Students interested in professional health careers now have an option to earn a master's degree that can be completed in one calendar year. The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine has announced the launch of a new one-year master's degree in biomedical science, according to an announcement.
This three-semester program is the first of its kind in Kansas and is specifically designed to bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Kansas State said.
"Often students are not sure what their future holds," said Matthew Basel, clinical assistant professor and associate director of the program. “The pre-professional, one-year master's program is designed to introduce students to the biomedical field and prepare them for professional school. During the program, students will take advanced courses in a wide range of biomedical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, histology and pharmacology."
Hosted in the anatomy and physiology department of the Kansas State veterinary college, the pre-professional program in biomedical science is a non-thesis, coursework-based master's degree that can be completed in 12 months. Typically, a master's degree program takes about two years to complete. This program starts during the summer session and is completed at the end of the following spring semester.
"We believe the best place to prepare for professional school is at a professional school where students can interact with professors who understand the program," Basel said. "Students will take courses designed to have the same rigor as any other professional health school and have access to world-class facilities. Students will start in the summer semester with an intensive introduction to anatomy and physiology, followed by courses in the fall and spring."
Along with Basel, course coordinators include Pradeep Malreddy and Cathy K. Sparks, who both teach anatomy courses in the veterinary college.
"There are no specific admission requirements for this program, as we would like to serve a wide range of potential students," Malreddy said. "We do have some suggested guidelines for students that we think will help them be more likely to succeed. We recommend a bachelor's degree in a biomedical science-related field, a minimum 2.5 or higher overall grade point average and at least a 2.8 grade point average in their higher-level science courses or the last 45 hours of bachelor's degree studies."
A full description of the program, admission requirements and application procedures are available at vet.k-state.edu/education/graduate/one-year-masters/admissions.html.
Classes for the program are scheduled to start on June 8. The application is made through the Graduate school at Kansas State University, while the one-year master's program in biomedical science is administered through the College of Veterinary Medicine.