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Master of Science in Medical Sciences


Mission

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences is a one-year (fall/spring/summer) program to prepare students for advanced studies in professional health care programs such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, and others. The program is offered in a consortial agreement with Ponce Health Science University (Ponce, PR), a locally and regionally accredited university through Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits M.D.-granting programs in the United States. A unique pedagogy of recorded lectures, in-class active learning and structured formative assessments coupled to strong data analytics packages that tailor study for individual student development mirrors the first year of medical school at PHSU and prepares students for future study. Strong academic and pre-professional advising is integrated into the program.

This program is an intense, full-time academic experience. Students are strongly advised not to have outside employment during the year of this program in order to meet the rigorous requirements of a first-year medical school curriculum.

Faculty

T. Tatum-Parker, program director

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study at Saint Xavier University, applicants to the master's degree program in Medical Sciences must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of the following courses with a C or better:
    • General Chemistry -- 2 semesters with labs
    • Organic Chemistry -- 2 semesters with labs
    • Biochemistry -- 1 semester
    • Biology -- 3 semesters of coursework eligible for Biology major credit, with labs, including physiology, anatomy, and either genetics or cell biology
    • Physics -- 2 semesters with labs
    • Statistics or Calculus -- 1 semester
    • Behavioral and social sciences -- 2 semesters
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 during undergraduate study.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all required undergraduate coursework.
  • A personal statement regarding interest in a health care career, description of the student's work/volunteer experience in health care settings, and expectations for how this program will help in preparation for the career.
  • Unofficial reports of all scores from professional admissions exams taken previously (MCAT, DAT, OAT, etc.)
  • 3 Recommendation letters: one from a STEM faculty member or pre-health committee, one from a health care provider.
  • Interview on campus (or via Zoom for those living more than 100 miles away)

Course Requirements (42 credit hours)

A total of 42 credit hours is required for completion of the Master of Science Degree in Medical Sciences.

Courses

  • MSMS: Anatomy, Embryology and Imaging (9)
  • MSMS: Histology and Cell Biology (4)
  • MSMS: Physiology I (4)
  • MSMS: Physiology II (4)
  • MSMS: Medical Biochemistry I (5)
  • MSMS: Medical Biochemistry II (5)
  • MSMS: Medical Microbiology (4)
  • MSMS: Medical Neuroscience (5)
  • MSMS: Medical Ethics (1)
  • MSMS: Health Disparities (1)

Typical Course Sequence (42 credit hours)

  • Fall (18 credit hours)
    • MSMS: Anatomy, Embryology and Imaging (9)
    • MSMS: Histology and Cell Biology (4)
    • MSMS: Physiology I (4)
    • MSMS: Medical Ethics (1)
  • Spring (18 credit hours)
    • MSMS: Medical Biochemistry I (5)
    • MSMS: Physiology II (4)
    • MSMS: Medical Microbiology (4)
    • MSMS: Medical Neuroscience (5)
  • Summer (6 credit hours)
    • MSMS: Medical Biochemistry II (5)
    • MSMS: Health Disparities (1)
    • Comprehensive final exam (0)

Comprehensive Examinations
Satisfactory completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations is required at the end of the program.

Course Availability

Required courses are offered on a regular basis. Elective standardized test preparation is offered on a periodic basis. Credit hour values are noted parenthetically.