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Common Questions

How long is the program?
The program is three academic quarters or approximately 10 months of study (August through May).

If I do well in the BMS program, do I automatically gain admission to other RFU programs like the medical school?
There are no guarantees of admission to any RFU programs. BMS students must apply to other RFU programs in the same manner as all other applicants. However, students who are actively enrolled in BMS coursework and meet the requirements of other RFU programs will be granted an interview providing they remain actively enrolled in BMS at the time of the interview. Admission to another school or program at Rosalind Franklin University is independent of a student’s performance in or completion of the BMS program. Applicants should contact the RFU program that they are interested in before applying to BMS to assure that the applicant meets any program-specific requirements.

Is there an interview for the BMS program?
No, the admissions committee selects students based on their academics, test scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements and experiences.

What careers will the BMS program prepare me for?
Graduates of this program should be well prepared to continue their graduate education in a variety of healthcare professions, including allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and physician assistant studies. Typically, the majority of graduates from the BMS program gain acceptance into one of the aforementioned health professions upon graduation.

Will I be able to interact with students enrolled in other health professions programs?
The vibrant interprofessional culture at RFU will afford you the opportunity to interact with students from the various health profession programs at RFU. This happens in some of the coursework, but largely in the extracurricular and campus activities. You will learn about the various professions throughout the curriculum. The BMS program serves as a great introduction to interprofessional health professions education.

How do I submit an MCAT score?
MCAT scores must be sent with your application by uploading a PDF score report using the MCAT Testing History (THx) System. MCAT score reports must contain the 16-digit verification code.

How do I submit a GRE score?
Official GRE scores must be submitted through ETS to Rosalind Franklin University at Institution Code: 1117.

How do I submit a DAT, OAT, or PCAT score?
You may upload a scanned copy of your DAT, OAT, or PCAT exam results with your RFUCAS application. Be sure that the exam results show your name as it appears on your application, the date of the examination, and an Examinee ID number.

I’m taking the April MCAT. Is that okay? What about the GRE?
In general, 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 July 1. Please consult the individual exams for score release dates to ensure enough time. We will not begin the review process on your application until we have received your examination result.

Where can I find information about the certificate courses that BMS students can choose from to complete their curriculum?
Certificate courses information.

Is financial aid available for the BMS program?
Yes, financial aid is available through several government-sponsored and private student loan programs. For further information about financial aid opportunities, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 847-578-3217.

How do I use Interfolio to send my letters of recommendation?
Please follow these instructions on how to upload letters from Interfolio to an online application system. Once you proceed to Step 5 in this Interfolio process, you will want to select the option of “You enter your recommenders’ email addresses” which will generate a unique email address for each recommender. You will be able to enter any Interfolio generated e-mail addresses as you complete the “Submit a Request” process in RFUCAS.

May international applicants be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program?
Yes. International applicants (non-US citizens or non-US permanent residents) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students may apply to and gain admission to the Biomedical Sciences program.

However, one of the benefits of joining the Biomedical Sciences program is the opportunity to interview for admission to other degree programs at Rosalind Franklin University.

Because the Allopathic Medicine program in the Chicago Medical School will only consider applications from U.S. citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, this BMS student benefit to interview with the Chicago Medical School would not apply to international students.

International students interested in applying to any other Rosalind Franklin University programs (e.g. Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, MS in Physician Assistant Studies, or Doctor of Pharmacy programs) while in the Biomedical Sciences program may be considered for an interview and admission, assuming the candidate meets the program’s requirements.

What is the CASPer exam?
The CASPer is a situational judgment test that is taken online. It is offered on specific dates and times, requires candidates to register in advance, takes approximately one hour to complete, and costs $10 to take and $10 per school to which you report your results. It is a means for our program to review candidates on non-academic attributes under uniform conditions.

I have not taken the CASPer. Can I still apply to the Biomedical Sciences program?
You may apply to the program prior to taking the CASPer, but the review process will not begin on your application until all required materials, including an official CASPer result, have been received. 

To ensure that you meet the CASPer deadline, be sure to register for the CASPer as soon as possible, as there are limited dates when the exam will be offered prior to the start of the program.

How do I register for the CASPer?
You will need to register and create a CASPer account at takecasper.com, then you’ll be able to register for a test. You can find step-by-step instructions on the CASPer FAQ page under the question “How do I reserve my CASPer test?”

Be sure to report your CASPer results to "Rosalind Franklin University Biomedical Sciences".

When can I take the CASPer?
The 2019-20 CASPer for “U.S. Professional Health Sciences” is currently being offered with the final exam date being offered on May 4, 2020. 

There are limited exam dates, so be sure to register for an exam well in advance of the final exam date. 

What resources are available to help me prepare to take the CASPer?
Although you do not need to study for the CASPer test, we do encourage you to familiarize yourself with the standard CASPer test format in order to reduce test day anxiety and to ensure no technical issues prevent you from having a smooth test. Please refer to the test preparation resources webpage at takecasper.com.

After I complete the CASPer, how long will it take for RFU to receive my results?
It takes approximately three weeks after you have completed the CASPer for your results to be delivered to RFU.

I have already taken the 2018-19 CASPer exam for another program. Do I need to retake the CASPer for the Biomedical Sciences program?
We will not accept exam results from the 2018-10 CASPer for admission consideration in the 2019-20 application cycle. You will need to take the 2019-20 CASPer in order to be considered for admission to the Biomedical Sciences program. 

I took the 2019-20 CASPer and reported my results to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. How can I share my results with the Biomedical Sciences program?
Please email us at grad.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu to request that the 2019-20 CASPer results you sent to the Chicago Medical School be shared with the Biomedical Sciences program. Please provide your full name as it appears on your AMCAS application and your AMCAS ID so that we can locate your CASPer results and share with the Biomedical Sciences program.

I took the 2019-20 CASPer and submitted scores to an Allopathic Medicine program in the U.S. but did not report my results to the Biomedical Sciences program at Rosalind Franklin University. How can I share my results?
Go to takecasper.com to report your scores to the Biomedical Sciences program at Rosalind Franklin University. Instructions for sending your 2019-20 results to additional programs can be found on the FAQ page at takecasper.com.

Be sure to report your CASPer results to "Rosalind Franklin University Biomedical Sciences".

How can I get in touch with the Admissions Office?
Email us: grad.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu 
Call us: 847-578-3204 
Our mailing address: 

Rosalind Franklin University
Office of Admissions and Enrollment
Attn: BMS
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064