M.A. in Biomedical Sciences Admission Requirements 

Applicants for admission must meet the following requirements prior to entry into the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences program.

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. The following undergraduate courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation:
    • Biological Sciences – One year with laboratory
    • Physics – One year
    • General or Inorganic Chemistry – One year
    • Organic Chemistry – One year
    • English – One year
      (Laboratories for Physics, General or Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry are strongly encouraged for all applicants.)
  3. Minimum GPA required:
    • Overall GPA of 3.0
    • Science GPA of 3.0
  4. While the MCAT is required to obtain admission to medical school, it is not required for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences program; however, students who enter the program having already obtained an MCAT score of 496 or higher have an advantage in that they have already met the MCAT component of the benchmarks and can therefore focus solely on their coursework.
  5. All students are required to meet the Bluefield College Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment found in the MABS Student Handbook.

Note: Many criteria beyond GPA play a role in the admissions process to this program, and acceptance into the program is competitive. While the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences program provides an opportunity for the student to demonstrate improved academic capability, it does not assure admission to a professional school.

Benchmarks & Acceptance to VCOM

Meeting the benchmarks in the master’s program can provide acceptance into the VCOM D.O. program on one of the four VCOM campuses, unlike similar programs that only provide an interview. The MABS can also eliminate the lag or glide year that is mandatory in most other programs.

Benchmark for VCOM Admissions

GPA MCAT MABS to D.O. Interview Committee
3.75-4.0 496 or above Positive evaluation
3.6-3.74 498 or above Positive evaluation

The evaluation by the MABS to D.O. Interview Committee will require a short interview with the committee to evaluate the applicant’s professionalism and fitness for VCOM.  Input from program faculty, staff, and administration will also play a role in the committee’s evaluation. Benchmarks will be reviewed in December, March, and May. Students accepted from the December review will be offered a seat at one of the VCOM campuses for the following academic year, thereby eliminating the lag or glide year involved in other similar programs.

The December review is for students who achieve a benchmark GPA and MCAT, and who have a positive recommendation by the MABS to D.O. Interview Committee. The committee meets after the Fall Semester and provides a recommendation as to acceptance of the student. The MABS to D.O. Interview Committee is composed of selected MABS faculty plus administrators from each of the VCOM campuses.

The March review is for students who achieved a 3.6 or higher in the Fall Semester but did not have a benchmark MCAT score. By taking the January MCAT, such students could become eligible for the March review. All seats in the D.O. program are filled by March; therefore, students accepted in the March review are placed on the waitlist at one of the VCOM campuses. In the event that such a student does not matriculate from the waiting list for the following August, they will be offered a seat in the subsequent D.O. class. It should be noted that all acceptances from the December or March reviews are provisional and contingent upon successfully completing the program and maintaining a 3.60 GPA and a positive MABS to D.O. Interview Committee evaluation in the spring semester.

The final review is conducted at the end of the program in May for those students who did not meet earlier benchmarks. All seats in the D.O. program are filled by May; therefore, students accepted via the May benchmarks are placed on the waitlist at one of the VCOM campuses with a guaranteed admission the following year in the event that they do not matriculate from the waitlist.

Ready To Apply?

Applications for the 2021-2022 class are now being accepted. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2021. For more information, call 540.231.8687 or email MABSadmissions@bluefield.edu.