The programs within the Department of Biomedical Sciences are designed to provide the students with knowledge and skills of the rapidly expanding fields of basic science, medicine and research. The integration of courses from these areas with a broad range of courses taken from other disciplines such as the arts and sciences and business provides the student with the maximum educational background and the critical thinking skills required to succeed in the increasingly demanding field of biomedical sciences.

The department offers four programs leading to the bachelor of science degree. These include microbiology and immunology, biomedical sciences, health science studies and an entry-level master's physician assistant program.

Because of the expansion of medical information and techniques, the department also offers several graduate degree programs including physician and pathologists' assistant, medical laboratory science with specialties in biomedical sciences and microbiology, and molecular and cell biology. Students also have the option to earn a master of science degree in biomedical sciences or a master of science in health science through five-year programs. The focus of each of these programs is to educate students for the critical thinking necessary to function successfully in the arena of the medical profession which has become highly diversified, encompassing multitudes of related and yet distinct differences.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences integrates and coordinates the activities of related biomedical sciences programs that may be conveniently grouped under the generic title "biomedical sciences." The inclusion of these programs, which have many elements in common, under the direction of a single administrative unit, encourages the mixing of ideas and disciplines. It allows both the lateral and the upward mobility of students enrolled in closely related curricula and permits the faculty to cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The rapid expansion of basic medical information, methodology and technology in recent years has increased the demand for specially trained personnel to perform in the clinical and research laboratories of hospitals, medical schools and government health facilities, and in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The health care system has a need for development of interdisciplinary skills to keep pace with sophisticated scientific developments and their applications in the biomedical sciences.

The School of Health Sciences building features 24 teaching laboratories, including an orthopedics lab, a rehabilitative sciences lab, a clinical skills lab, an intensive care unit, a health assessment lab, a physical exam suite, a physical diagnostics lab, a motion analysis lab and other special amenities that set it apart from other universities offering health sciences programs.

Also housing the  Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is a state-of-the-art facility, featuring an operating room suite with two additional high fidelity simulation rooms, 48 pro-section stations, 16 standardized patient rooms, multiple team study rooms, student lounges and a vending area, an expanded health sciences library, a 350-seat auditorium, 17 additional classrooms and 10 seminar rooms that seat from 12 to 150 students. Read more about the facility.

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