The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program is committed to selecting applicants who will be future health professionals. The goals of the admissions process are to:
- Understand each applicant as a whole person.
- Evaluate the potential for success.
- Assess the candidate’s commitment and aptitude as a future practicing clinician.
- Consider the applicant’s interest in serving rural and under-served populations.
The Office of Postbaccalaureate Studies Programs considers each applicant’s academic background, achievements, and personal statement. While grades and test scores are crucial, we also look closely at letters of recommendation, health-related work or research experience, community involvement and promotion of diversity are important pieces to the admissions process.
We participate in PostBacCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Postbaccalaureate Programs.
To initiate the application process, applicants must apply directly through PostBacCAS. PostBacCAS is available to applicants for the entering class from September through June of the year applying. Detailed instructions for completing the application can be found in the PostBacCAS Applicant Help Center.
Applicants must request all official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be mailed directly from the institution(s) to the PostBacCAS office. Applicants who have taken course work and/or have earned a degree from a foreign institution must also submit to PostBacCAS an evaluation of their transcripts in a course-by-course fashion from one of the PostBacCAS approved evaluation services. All required coursework must be completed from an accredited US college or university to be considered.
There is a PostBacCAS Fee Assistance Program available for qualified applicants on a first-come, first served basis.
Applicants with Permanent Residency Status must provide a copy of their Green Card for consideration for admission. Candidates born outside of the United States who have become United States Citizens should provide a copy of their Citizenship Certificate.
We make every effort to recruit students from a diverse background to foster the cultural richness to meet its mission, goals and objectives. Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity or national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status and any other characteristic protected by law.
Prior to matriculation, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree and completed the following coursework with a grade of “C”or higher from an accredited US college or university in order to be considered.
- Biological Sciences: One year with laboratory (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Inorganic/General Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Physics: One year (6-8 credit hours/9-12 quarter hours)
- English: One year (6 credit hours/9 quarter hours)
Competitive applicants will have a cumulative science and overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Standardized Test Scores
- SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT and/or DAT scores are highly recommended
- Competitive applicants should submit standardized test scores
Letters of Recommendation
- Two letters of recommendation are required to complete the application for admission and must be written by the following (select one from Column A and one from Column B)
Column A (Choose One) Column B (Choose One) Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee Packet Employer-Manager who has supervised the applicant Pre-Health/Pre-Medical Advisor Volunteer Program-Manager who has supervised the applicant Core hard science faculty member with a terminal degree familiar with the academic work of the applicant
Healthcare professional who the applicant has shadowed, select from the list below:
- Physician Assistant
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner
- Letters of recommendation must be written within the last year specifically for the CUSOM MSBS program
- Letters may not be submitted by a relative (by blood or through marriage)
- All letters must be on official letterhead and signed
A current resume or curriculum vitae is required.
All students are required to meet the Technical Standards for Admission. All students must affirm by signature that he/she has read and meet the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for dismissal.
If selected for an interview, the applicant will be notified via phone or email and will have the opportunity to select an interview date. The interview process will take place via Skype with the Office of Postbaccalaureate Studies and CUSOM faculty and staff.
Earliest Filing Date for Fall 2020 Admission: September 1, 2019
Latest Deadline Date for Fall 2020 Admission: July 1, 2020* – All application materials must be received by this date.
*For best consideration, applicants should submit their PostBacCAS application and supplemental materials at least four weeks prior to the latest deadline date.