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The majority of credits toward all certificates must be earned through courses offered by EMU.

Biomedicine Certificate

Semester Hours: 25

Some students want to become more competitive applicants for professional health school, and only need a one-year program to enhance their application. Our Biomedicine Certificate allows you to pick and choose which graduate-level natural science courses suit your academic goals the best. Our curriculum will set your application apart with our built-in cross-cultural experience, practicum shadowing, and interdisciplinary course offerings.

Natural Sciences (16-19 SH)

Select from the following:

  • BMS 517 Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (4 SH)
  • BMC 552 Advanced Cell Biology (3 SH)
  • BMC 561 Biochemistry Foundations (3 SH)
  • BMC 562 Advanced Human Physiology (4 SH)
  • BMS 563 Molecular Genetics (3 SH)
  • BMS 572 Cognitive Psychology (3 SH)
  • BMC 612 Advanced Human Gross & Microscopic Anatomy (4 SH)
  • BMS 540 Drugs: Discovery, Design, Action (online) (2 SH)
  • BMS 561 Immunology (3 SH)
  • BMS 562 Neurobiology (3 SH)
  • BMS 570 Medical Microbiology (3 SH)
  • BMS 585 Infectious Diseases (3 SH)

Additional natural science course options are available.

Cross Discipline (6 SH)

  • BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum (1-4 SH)
  • BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I (2 SH)
  • BMX 603 Cross Cultural Health Care (3 SH)

Electives (3-6 SH)

  • BMS 530 MCAT Preparation (3 SH)
  • A course from any other master’s program at EMU

Biomedical Teaching Certificate

Semester Hours: 28

Core Courses (14-15 SH)

Select from the following:

  • BMS 517 Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (4 SH)
  • BMC 561 Biochemistry Foundations (3 SH)
  • BMC 562 Advanced Human Physiology (4 SH)
  • BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I (2 SH)
  • BMC 611 Interdisciplinary Seminar II (2 SH)
  • BMC 612 Advanced Human Gross and Microscopic Anatomy (4 SH)
  • BMC 613 Research Design and Statistics (2 SH)
  • BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine (3 SH)
  • BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum (1-4 SH)
  • BMX 603 Cross Cultural Healthcare (3 SH)
  • BMX 611 Biomedicine, Faith and Ethics (2 SH)

*For the Biomedical Teaching concentration, one of the 3 core required laboratory science courses (BMC 517, BMC 561 or BMC 612) may be replaced with equivalent hours in elective BMS courses.

Biomedical Teaching Concentration Courses (6 SH)

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 SH)
  • EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3 SH)

Electives (7-8 SH)

Choose 4 of the following courses:

  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution (3 SH)
  • EDCI 501 Curriculum and Instruction Strategies (3 SH)
  • EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration (3 SH)
  • EDCT 531 Everything Google for Classroom (online) (3 SH)
  • EDCT 541 Instructional Technology for Problem-Based Learning (online) (3 SH)
  • EDCT 681 Online Learning Tools for Classroom (online) (3 SH)
  • EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 SH)
  • EDDT 581 Language and Culture (online) (3 SH)

Requisite course if not completed in undergraduate studies

  • BMS 501 Biomedical Organic Chemistry I (4 SH) (counts toward elective credit)

Biomedicine Pre-Medical Certificate

Semester Hours: 48

With a Pre-Medical Certificate, you will simultaneously take undergraduate and graduate level pre-health courses. By taking basic natural science courses and more advanced science, psychology, ethics, and research courses, you will be adequately prepared for the MCAT and the rigors of medical school.

Biomedicine Core Courses (35 SH)

  • BIOL 240 Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 SH)
  • BIOL 215 Organismal Biology (4 SH)
  • BMC 561 Biochemistry Foundations (3 SH)
  • BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum (1-4 SH)
  • BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I (2 SH)
  • BMC 611 Interdisciplinary Seminar II (2 SH)
  • BMX 603 Cross Cultural Healthcare (3 SH)
  • CHEM 223 General Chemistry I (4 SH)
  • CHEM 224 General Chemistry II (4 SH)
  • PHYS 252 Physics I Lecture (3 SH)
  • PHYS 253 Physics I Lab (1 SH)
  • PHYS 262 Physics II Lecture (3 SH)
  • PHYS 263 Physics II Lab (1 SH)

Requisite Courses if not completed as an undergraduate 

  • BMS 501 Biomedical Organic Chemistry I (4 SH)
  • BMS 502 Biomedical Organic Chemistry II (4 SH)

Other Pre-Medical Certificate Courses (10 SH)

  • BMC 562 Advanced Human Physiology (4 SH)
  • BMS 572 Cognitive Psychology (3 SH)
  • BMS 530 MCAT Preparation (3 SH)

Other Electives (3 SH)

Select from the following:

  • BMS 561 Immunology (3 SH)
  • BMS 540 Drugs: Discovery, Design, Action (online) (2 SH)
  • BMS 562 Neurobiology (3 SH)
  • BMS 570 Medical Microbiology (3 SH)
  • BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology (3 SH)
  • BMS 574 Neuropsychology (3 SH)
  • BMS 585 Infectious Diseases (3 SH)

Gap Year Certificate

Semester Hours: 21-28

Gap Year Certificate students take courses at EMU’s Harrisonburg campus in the fall and EMU’s Washington Community Scholars Center in Washington D.C. in the spring and complete cross-cultural travel in the summer.

Fall Courses (Harrisonburg campus) (9-14 SH)

Choose 3 - 4 of the following courses:  

  • BMS 517 Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (4 SH)
  • BMC 612 Advanced Human Gross and Microscopic Anatomy (4 SH)
  • BMC 561 Biochemistry Foundations (3 SH)
  • BMC 552 Advanced Cell Biology (3 SH)
  • BMS 561 Immunology (3 SH)
  • BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology (3 SH)

Additional natural science course options are available.

In place of a natural science course, one elective course can be taken in any other master's program at EMU.

Spring Courses (Washington, D.C. campus) (9-11 SH)

  • BMS 599 Internship
  • BMS 654 Internship Theory and Practice
  • BMS 655 Servant Leadership

Summer Course (off campus) (3 SH)

  • BMX 603 Cross Cultural Health Care



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