MABS – Accepted Student Information

Now that you’ve been accepted into the MABS program, there are a few more steps to take toward becoming an official student. Here you’ll find important information and documents needed for matriculation.

Fall Course Calendar

The academic calendar for the school year can be found below.

On-Campus Academic Calendar
2022-23 Calendar Schedule

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts sent to PostBacCAS or AACOMAS are provided to Bluefield University/VCOM when an applicant applies. These transcripts may be accepted if all coursework the student has taken at that institution is completed as of application submission and confirmed on the transcript. Bluefield University/VCOM will verify that a transcript has been received for every institution listed on the application, that at least one baccalaureate degree has been awarded, and that all other degrees reported on the PostBacCAS or AACOMAS application are documented. If there is a question as to the authenticity of a transcript, an official transcript from the institution in question will be required to be sent directly to VCOM.

Any school the applicant is attending or will attend after application submission will require an official transcript to be sent directly from that institution to the Master of Arts program office. In this case, the transcripts sent to PostBacCAS or AACOMAS will NOT be accepted.

In the event that Bluefield University/VCOM does require a transcript directly from an institution, transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office of the school(s) attended directly to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program Office. Be sure to have the transcript addressed correctly. Unofficial transcripts or transcripts hand-carried by the student (even if in a sealed envelope) are not acceptable. Failure to submit official transcripts by deadlines provided (or to obtain authorized approval of an extension) may result in the offer of admission to Bluefield University/VCOM being rescinded and forfeiture of your tuition deposit.

If required, transcripts should be sent no later than July 1st, for online MABS students, and July 20th, for on-campus MABS students. Mail them directly to:

Bluefield University/VCOM
Master of Arts, Biomedical Sciences
1691 Innovation Dr
Suite 1100
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Required Textbooks

Click the links below for an overview of the booklist for the on-campus and/or online curriculum.

On-Campus     Online

Computer Requirements

All new or incoming students are required to have a laptop that is not greater than 3 years old and must meet or exceed the computer requirements listed below.

Due to the program curriculum and testing software we require, these minimum hardware requirements should be met to be successful.

Operating System Windows 10 OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher
RAM 8Gb or higher 8Gb or higher
Hard Disk 128GB (Solid State, SSD) or higher 128GB (Solid State, SSD) or higher
Processor Intel i5 or higher Intel i5 or higher
Network 802.11 AC or 802.11 N 802.11 AC or 802.11 N

Additional Highly Recommended Accessories:

  • 128GB+ External Hard Drive for file back up
  • Personal Printer
  • 4GB+ USB Memory stick
Technical Standards For Admission & Enrollment

Since success in the Bluefield University MABS program can lead to guaranteed acceptance into VCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program or other graduate-level professional programs, Bluefield University requires that applicants and students possess the same technical standards required of D.O. students. Applicants of the MABS program must meet VCOM’s Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment. All students must affirm by signature that he/she has read and meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is grounds for dismissal. The requirements to succeed in VCOM’s D.O. program are those necessary to successfully complete the medical school curriculum and to safely practice osteopathic medicine with full practice rights in the future.

View VCOM’s Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment in the D.O. Program. After reviewing the standards, please complete and submit the acceptance form.

Acceptance Form

Criminal Background Check

All incoming students are required to submit (directly to PreCheck) an application for a criminal background check. No other service will be accepted. A monetary fee (payable to PreCheck) must accompany the PreCheck application which is to be submitted by the tuition deposit date. Your offer of admission and continued enrollment is contingent upon acceptable results from your Pre-Check report. Bluefield University/VCOM reserves the right to put restrictions on or rescind an offer of admission based on information received on your background check. Also note that should any charge or arrest occur after acceptance, whether or not you were convicted, you are required to inform Bluefield University/VCOM immediately when it occurs. Failure to report such charges or arrests, whether guilty or not and/or failure to report immediately, within 24 hours, can result in your offer of admission being rescinded. Upon review of the charge, Bluefield University/VCOM reserves the right to rescind the offer of admission prior to matriculation.

  • Start background check at the time of deposit.
  • Visit the PreCheck website to begin the background check
  • Enter the school name as Bluefield University on the PreCheck website. Select Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences as the program and “Background Check” under Services.

If you need assistance, please contact PreCheck at [email protected]

Health & Immunization Forms

Health and immunization forms are due to the Master of Arts, Biomedical Sciences Program Office no later than July 1st, for online MABS students and July 16th, for on-campus MABS students. All forms must be signed by your health care provider and must include copies of all vaccination records and lab results/reports.

You can email Sheila Ballard if you have any questions.

Fax: 540-231-2475
Phone: 540-231-8687

Health Insurance

All students at Bluefield University/VCOM are required to obtain and maintain health insurance. Student coverage must be in effect no later than the start of the program. Review the health insurance requirements below. Complete and submit the Proof of Coverage Form no later than July 1st, for online MABS students, and July 16th, for on-campus students.


Housing Options

On-campus housing is not available at the Blacksburg campus. Many off-campus housing developments are available a short distance from the campus. Bluefield University/VCOM does not provide recommendations on specific developments or locations and cannot provide roommate coordination or availability. The list provided is not all-inclusive or exhaustive of local area options.

Local Housing Options

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

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Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor

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