Frequently Asked Questions

Program Details

What are the prerequisites for admission to the BMS Program?

  • Biology or Zoology with Lab - minimum grades of C, 1 academic year required
  • Chemistry Sequence, including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry, with Labs - minimum grades of C required, 2 academic years required 
  • Physics with Lab - minimum grades of C required, 1 academic year required
  • Composition (writing intensive) - minimum grade of C required, 1 semester or quarter required
  • *The admissions committee also recommends human anatomy, molecular biology and statistics.  
  • *Advanced Placement credits may fulfill prerequisite requirements as long as an upper level course in that discipline is completed.
  • Note: Students who intend to apply to Chicago Medical School (CMS) for 2017-2018 admission should be aware that CMS will require an Introduction to Psychology and an Introduction to Sociology course starting with that class. There is no opportunity to take such a course at RFUMS and no time to do so while enrolled in BMS. 

How is the BMS Program structured?

All students in the Biomedical Sciences program are required to take the series of core science courses. The program does not accept courses transferred in at time of admission to meet any program requirements. In addition, at the time of application, students are required to select one of the following certificate concentrations in which to take courses. Changes to certificate tracks are generally not made after acceptance. Please check the information on the individual program pages for further information about the courses in the list below before making a track selection while applying to the program.

  • Health Professions Education
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Nutrition

Note: While all students are required to choose a certificate concentration at the time of application to the program, the choice of certificate content has no bearing on acceptance decisions. Students should make their choice based on their interests. Applying to more than one certificate DOES NOT increase an applicant's chances of acceptance. 

An effort will be made to place students in the track of their choice; however, the Program reserves the right to place students in a track as space allows.

Please note that curricular changes may occur at the discretion of the PHS Department from one academic year to the next, which could include additions, deletions or modifications to prerequisites,  core basic science courses and/or certificate tracks or courses.

For which careers will the BMS program prepare me?

Graduates of this program should be well prepared to pursue a career in biomedical research and/or additional education in a variety of healthcare fields, including allopathic, osteopathic and podiatric medicine, dentistry, healthcare administration, nutrition, nursing, physician assistant studies and others.

Is there academic/career counseling available for BMS students?

Yes, all students enrolled in the Program are assigned faculty advisors who will be able to help answer questions and give advice.

Will I be taking any courses with other health professions students?

Yes, students participate in courses with other, currently enrolled students from a variety of RFUMS programs. 

What is the grading format for College of Health Professions?

Grading in the College of Health Professions and in the BMS courses is scaled A,B,C. Students receiving grades below a C are referred to an academic advising process and can be subject to dismissal.

Application Process

How do I get an application?

The application is available online HERE

When is the deadline?

The Program will continue to accept any application materials until June 1, 2016.   Applicants should be aware that applications are screened and offers of admission are made on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to complete your application as soon as possible. 

What is the timeline for the admissions process?

  • Applications are available between October  and June 1st.
  • Most acceptances are made between March and June.
  • Classes begin in mid-August.
  • Courses in progress at the time of acceptance must be successfully completed and transcripts submitted before classes start.

Are there interviews for entry into the Biomedical Sciences program?

There are no interviews for this program.

What are the academic criteria for entering the program?

Applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic work, adequate preparation in biological and physical sciences, GPA, and DAT, GRE, OAT or MCAT scores that are less than 3 years old, recommendations from persons involved in the students’ previous educational experience, and other factors as determined by the Admissions Committee and program faculty. The BMS Admissions Committee chooses from the entire applicant pool the candidates that they deem most likely to be successful in the program.

Which standardized exams are acceptable for the program?

The following exams are acceptable for completion of a file. Select the appropriate test for your educational goals.

www.gre.org Institution code 1117, Department Code 0601 .  While the GRE is acceptable for application to the BMS Program, it is not acceptable for most other professional programs. There is no time to take other professional entrance exams while enrolled in BMS courses. Students who need to do so are advised to complete these exams before starting BMS courses. 

MCAT - MCAT scores may be sent with your application by printing a score report using the MCAT Testing History (THx) System. MCAT score reports must contain the 16-digit verification code. (
https://services.aamc.org/mcatthx/)    Students planning to apply to medical school for matriculation immediately after the BMS program should apply to BMS with an MCAT score. There is insufficient time to adequately prepare for the MCAT exam while studying for exams in the BMS Program.

DAT - http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx

I’m taking the April MCAT; is that okay? What about the GRE?

The April MCAT test date is usually ok, but applicants are responsible for checking the score release dates for the various test dates. All official score reports must be received by the June 1st deadline in order for the file to be considered complete and the application considered for admission. Waiting until May is not recommended.

What are the MCAT requirements for the program?

Applications with an MCAT score that is no more than 3 years old will be considered.

Do I need to take a GRE subject test?

No, the GRE Subject test need not be taken.

How long is the program?

The program is 3 academic quarters or approximately 10 months of study (August through May).

When does the program start?

The program begins in mid-August. Attendance at Orientation during the week before classes start is required.

Can I start in a different term?

No, there is only one start date. Students may not apply for any term other than Fall Term.

Will there be an orientation?

Yes, there is a mandatory orientation the week before classes start. Absence from Orientation is not allowed.

General University Information

What is the policy on admission to any other program or school at Rosalind Franklin University after successfully completing the master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences?

Admission to another school or program at Rosalind Franklin University is independent of a student’s performance in or completion of the Master’s in Biomedical Sciences Program. Biomedical Sciences students must apply to other programs or schools at Rosalind Franklin University in the same manner as all other applicants and meet the same application deadlines and prerequisites for admission as any other applicant. However, a student enrolled in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program who applies to a program or school within Rosalind Franklin University will be granted an admissions interview with that program or school providing the student meets the application deadline, any minimum application criteria and the prerequisites for admission. Students interested in the Physician Assistant program should apply early during the summer before BMS classes start and should check the Physician Assistance website for information about their criteria. Waiting to apply to Physician Assistant until after classes start could mean that the next PA class  is already full and the student may only be interviewing for a position on the Physician Assistant Program wait list.

Can I get a tour?

Certainly, please contact the Admissions Office to set an appointment.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available through several government-sponsored and private student loan programs. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will make every attempt to assist students seeking financial support. For further information about financial aid opportunities, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 847-578-3217 or online.

What is the University’s tuition refund policy?

The policy can be found on our Accounting and Business Office Webpage

Is housing available?

Yes, the University has modern, on-campus housing facilities. Housing assignments are made by a lottery system. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Housing:
Online: /dnn/administration/home/DOSA/StudentHousing/tabid/565/Default.aspx
Email: campus.housing@rosalindfranklin.edu
Phone: 847-578-8350

Moderately priced off-campus accommodations are also available in the area. Information on housing opportunities will be sent to accepted applicants.