Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Degree Awarded: 
Bachelor of Science Degree

Merit Scholarship

The Biomedical Sciences Program is delighted to announce a new merit scholarship which can cover up to the full cost of tuition at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, after any other tuition-specific grants and scholarships have been applied.  The scholarship is currently valued at a maximum of $24,700 and is renewable for all four undergraduate years, provided that the student maintains an appropriate academic record and complies with the terms of the scholarship.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences prepares students for future success in medicine, dentistry, and other health care careers. The merit scholarship is intended to help improve the health of the communities we serve by enabling exceptional students to pursue their undergraduate studies without the financial burden of tuition.  Merit Scholars are also eligible for up to $1500 to support research each academic year.  Exceptional high school students are invited to apply.  The link to the application can be found at http://www.jchs.edu/scholars-merit-application-2016-17.

Articulation Agreement with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Biomedical Sciences Program is also pleased to support the articulation agreement between Jefferson College of Health Sciences and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.  This agreement includes two different programs: an Early Acceptance Program for up to five Jefferson College students and a Guaranteed Acceptance Program for an additional five Jefferson students.

Early Acceptance Program

The Early Acceptance Program is designed to encourage students from rural and medically underserved communities to study medicine, with the hope that they will return to practice medicine in their home communities.  Eligible students will interview for the Early Acceptance Program in their fourth semester of college and, provided that they continue to fulfill the requirements of the program, will be admitted to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine upon graduation from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.  These students will be designated Rocovich Scholars and will not have to take the Medical College Admissions Test.

Guaranteed Acceptance Program

The Guaranteed Acceptance Program will admit up to five Jefferson College students who have excelled in their required premedical courses, have demonstrated volunteer service in health care and in the community, and who have earned a competitive score on the Medical College Admission Test. 

Interested students are urged to consult Dr. Robin Lee Davies, Program Director for Biomedical Sciences, for information about these and other programs in Biomedical Sciences at Jefferson.

To learn what Biomedical Sciences graduates are doing with their B.S. degrees, click here.

To learn more about the faculty and staff of the Biomedical Sciences Program, click here.
To see Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, with the Biomedical Sciences section beginning on page 59, click here.


The Biomedical Sciences program is designed to maximally prepare you for medical school, physician assistant programs, dental school, pharmacy school and other professional schools. For the student who desires to further their education through graduate studies, we provide a strong background in the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physiology.

The biomedical sciences are defined as the science disciplines that provide a knowledge base most directly applicable to the biology of humans. It is the mission and intention of the Biomedical Sciences program at Jefferson College to prepare students with a solid scientific foundation essential for an understanding of human health and disease. Graduates will be prepared to enter graduate studies in preparation for being well-trained practitioners in healthcare or to enter professions that serve healthcare. The program was established for the purpose of providing a coordinated biomedical sciences curriculum to students preparing to enter graduate studies that lead to careers in healthcare. The program values the many associations that develop among basic, applied and clinical scientists in planning for and participating in quality preparatory methods for healthcare professionals.

Program Mission: 

The mission of Biomedical Sciences is to prepare graduates with an excellent foundation in the natural sciences, to inspire lifelong learning, and to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to enter graduate studies in biomedical or healthcare fields.

Biomedical Sciences Vision:

Biomedical Sciences includes programs of the highest possible quality and is a competitive option for the best students seeking a baccalaureate education leading to graduate studies in healthcare.

Program Goals Intro: 

Upon completion of the Biomedical Sciences program, graduates will be able to:

Program Goals: 
  • Demonstrate working contemporary knowledge of the natural sciences as they apply to biomedical disciplines
  • Demonstrate the principles of diverse and critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to reasoning and problem solving
  • Demonstrate an understanding of aspects of the natural sciences that underlie the basis of human wellness and disease
  • Understand concepts of research design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of published research findings
  • Understand functional mechanisms relevant to biomedical science within the range of the molecular to whole organisms
  • Exhibit adequate preparation to be a competitive candidate for graduate biomedical studies or employment in the biomedical field
  • Demonstrate effective communication (written, spoken, and technological) skills relevant to biomedical science and/or a career in biomedical science
  • Demonstrate quantitative proficiency relevant to the natural sciences and/or biomedical science
Admission Requirements: 
  • Click here for the general information on admissions requirements.
Other Information: 
Research

The program also offers and emphasizes opportunities for students to participate in research activities that impact health sciences. Student development of an understanding of the use of the scientific method is also regarded as fundamentally important to the program. Skills related to the application of appropriate research methods, methods of data collection, data management, and the use of the scientific method in the interpretation and analysis of data with regard to research questions is regarded as essential to the mission of the program. The program uses courses such as Bioethics, Social Issues in Healthcare Delivery, Topics in Interdisciplinary Healthcare, Statistics, and Psychology to support the mission of the college by integrating a core of courses that pertain to issues that impact healthcare.

The Challenge

Jefferson College of Health Sciences has high expectations of behavior and of performance for all students. Students of the Biomedical Sciences program must set equally high standards of behavior and performance in order to be successful. As students destined for graduate work in the professions in healthcare or in a related field the expectations of performance set by individuals must be high at all times. The mission of the College to prepare ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare providers is tied directly to the Biomedical Sciences program's high expectation of student performance.