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The MSBS program is a 9-month (30 semester hours) degree program designed to prepare students to enter professional education and/or advanced degree programs in the biomedical disciplines. The MSBS program aims to enhance the student’s academic record and competitiveness of his or her candidacy for a professional or graduate degree. At the completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Foundational Concepts Mastery: Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes of central concepts in the biomedical sciences necessary for entry into a health-related discipline or practice.
  • Foundational Concepts Application: Develop an understanding of the underlying principles of health and disease and apply those principles to clinical scenarios.
  • Scientific Method Application: Apply the scientific method and principles of evidence-based medicine to approach biological and health-related issues.
  • Reasoning and Problem-solving: Practice critical reasoning and problem-solving skills relevant to health-related disciplines.
  • Communication Skills: Exhibit effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-directed Learning: Demonstrate a skill set required for learning and generating material autonomously and develop study skills consistent with a culture of inquiry.
  • Professionalism: Display core values of compassion, integrity, collegiality, cultural competency, attitude of service, professionalism, and motivation in interactions with peers, staff, faculty, and community.

The MSBS program incorporates individualized counseling that supports acceptance into a doctoral or other health-related professional training program along with academic advising geared toward a successful transition to other graduate degree programs or careers in the biomedical sciences.

Graduates of the MSBS program will possess a strong foundation in biomedical sciences, with a specific focus on the application of these sciences to health professions. This program will afford students interdisciplinary academic training in biomedical sciences. The curriculum is designed to enhance the likelihood of academic success in a variety of graduate or professional school curricula. The primary goal of the RVU program is for students to matriculate into a graduate professional health or biomedical sciences degree program, although support is offered to students who decide to pursue other career tracks.


The University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without advanced notice. Learn more about the tuition payment schedule, individual health insurance status, and the tuition refund process.

The Office of Admissions processes thousands of applications for admissions each year. Learn more about requirements for admissions including residency status, minimum prerequisite course work, and GPA requirements.

The design of the applications-based systems curriculum is based on successful integrated academic models for the first two years of the curriculum.


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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