Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science

PA College is one of the few colleges in the region to offer a biomedical science degree, and the only one exclusively focused on health sciences.

About

Learn about global approaches to health care issues and societal needs. Position yourself to pursue a professional degree such as physician’s assistant, research scientist or doctor. Do it all in a uniquely collaborative, hands-on setting that includes real-life scenarios and a multi-disciplinary team.

Upon earning your Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, you’ll have an understanding of the legal, ethical, political and policy issues that shape and change health care.

Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Sciences in Biomedical Science must have:

  • Graduated from an approved secondary school, met the requirements for the GED or received a diploma from an accredited homeschool association.
  • A minimum of 16 high school course units with:
    • 4 units of English
    • 3 units of social studies
    • 3 units of mathematics (one of which is pre-calculus)
    • 2 units of science with a related laboratory or equivalent

Post-secondary college-level equivalents will be considered to fulfill the high school requirements.

  • Satisfactory achievement on the SAT or the ACT. If more than two years have elapsed since either graduation or earning a GED, prospective students will be required to demonstrate academic success in a college-level math course or a science course with a lab.
  • Preferred applicants will have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or greater in secondary education; an SAT combined reading and math score of 1200 or better; or a composite ACT score of 24 or greater.
  • Additional factors considered in the competitive admission process include:
    • Class rank
    • Personal interview
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Community service
    • Health care related service
  • Transcripts of students who have earned post-secondary credits will be reviewed to determine which courses may be transferred into PA College to meet the requirements of the program.

Curriculum

As a student, you may choose from two curriculum tracks: preprofessional or public health (samples below). These tracks will position you to pursue a professional degree such as physician’s assistant, research scientist, physician or enter the public health field. Either paths will provide you with an understanding of legal, ethical, political and policy issues that shape and change health care as well as a solid foundation of science and math courses. The curriculum is designed with unique opportunities of interprofessional simulation experiences and collaboration with future colleagues through interdisciplinary learning.

Pre-Professional (123-124 Credits)

Semester 1FallCredits
BIO 111General Biology 1 with Lab4
CHE 100General Chemistry 1 with Lab3
ENG 100English Composition3
CMP 150Digital Literacy3
PSY 100General Psychology3
Total16
Semester 2SpringCredits
BIO 112General Biology 2 with Lab4
CHE 110General Chemistry 2 with Lab5
MAT 190Calculus 14
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total16
Semester 3Summer
Work/volunteer in a health care setting0
Inter-professional Collaborative Experience I0
Semester 4FallCredits
BIO175A & P I with Lab4
BIO 250Nutrition3
ENG 202Advanced Communication3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Patient Care1
CHE xxxOrganic Chemistry 1 with lab4
Total16
Semester 5SpringCredits
BIO175A & P II with Lab4
CHE xxxOrganic Chemistry 2 with Lab4
BIO xxxMicrobiology4
ENG 300Advanced Composition3
IPC 302Introduction to Capstone1
Total16
Semester 6SummerCredits
Work or volunteer in a health care setting
Inter-professional Collaborative Experience II0
Semester 7FallCredits
CHE 3xxBiochemistry3
PHY xxxPhysics and lab4
SOC 300Social Problems3
HCA xxxIntroduction to Public Health3
MAT 260Statistics3
Total16
Semester 8SpringCredits
PHY xxxPhysics 2 with lab4
BIO xxxMolecular Biology/Genetics3-4
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
ELECTIVE300 or 400 Humanities Elective3
ELECTIVEMCAT Prep or Science Elective3
Total16-17
Semester 9SummerCredits
Take MCAT in the summer
Work or volunteer in a health care setting
Inter-professional Collaborative Experience III
Semester 10FallCredits
BIO 380Epidemiology3
EDU 3xxTeaching & Learning –Non Clinical3
HSC 300Organizational Behavior3
ECO 150Survey of Economics3
Elective3
Total15
Semester 11SpringCredits
IPC 450Capstone3
ECO 350The Economics of Health Care3
PSC 3xxAmerican Healthcare3
PHI 3xxBioethics3
Total12
Room for additional course of interest
Total Curriculum123/124

Public Health Track (123-124 Credits)

Semester 1FallCredits
BIO 111General Biology 1 with Lab4
CHE 100General Chemistry 1 with Lab3
ENG 100English Composition3
CMP 150Digital Literacy3
PSY 100General Psychology3
Total16
Semester 2SpringCredits
BIO 112General Biology 2 with Lab4
CHE 110General Chemistry 2 with Lab5
MAT 180Calculus 1 or College Algebra3-4
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Total16
Semester 3Summer
Work/volunteer in a health care setting
Inter-professional Collaborative Experience I
Semester 4FallCredits
BIO175A & P I with Lab4
BIO 250Nutrition3
ENG 202Advanced Communication3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HCA xxxIntroduction to Public Health3
IPC 302Introduction to Captsone1
Total15
Semester 5SpringCredits
BIO175A & P II with Lab4
MAT 260Statistics3
BIO xxxMicrobiology4
ENG 300Advanced Composition3
HCA 3xxEnvironmental & Community Health3
Total16
Semester 6Summer
Work or volunteer in a health care setting
Inter-professional Collaborative Experience II
Semester 7FallCredits
ELECTIVE300 or 400 Humanities Elective3
HCA 3xxGlobal Health Issues3
SOC 300Social Problems3
ECO 150Survey of Economics3
MAT 3xxBiostatistics3
Total15
Semester 8SpringCredits
BIO 230/376Immunology or Pathophysiology3
BIO xxxMolecular Biology/Genetics3-4
BIO 380Epidemiology3
HCA 305Data Analysis3
ELECTIVEElective3
Total15-16
Semester 9Summer
Work or volunteer in a health care setting
Inter-professional Collaborative Experience III
Semester 10FallCredits
IPC 401Research in Health Care3
EDU 3xxTeaching & Learning –Non Clinical3
HSC 300Organizational Behavior3
HCA xxxHealthcare Policy3
ELECTIVEElective-Career Related3
Total15
Semester 11SpringCredits
IPC 450Capstone3
ECO 350The Economics of Health Care3
PSC 3xxAmerican Healthcare3
PHI 3xxBioethics3
ELECTIVEElective3
Total15
Total Curriculum123-124