School of Applied Health SciencesMaster of Science in Medical Sciences

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Transform Your Student ExperienceWhy Choose Our Program?

Through a unique partnership with Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), JU offers a Master in Medical Sciences (MSMS) program to help prepare you for a successful career in medicine. Our MSMS is designed to provide students the opportunity to enhance their competitiveness for entry into medical school and other professional health schools. In our rigorous, broad-based one-year program, students train to improve their academic credentials and achieve admission to graduate programs in health sciences, often improving MCAT scores along the way.

Our program:

  • Mirrors the first year of LCME-accredited medical school curriculum
  • Delivers recorded lectures, textbooks, and virtual labs on students’ personal devices
  • Focuses in-class time on group discussions with professors, breaking down clinical scenarios, and participating in formative feedback sessions
  • Prepares students for entry into many fields within healthcare including medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, pharmaceuticals, and many more
  • Provides the top 20% of JU MSMS graduates a guaranteed interview for Ponce Health Sciences University's Medical Program; please note that since the campus is in Ponce, Puerto Rico, you will need to be fluent in Spanish for the interview

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The Jacksonville University Advantage & PHSU's MSMS Student OutcomesPrepare Yourself for a Successful Medical Career

From our innovative and engaged faculty to our strong real-world partnerships, JU's School of Applied Health Sciences has a proven track record of offering exceptional academic opportunities for the next generation of student learners. PHSU historically provides quality healthcare education for future medical professionals who will go on to challenge and diversify the healthcare industry.

Our partnership introduces a results-driven classroom structure that will improve educational outcomes and transform the student experience.

93%First-time Board pass-rate
82%MSMS graduates apply, gain acceptance, and continue on to their preferred medical school and career path
89%Residency match-rate
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Results, DeliveredAbout Our Program

Curriculum

To obtain a Master of Science in Medical Sciences, each student must complete the following 42 credit hours of graduate level coursework:

  • Gross Anatomy, Embryology & Imaging
  • Physiology I and II
  • Medical Biochemistry I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Histology & Cell Biology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Interprofessional Perspectives in Health Disparities
  • Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CQX)

Dynamic Classrooms

The MSMS program forgoes in-class lectures in favor of data-driven experiential learning activities. Students will self-direct their learning by engaging with recorded video lectures from medical experts, as well as participating in virtual labs. Time in class is reserved for group discussions, clinical scenarios, and feedback sessions with professors.

Predicting Student Success

In the MSMS, comprehensive student data is collected to evaluate pre-medical students and accurately predict their potential in medical school. In this process, student responses to in-class questions, homework, and exams are tracked, giving detailed performance insight.

Using this data, students can:

  • Identify their personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Receive feedback and personalized reports detailing their performance on classwork, homework, and exams
  • View their USMLE Step 1 Board Exam performance prediction

Jacksonville University's partnership with PHSU is made possible by a collaboration with Tiber Health.

JU is working closely with SACSCOC, our accrediting body, to complete the standard accreditation process for this program. We anticipate approval in 2021.

AdmissionsHow to Apply

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA greater than or equal to a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
    • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 will be considered if cumulative science courses were greater than a 2.7 GPA
  • MCAT and GRE recommended, but not required
  • Letters of Recommendation upon request
  • Personal Statement upon request
  • Pre-requisite Course Requirements:
    • General Biology I & II (with labs)
    • General Chemistry I & II (with labs)
    • Organic Chemistry I & II (with labs)
    • Physics I & II (with labs)
    • Mathematics - 6 credit hours
    • Behavioral and Social Sciences - 6 credit hours
    • Biochemistry - 3 credit hours
    • English - 3 credit hours

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