Skip Navigation
  • students
  • microscope
  • lab
  • crystals
  • first years

College of Graduate Studies

Certificate in Biomedical Sciences

The Certificate Program in Biomedical 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 school and other professional schools.  This on-site program contains didactic coursework at the professional level, professional skills development sessions, standardized test (e.g. MCAT) 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 medical/professional school acceptance, but please note that successful completion of this program is in no way a guarantee of an interview or acceptance into medical/professional school at MUSC or anywhere else.  We regret that current regulations prevent us from offering this program to international applicants without a permanent resident visa due to its online component.

The next cycle of the program will begin in May 2015.  Applications will open in December 2014.

Apply to the certificate program.

For questions about the program please contact the program directors:

Cynthia Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Dean for Admissions and Career Development
College of Graduate Studies
Phone: 843-876-2403

Laura Kasman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Phone: 843-792-8117


 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:

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 certificate 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

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

 Estimated costs of living for South Carolina can be found on the MUSC website here:

 For more information on course content for the certificate program click here:

Course descriptions






© 2012  Medical University of South Carolina | Disclaimer