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Biomedicine Certificate

Some students wish 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 chose which graduate-level natural science courses you need and would like to take. Our curriculum will set your application apart with our built-in cross-cultural experience, practicum shadowing, and interdisciplinary course offerings.

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

Curriculum (24 SH)

Natural Sciences (16-19 SH)

Certificate students can choose to take 4-7 of any of the natural science courses listed below. Additional natural science course options are available.

  • BMC 551 Developmental Biology
  • BMC 612 Human Anatomy
  • BMC 562 Human Physiology
  • BMC 561 Biochemistry
  • BMC 552 Cell Biology
  • BMC 561 Immunology
  • BMC 563 Molecular Genetics
  • BMS 562 Neurobiology
  • BMS 570 Medical Microbiology
  • BMS 585 Infectious Diseases (summer and online)
  • BMS 540 DRUGS: Discovery, Design, Action (online)
  • BMC 572 Cognitive Psychology

Cross Discipline (6 SH)

  • BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I
  • BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum
  • BMX 603 Cross Cultural Health Care

Electives (3-6 SH)

  • BMS 530 MCAT Preparation
  • *An elective course can be taken in any other masters program at EMU

Biomedical Teaching Certificate

The biomedical teaching certificate includes 15 semester hours of core curriculum courses and 13 hours of electives. 

Curriculum (28 SH)

Core Courses (15 SH)

  • BMC 551 Developmental Biology
  • BMC 612 Human Anatomy
  • BMC 562 Human Physiology
  • BMC 561 Biochemistry
  • BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I
  • BMC 611 Interdisciplinary Seminar II
  • BMC 613 Research Design and Statistics
  • BMX 603 Cross-cultural Healthcare
  • BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine Summer
  • BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine Fall
  • BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum
  • BMX 611 Biomedicine Faith and Ethics

*For the Biomedical Teaching concentration 1 of the 3 core required laboratory science courses (BMC 551,  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
  • EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education

Electives (12 SH)

Choose 4 of the below courses

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

Requisite courses

  • BMS 501 Biomed Organic Chemistry I

** Requisite course if not completed as an undergrad prerequisite. This course will count toward elective credit. 

Biomedicine Pre-Medical Certificate

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.

Curriculum (48 SH)

Biomedicine Core Courses (35 SH)

  • BMC 561 Biochemistry
  • BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I 
  • BMC 611 Interdisciplinary Seminar II
  • BMX 603 Cross-cultural Healthcare
  • BIOL 245 Animal Form and Function
  • CHEM 223 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 224 General Chemistry II
  • PHYS 251 Physics I
  • PHYS 262 Physics II
  • BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum
  • BIOL 225 Molecules, Genes and Cells

Requisite Courses ** 

  • BMS 501 Biomed Organic Chemistry I
  • BMC 502 Biomed Organic Chemistry II

** Requisite courses if not completed as undergraduate prerequisities.

Other Pre-Medical Certificate Courses (10 SH)

  • BMC 562 Human Physiology
  • BMC 572 Cognitive Psychology
  • BMS 530 MCAT Preparation

Other Electives (3 SH)

Choose one of the below

  • BMC 561 Immunology
  • BMS 562 Neurobiology
  • BMS 570 Medical Microbiology
  • BMS 585 Infectious Diseases (summer and online)
  • BMS 540 DRUGS: Discovery, Design, Action (online)
  • BMX 613 Behavior and Social Science Principles
  • BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology
  • BMS 574 Neuropsychology

Gap Year Certificate

Gap Year Certificate students take courses at EMU’s Harrisonburg campus in the fall, 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)

Students can choose to take 3-4 of the natural science courses listed below. Additional natural science course options are available.

  • BMC 551 Developmental Biology
  • BMC 612 Human Anatomy
  • BMC 561 Biochemistry
  • BMC 552 Cell Biology
  • BMC 561 Immunology
  • BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology

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

Spring Courses (Washington, DC)

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

Summer Course (off campus)

  • BMX 603 Cross Cultural Health Care



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