Master of Arts in Biomedical Science (M.A.)
9 months, full-time; begins fall quarter only
The MA degree is not considered a terminal degree and the salary the MA graduate earns will be determined by the professional career they enter.
Seventy-six of the 96 students (79%) matriculating in the class of 2014 graduated from the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program on time.
Sixty-six of the 80 (83%) students graduating in the 2013 class have been accepted into professional school including: medical, dental, podiatry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and PhD programs.
Data obtained from Midwestern University matriculation records and annual exit interviews. Eighteen percent (18%) have not communicated their career status with the program.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2014-2015 edition, occupational outlook report, the following Biomedical Sciences related employment occupations are expected to reflect the following demand:
Employment of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Teachnologists and Technicians
Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
2010 Median Pay - $47,820 per year - $22.99 per hour
Employment of Biological Technicians
Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers.
2012 Median Pay - $39,750 per year - $19.11 per hour
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/biological-technicians.htm - (accessed 5/21/14)
Employment of Health Educators and Community Health Workers
Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.
2012 Median Pay - $41,830 per year - $20.11 per hour
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm - (accessed 5/21/14)
Employment of Medical and Health Services Managers
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services.
2012 Median Pay - $88,580 per year - $42.59 per hour
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm - (accessed 5/21/14)
To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:
|Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Physics with lab||4||6|
A limited number of transfer credits from other institutions are allowed: 6 semester (9 quarter) hours for the Master of Arts in Biomedical Science. However, this does not remove the requirement to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per quarter.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible, but no later than July 15th, to ensure timely consideration.
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The Master of Arts in Biomedical Science (MA) degree is a full-time, three-quarter, graduate level, coursework only program. This program is designed to help students with a bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major in the sciences, improve their academic foundation in the biomedical sciences and augment their credentials for admission into medical school or other health professional program. All students take a minimum of 45 quarter hour credits in the basic sciences and medical ethics. Courses are in disciplines including: biochemistry, molecular cell biology, genetics, histology, human anatomy (with lab), human physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, introduction to medical ethics and a capstone course. The capstone course includes preparation of a scholarly, literature-based portfolio on a topic of the student’s choice (usually a disease condition) and a presentation of their topic in a research poster. In addition, students are required to take elective credits if needed to bring the total quarter credits to 15 or more credits. The elective credits, offered in a variety of disciplines, include other biomedical science courses and professional preparation courses (e.g. Health Career Planning, Medical Terminology, Learning Styles and Assessment, etc.). These electives improve critical thinking skills, study skills, and enhance the student’s preparation for professional school application.
NOTE: Transferring between degree programs is prohibited. M.B.S. students who leave after their first year will not be granted an M.A. degree. M.A. students who do not get into a professional program after the first year cannot "stay on" for a second year and receive the M.B.S. degree.
The Midwestern University Master of Arts in Biomedical Science Program educates and prepares students in the biomedical sciences to be competitive applicants for professional programs or careers in healthcare.
There are no significant changes to the admissions requirements, academic standards or curriculum planned for the upcoming year.
The State of Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education has approved all current degree programs at Midwestern University, Glendale - Arizona Campus. All degrees are conferred under the authority granted by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and The Higher Learning Commision, A Commision of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 312/263-0456; www.ncacihe.org.