicants who are seeking acceptance into graduate health programs, such as medical, veterinary, dental, physician assistant, or other professional programs. The MSBS currently offers a core curriculum in Biomedical Sciences designed to prepare students to enter professional education and/or advanced degree programs in the biomedical disciplines. The MSBS aims at enhancing the student’s academic record and competitiveness of his or her candidacy for a professional or graduate degree.


  • To train graduate students in the principles and experimental methodologies of biomedical sciences as they relate to health and disease.
  • To ensure graduates develop the requisite critical thinking skills and knowledge to satisfy a goal of entry into professional education and/or advanced degrees in the discipline.
  • To aid students in attaining their placement and/or admittance goals into health-related professional education and/or advanced degrees in the biomedical disciplines.

Unique Features

  • The majority of courses are taught by the medical school faculty (PhDs, DOs, MDs, and PharmDs)
  • Case studies are widely integrated into the curriculum
  • The program integrates service learning into each semester
  • Exams are in block testing format to prepare students for long exams, such as the MCAT and board exams
  • The program incorporates simulation experiences each semester with medical students and standardized patients

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Adriana Perez
MSBS Class of 2019
Hometown: Carbondale, Colorado
Are you glad you chose the RVU MSBS Program and why?
I am very privileged to be able to be a part of the MSBS program. This program has not only prepared me academically,  but it has also helped me develop stronger study habits, become a better learner and really develop strong time management skills.

What do you like most about RVU MSBS Program?
My favorite thing about RVU are the professors because they are so passionate, so caring, so enthusiastic about their field, and are always available to help. Their energy and passion make going to class fun!

How is the RVU MSBS Program helping you reach your future goals?
The MSBS program has helped me learn how to be a better test-taker, which has always been one of my biggest weaknesses. I have always struggled with doing well on standardized tests like the ACT or the MCAT. This program has helped me identify specific weaknesses in this area and find different strategies to address those weaknesses.

What are your plans after completing the RVU MSBS Program?
I plan on starting medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the fall.

What advice do you have for incoming MSBS students?
This program will be very challenging, and there will be times in which you doubt yourself or your abilities to get through it. As the program continues, you will see how important the information that you are learning is, and how this program is truly setting you up for a successful healthcare career. The professors and staff here truly care about each and every student, so don’t ever be afraid to ask for help!

How is the fact that the MSBS Program is affiliated with a medical school influenced your education?
This affiliation has provided the space for me to interact with medical students in many different ways. Medical students are always willing to answer questions about RVU, medical school in general, and OPP. Our tutors are also medical students, and they go above and beyond to help us understand the material and to support us through this program in any way that they can.

What is your favorite class currently and why?
My favorite class is the Molecular Basis of Medicine course because we are always being encouraged to think outside the box and challenge what we think we know as students/scientists.

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