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Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS)

Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS)

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Prepare Yourself for a Successful Medical Career

At SCU we believe that better health care starts with better education. SCU’s post-baccalaureate Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) degree is designed to assist students who would like to enhance their academic credentials for entry into medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, or other health professional programs. In as little as one year, you can strengthen your academic skills, improve your Medical School Admissions Test (MCAT) scores, and gain a competitive advantage for applying or re-applying to medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, or other competitive health professional schools. The MSMS is designed to improve students’ academic portfolios with a wealth of health sciences knowledge and identify pathways to their dream healthcare careers. This flexible program provides students with two learning options. Full-time blended on-campus or part-time 100% online. View our infographic on “Why the MSMS?”.
Program Length:
  • Full-Time Blended On-Campus, 11 months
  • Part-Time 100% Online, 20 months
Three Starts a Year:
  • Fall: August 23rd, 2021 – full-time program only
  • Spring: January 10th, 2022
  • Summer: May 9th, 2022
Fixed Rate Tuition:
  • Tuition: $848/credit* or $35,616 to complete the program
  • Our fixed-rate tuition guarantee means your tuition won’t increase for as long as you remain actively enrolled in the program.

Full-Time Blended On-Campus Program

  • The full-time blended on-campus program utilizes multiple learning environments. Students participate in on-campus virtual synchronous instruction Monday thru Friday from roughly 7:00 am to 1:00 pm PT. During this time students have virtual lectures, self-directed learning time, examinations, and interwoven small group discussions.
  • For the full-time graduate program students are highly encouraged to refrain from full-time employment due to the rigorous format of the program.
  • This program is not designed for students interested in pursuing careers in medical or academic research.

Part-Time 100% Online Program

  • For students interested in flexible on-demand learning, this program can integrate with your schedule and classes can be taken from anywhere in the world.
  • Students take the same curriculum, however courses are spread over five terms vs. three for a flexible part-time course load.
  • Recorded lectures are consumed outside of class, while the weekly synchronous class time is focused on student comprehension. One to two hours of scheduled class time are required per week with two date/time options to choose from.

As an SCU Student, You’ll Benefit From:

  • Academic success tracking and predictions: SCU measures and tracks every answer to every question from every student through iClicker, the most researched student response system on the market. The data collected daily from you and your classmates through testing, combined with the data from MSMS students at our partner institutions, is used to measure student comprehension, identify subjects where students need help, and highlight areas where students excel. This tool will allow you to identify trouble areas and will provide real-time reporting on whether you have mastered each topic and learning outcome. This applies to full-time study only. Learn more about SCU Tools for MSMS students.
  • Flipped classroom design: Gain control of the learning process by watching lectures online and completing assigned reading before class, preparing you for in-class cases and collaborative group work.
  • Self-Directed Learning (SDL) Videos: Pre-recorded lectures given by MSMS Faculty on concepts and learning material critical for ICS and examinations.
  • In-Class Sessions (ICS): The purpose of the virtual interactive classes is to test student comprehension of concepts presented in SDL videos and supplemental materials, and to discuss real clinical scenarios. This applies to full-time study only.
  • Real clinical scenarios: Spend time working through real clinical scenarios, allowing you and your classmates to experience firsthand how your education can be applied to actual healthcare delivery.
  • Assistance in transition to professional and medical schools: After graduating from the MSMS program, you can apply to professional schools with the confidence that the knowledge gained from this program will make you more competitive.
  • Guaranteed medical school interview with our partner institution: SCU guarantees that the top 20% of the graduating class is offered an interview to Ponce Health Sciences University, an M.D. program in Ponce, Puerto Rico, a U.S. regionally accredited institution (admitted students are required to demonstrate competency in speaking Spanish).
  • Mentoring and support: Receive faculty support and individualized professional advising in an environment that encourages intellectual and personal growth.
  • In-depth preparations for taking future board and licensure exams: SCU utilizes USMLE-styled (United States Medical Licensing Examination®) questions to build upon current educational models for effective learning. This prepares you for the type of questions you’ll be asked to answer on future admissions, board, and licensure exams.
  • Proven success: The curriculum is modeled after the first year MD program at Ponce Health Sciences University, an SCU partner institution, where 75% of the first MSMS graduating class received admission to medical school and 100% passed the USMLE Board exam on their first attempt.
  • Ideal Los Angeles location: SCU is located in Whittier, conveniently situated between Los Angeles and Orange County. Students across the Los Angeles area find Whittier to be a commutable distance.

Confirm Your Medical School Aspirations or Identify Achievable Alternatives

Although most students enter our master’s program with the goal of gaining admission to medical school, some graduates find other healthcare career paths more suitable. If that happens after your first year of medical school, it will be a costly experience. If that happens after completing a Master of Science in Medical Science degree, you will have a marketable master’s degree with opportunities in viable healthcare fields such as:

  • Physician Assistant, Dentistry, Nursing, Podiatry, Optometry & Chiropractic
  • Pharmacy School and/or Pharmaceutical Industry

Curriculum Overview

The classes in the MSMS program mirror the curriculum of the first year of LCME-accredited medical school, so students can prepare for what’s next after graduation. This first year of learning is an excellent foundation for all students. Both full-time and part-time students follow the same curriculum, the only difference is the number of credits taken each term.


Course Sequence

Full-Time*

Part-Time*

Fall (18 credits – 17 Weeks)

Term 1 (6 credits – 15 Weeks)

• Gross Anatomy, Embryology and Imaging (9)

• Histology and Cell Biology (4)

• Physiology I (4)

• Medical Ethics (1)

• Medical Biochemistry I (5)

• Health Disparities (1)

Spring (18 credits – 17 Weeks)

Term 2 (9 credits – 15 Weeks)

• Microbiology (4)

• Gross Anatomy, Embryology and Imaging (9)

• Physiology II (4)

 

• Medical Biochemistry II (5)

 

• Neuroscience (5)

 

Summer (6 credits – 17 Weeks)

Term 3 (9 credits – 15 Weeks)

• Histology and Cell Biology (4)

• Neuroscience (5)

• Medical Ethics (1)

• Microbiology (4)

• Health Disparities (1)

 

 

Term 4 (10 credits – 15 Weeks)

 

• Medical Biochemistry I (5)

 

• Medical Biochemistry II (5)

 

Term 5 (8 credits – 15 Weeks)

 

• Physiology I (4)

 

• Physiology II (4)

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*Tuition rounded when appropriate, rate reflected above represents the fixed rate for a student entering during the 2020-2021 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change and may not be reflected on this website or other SCU materials. Please contact us for the most updated information. For a complete listing of SCU fees, please refer to the academic catalog.

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