Biomedical Sciences — M.M.S.

Program Coordinator
Kenneth R. Wright

Students accepted into the Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) degree program in biomedical sciences enroll in basic science courses with first-year medical students. Faculty responsible for teaching students in the M.M.S. degree program teach these first-year basic sciences courses.

The program enables students to complete their studies in one academic year of full-time commitment. The program is intended to provide experience in the rapidly changing area of biomedical sciences; and it prepares students to apply to professional programs in medicine or to pursue other career options—such as high school teaching, patent law, or biotechnology management.

The curriculum includes 4 units of critical thinking, 4 units of medical practice management, 3 units of religion, and a capstone project of 3 units. The remaining units come from the first-year medical curriculum—which includes gross anatomy, embryology, physiology, cell structure and function, biochemistry, and genetics. Although the courses share lecture/laboratory experiences and tests with the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program, such courses will not be transferred to the M.D. degree program; a student subsequently admitted to the M.D. degree program should expect to take, and pay for, the normal M.D. degree curriculum.

The program will culminate with a capstone project, which will give the student the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency/knowledge in the biomedical sciences, understanding of current clinical literature, etc.

Applicants to the Master of Medical Science must satisfy the same requirements as those applying to the Medicine Program at Loma Linda University; that is, they will have completed a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) with a course of study that includes a year each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and general physics and a course in biochemistry. Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).  Students are accepted into the program on recommendation of the School of Medicine admissions committee only.

Summer quarter courses
BHCJ 501Critical Thinking4
MDCJ 509Introduction to Medical Practice Management4
Year-long courses
ANAT 510Gross Anatomy8.5
ANAT 515Human Embryology2
BCHM 510Fundamentals of Human Biochemistry2.5
MDCJ 508Cell Structure and Function8.5
MDCJ 560Basis of Medical Genetics2
PHSL 519Medical Physiology7.5
Spring quarter course
MDCJ 510Capstone Project3
RELR 588Personal and Family Wholeness3
Total Units45

Normal time to complete the program

1 year (3.5 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required