Frequently Asked Questions
How is the BMS Program Structured?
All students in the Biomedical Sciences program are required to take the series of core basic science courses. In addition, at the time of application, students are required to select one of the following four certificate concentrations in which to take courses.
- Health Professions Education
- Healthcare Administration & Management
- Women’s Health*
*Acceptance into these certificate tracks will be based on a student’s qualification and interest, and upon available space in the program. A separate application process is required for students interested in these two tracks. The learning format for these tracks includes both traditional and online coursework.
Applicants will be placed into the Healthcare Administration & Management, or Health Professions Education track unless accepted to a pre-selected special certificate concentration—denoted by an (*). An effort will be made to place students in the track of their choice; however, the Department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies reserves the right to place students in a track as space allows. There are no additional prerequisites for the Healthcare Administration & Management, or Health Professions Education tracks.
Curriculum Schedule - subject to change
•Autumn Quarter Quarter hours
Intro to Interprofessional Healthcare 1
Molecular Cell Biology 5
Medical Biochemistry 6
Track Courses Option** 3-6
Medical Physiology-A 7
Topics in Physiology-A 2
Track Courses Option** 3-6
Medical Physiology-B 7
Topics in Physiology-B 2
Medical Neuroscience 7.5
Track Courses Option** 3-6
**To earn a certificate in the Healthcare Administration & Management track, students must take four of the nine courses (3 quarter hours per course) offered in this program. To earn a certificate in the other tracks, students must take all four courses (3 quarter hours per course) offered by each program.
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 and podiatric medicine, dentistry, healthcare administration & management, nutrition, and physician assistant studies.
Is there academic/career counseling available for BMS students?
Yes, all students enrolled in the College of Health Professions are assigned faculty advisors who will be able to help answer questions and give advice.
What is the class size for Biomedical Sciences
The program has positions available for 100 students.
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. Grading and location for these courses is consistent with that for regularly enrolled, degree-seeking students
Does the BMS program accept transfer credit?
No, one of the goals of the BMS program curriculum to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their academic ability in an extremely rigorous educational program. None of these courses will be waived due to transfer credit.
What is the grading format for College of Health Professions?
Grading in the College of Health Professions is scaled A,B,C. Students receiving grades below a C are referred to an academic advising process and can be subject to dismissal.
What is the tuition? Are there any other costs?
Tuition and Fees*
Tuition for this year is: $37,386
Additional Costs (approximate) are:
*Estimates are subject to change
How do I get an application?
The application is available online HERE
When is the deadline?
The postmark deadline for submitting the application is June 1st, all supporting materials not submitted with the application (letters of recommendation, transcripts or official test scores) are due by June 15th.
What is the timeline for the admissions process?
- Applications are available between October 1st and June 1st.
- The deadline for submission of an application is June 1 (postmark).
- Files are reviewed on a rolling basis through July.
- Most acceptances are made in cycles between March and July.
- Classes begin in mid-August.
Are there interviews for entry into the Biomedical Sciences program?
There are no interviews for this program. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials such as resumes, abstracts of research work or published papers, and additional personal information to strengthen their candidacy.
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 or MCAT scores, recommendations from persons involved in the students’ previous educational experience, and other factors as determined by the Admissions Committee and program faculty.
Candidates are evaluated on their entire merit, no one criterion is used exclusively in the evaluation of a candidate. The BMS admissions committee chooses from the entire applicant pool the candidates that they deem most likely to be successful in the program.
May I release information from another RFUMS program application?
Yes, materials contained in a current RFUMS application for the same academic year may be transferred using the waiver of materials form in the BMS application. Transfer of materials does not guarantee completion of your BMS file unless all supporting materials requirements have been met. Please see Admissions Transfer of Materials Policy on the BMS application form.
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.
GRE – www.gre.org Institution code 1117, Department Code 0601
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/)
DAT - http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dat/form_transcript_dat.pdf
I’m taking the April MCAT; is that okay? What about the GRE?
Yes, taking the MCAT or GRE in April or early May should allow sufficient time for the results to be received before the final materials deadline of June 30th. Waiting until late May might be ok, but is not recommended because results are typically not available for 3-4 weeks.
Do I need to take a GRE subject test?
No, the GRE Subject test need not be taken unless the candidate feels further evidence of his or her standardized testing ability is needed.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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:
Moderately priced off-campus accommodations are also available in the area. Information on housing opportunities will be sent to accepted applicants.