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Program Overview
The Master of Science in Medical Sciences is a one-year program specifically designed to provide students with a structured opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenges of applying to and succeeding in medical, dental, and other professional schools. The program contains didactic coursework at the graduate professional level, professional skills development sessions, standardized test preparation, and clinical exposures to form a complementary skill set to those that have been acquired at the undergraduate level.

We expect this program to enhance students’ success at professional school acceptance, but please note that successful completion of this program is in no way a guarantee of an interview or acceptance into professional school at MUSC or anywhere else.


Admission Requirements
Prerequisites for the program include obtaining at least a baccalaureate degree with coursework appropriate for admission to the desired professional school. For suggestions for coursework to take to apply to the College of Medicine at MUSC click here:

For suggestions for course work to take to apply to the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC click here:

Applicants should also have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other appropriate standardized test, within two years of the date of matriculation to provide a baseline score.  Coursework for the program will include standardized test preparation tutoring and strategies. Students interested in Medical or Dental Schools are encouraged to apply. Students interested in other professions should inquire before applying. Applicants should know that the College of Medicine at MUSC accepts very few out-of-state students (see statistics at 

Tuition and Fees
Estimated tuition and fees rates for the program can be found at the website:

The general plan for the coursework for the program is laid out below. In addition, optional coursework may be made available to students in the program depending on availability and interest.

Summer Semester

BSC 700 Histology: 4 credit hours
BSC 704 Standardized Test Preparation: 3 credit hours
BSC 706 Professional Development : 1 credit hour
BSC 708 Grand Rounds: 2 credit hours
BSC 710 Clincial Exposures: 1 credit hour
BSC 718 Special Topics in Health Care (alternate to BSC 704): 2 credit hours
MCR 789-08 Core Clinical Research Training: 1 credit hour

Fall Semester

BSC 712 Biochemistry: 3 credit hours
BSC 702 Anatomy: 4 credit hours
BSC 710 Clinical Exposures: 1 credit hour
CGS 700 Biostatistics: 3 credit hours

Spring Semester

BSC 710 Clinical Exposures: 1 credit hour
BSC 714 Oral Immunobiology: 4 credit hours
BSC 716 Medical Microbiology: 4 credit hours
MCR 724 Introduction to Clinical Trials: 3 credit hours

Course Descriptions

BSC 700 Histology: This is an online course in histology that involves learning the microscopic architecture and function of cells, tissues and organs of the human body. The course content is presented via interactive lectures and virtual labs. A unique feature of this course is the use of virtual microscopy to examine specimens over the Internet using a browser interface instead of a microscope. Learning is facilitated by practice quizzes and assessed by both open- and closed-book examinations. 4 credit hours.

BSC 702 Anatomy: This intensive gross anatomy course is designed to prepare students for entry in the field of health professions in general, with a focus and emphasis on medical and dental curricula in particular. The course provides students with detailed examination of all structural aspects of the human body with a special emphasis on the anatomy and anatomical relationships significant to the common clinical medicine topics and surgical procedures. It is presented by regions of the body through lectures and matching online laboratories. The material is organized in units and presented in a logical fashion, i.e. Superficial Back and Upper Limb, Thorax, Abdomen, and Pelvis, Lower Limb and finally Head and Neck. Throughout the course, imaging techniques including CT scans and x-ray radiography are used to introduce the student to the clinician's perspective. The course content is also designed to correlate with important clinical problems that students may encounter as practitioners, and additional reading assignments are included in the materials to be studied by the students. The students also have the opportunity to further their knowledge of anatomy by using online resources that will be made available to them through a course management system. 4 credit hours.

BSC 704 Standardized Test preparation: Students will work with tutors and MCAT or DAT preparation books to practice the various sections of the test. Students will be given the opportunity to take practice tests online. Assessment will be on attendance and participation. 3 credit hours.

BSC 706 Professional Development: Students attend weekly 1 hour workshops led by various faculty members on writing personal statement for applications, writing resume and CVs, interviewing skills, professional etiquette, and how to get the most out of clinical shadowing experiences. Mock interviews and critiques of draft resumes and personal statements will be provided. Students will develop a professional portfolio that can serve as the basis for applications to professional schools. Assessment will be based on attendance and participation. 1 credit hour.

BSC 708 Grand Rounds: Students will be required to attend one grand rounds seminar series a week offered by various MUSC departments. After the presentations, they will have one week to turn in a one-page paper detailing what they learned. 1 credit hour.

BSC 710 Clinical Exposures: Students will have the opportunity to shadow a physician working in the CARES clinic, the Emergency Department and/or the autopsy service. The students will attend the clinic several times during the semester and write up the history of the patient and the diagnosis and treatment plan. 1 credit hour.

BSC 712 Biochemistry: This course is a modificiation of BMB 601 - Comprehensive Biochemistry offered to dental students. The course emphasizes the basic metabolic reactions of living systems. Topics that are emphasized include structure-function relationship of hemoglobin, myoglobin and enzymes, pH considerations, enzymatic activity and factors such as allosteric effectors and conversion of proenzymes to active enzymes. Additional topics include the biosynthesis and degradation of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, polysaccharides and nucleic acids. Topics that are covered in depth include pH and buffers, glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, the pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen metabolism, regulation of metabolism, the nature of genetic material and the relationship of the genetic code to protein synthesis. An introduction to genetic engineering, genetic diseases and chemotheraphy is also presented. 3 credit hours.

BSC 714 Oral Immunobiology: This course will be a modification of CFCS 624 - Oral biology and immunology. Certificate students will attend lectures given to the dental students and will have access to all course materials. The course grade will be based on exams that will be identical to the exams taken by the dental students. In place of the evidence-based dentistry literature reports required of dental students, certificate students will complete online patient-oriented problem solving exercises on immunoprophylaxis, cancers of the immune system, and autoimmune diseases. Course topics include basic concept in immunology, cells and tissues involved in the immune system, antibody stucture and diversity, immunodeficiencies, immunization and vaccines, and tumor immunobiology. 4 credit hours.

BSC 716 Medical Microbiology: This course will be a modification of MBIM 623 - Dental Microbiology. Certificate students will have access to lectures given in both the dental and medical microbiology courses, either live or recorded. They will take part in small group problem-based exercises with other certificate students in sessions proctered by the course director. The course grade will be based on 3 multiple choice question exams, which will be identical to the exams taken by the dental students.  This course will foster a knowledge base and understanding of the fundamentals of bacterial physiology and genetics; clinical bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology; antimicrobial theraphy; asepsis in health care; and infection control. The primary goals of the course are to explore the relationship between the physiology of medically important microbes to the pathobiological sequelae of human-microbial interactions, with particular reference to the role of microbes in human disease. In addition to lecture, instruction includes problem-based, small group exercises in microbiology with clinical case scenarios. 4 credit hours.

BSC 718 Special Topics in Healthcare. This course introduces pre-professional students to the analytical methods, resources, and approaches to quality improvement analyses in health care using a realistic case-based study. 2 credit hours. 


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