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Below you will find some frequently asked questions about the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences program.
No, the MCAT is not required for admission to the program. Many students enter the program having never taken the MCAT. Others enter with a lower MCAT score, and improve their score while enrolled in the program; however, students who enter the program having already obtained the benchmark MCAT score are at a distinct advantage in that they can focus solely on course grades. Therefore, it is strongly advised that students at least attempt the MCAT prior to matriculation into the program.
The program does not contain an MCAT preparatory class; however, personalized advice for MCAT study is provided and class schedules are arranged to facilitate MCAT preparation.
Your most recent MCAT is the score that will be counted toward the benchmarks for the program. When the most recent MCAT does not meet the benchmark, but a previous MCAT does, consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis. Scores greater than 3 years old will not be considered.
What you are describing is known as a composite MCAT score and this does not count toward meeting the MCAT benchmark for the program.
While the MABS program is designed for students pursuing a career in medicine, students with interests in other health professions are encouraged to apply.
Yes, we routinely have students accepted at other medical schools.
The program is intense and will require your maximum effort to be successful; therefore, employment during the program is strongly discouraged.
An in-person interview is not required.
We cannot accept students with lower than a 3.0 overall or science GPA. The average GPA within the program is typically in the 3.2 range.
Yes, this is an absolute requirement and it includes any prerequisite classes taken during the summer in which you enter the program.
Total tuition for the MABS is $28,000.
Yes. Students will need to apply for federal financial aid and can be awarded grants and loans based upon their eligibility. Call BC Central at 276.326.4215 or email
No. Bluefield College does not have student housing on the VCOM campus; however, there are many apartment units within walking distance to campus and Blacksburg, being a college town, has an abundance of other housing options, as well.
The program is capped at 120 students per year.
We expect to receive over 400 applications for the current application cycle.
No. Students within the program are required to enroll in all classes and complete the program in a single academic year. One of the goals of the MABS is to mimic a medical school curriculum and this cannot be accomplished without carrying the full class load of the program.
No. All students take the program as a cohort and must begin in the fall semester.
No. It is currently only offered at the Virginia campus, but successful students may gain acceptance to the other VCOM campuses.
Students who meet the benchmarks in December will be offered a seat in the D.O. program at one VCOM campus based on the permanent address as given on the original application for the MABS program. Students accepted in the March or May reviews are not guaranteed a specific campus. See Acceptance to the D.O. Program for more information.
The application window for the 2018-'19 academic year is now closed. The next application period will open in October. For more information, call 540.231.8687 or email MABSadmissions@bluefield.edu.