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PSM Degree in Biomedical Sciences

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PSM Degree in Biomedical Sciences/Degree Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE PSM DEGREE IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

The Professional Science Master of Biomedical Sciences degree is a rigorous one-year academic program. This master's degree requires 45-credit hours of course work and successful completion of the written and oral defense of a capstone project.

COURSE WORK

This master's degree requires 45-credit hours of classes and a capstone course and project. The curriculum includes 23 credit hours of required core courses and 22 credit hours of program-focused elective courses. The program director will meet individually with students to create and approve an individual plan of study. In collaboration with the director, students will select from a list of suggested elective courses. Courses outside of this list can be taken with approval of the director.

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE AND DEFENSE

The capstone experience will include a program-specific, professional course, a project, and a scholarly presentation of that project. The capstone course, Advanced Applications in Sciences and Math in Biomedical Sciences, will incorporate lectures, guest speakers, and class discussions focusing on current biomedical and healthcare issues or concerns. In preparation for this course and their project, students will work with the program director and representative(s) from allied health professions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, or private and public health services to identify the student's specific topic of interest. The student will submit a project proposal to the program director during the winter quarter. The capstone project will fulfill several specified criteria and guidelines as determined and outlined by the Program Director and Advisory Board. During the spring quarter, students will explore and research current knowledge in the field and develop potential solutions to the issue or concern outlined in their project proposal. The capstone experience will conclude by the student presenting a formal scholarly work (both written and oral) that reflects a student's individual interest, a topic of current interest in the biomedical and healthcare industries, and the integration of science with strong professional skills.