Program Overview

Bluefield College offers a one-year master of arts degree in biomedical sciences on the VCOM Virginia campus.

The program curriculum will emphasize the biomedical sciences with a strong emphasis on human medicine and clinical applications. Its purpose is to enhance academics to gain acceptance into a medical school or other healthcare program through a nine-month, 35-credit hour, face-to-face delivery with an emphasis on biomedical coursework, research experience, field study, as well as seminars in professional development. One of the most important features of the MABS program is that it allows successful students who meet all benchmarks to earn preferred acceptance into the VCOM D.O. program. Benchmarks encompass academic and MCAT performance, professional behaviors, and a positive review by the MABS to DO Interview Committee. The Appalachian College of Pharmacy also provides preferred acceptance to MABS program graduates.

Due to COVID-19, the MABS class commencing on July 27 will open with a blended curriculum delivery. The bulk of the curriculum will consist of recorded lectures in the form of voice-over PowerPoints that will be posted online. However, mandatory anatomy laboratories, and potentially other class activities, will be live within the classroom. All classroom activities will take place in accordance with COVID-19 precautions as dictated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Once commonwealth guidelines for classrooms allow, the MABS program will revert to its usual mode of a curriculum delivery of live lectures; at that time, online lectures will no longer be posted.

The M.A. in Biomedical Sciences program supports the mission of Bluefield College by attracting individuals from rural areas, low socioeconomic status backgrounds, and underrepresented minorities, although acceptance is not limited to individuals from these groups. Tuition for the program is $28,000. For more information, call 540.231.8687 or email .

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Please note: Applications for the 2021-2022 class are now being accepted. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2021. For more information, please contact the Admissions Coordinator at  .


Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Degree


Approval and Accreditation

Bluefield College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees.

A Word From the Faculty

This program provides us the opportunity to teach future physicians and healthcare providers the importance of God’s healing power and how to incorporate spirituality into the healing process. It also provides us the opportunity to impart upon future teachers and academicians scientific and medical curriculum from a Christian worldview.

Emily Lambert, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biology