November 04, 2016
Susquehanna University has added a new major specifically designed to prepare students for entrance to multiple medical professions and graduate school.
The rigorous biomedical sciences major combines a solid foundation in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and physics with more applied courses related to the study of the human body. Courses in the social sciences prepares students for the field of biomedicine as healthcare practitioners and biomedical researchers.
This major encompasses meeting the requirements for admission to medical and other professional programs, and includes the necessary coursework to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and the Optometry Admission Test (OAT.)
"We are very excited to offer this opportunity to our students," said Madeleine Rhyneer, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Susquehanna University. "Our new biomedical sciences major emphasizes research with biology and social science professors. The MCAT exam has changed significantly, and now more than ever students with a broad-based education are advantaged in their score results. Few liberal arts college offer this program which focuses on comprehensive preparation and multi-faceted opportunities post-graduation."
The new program builds on Susquehanna's already strong pre-professional preparation. Three of the Susquehanna students who have recently taken the MCAT received distinguished scores.
"Students completing this major will also be well prepared for admission to graduate study programs in biomedicine, such as cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, immunology or microbiology," said Margaret Peeler, professor of biology, at Susquehanna University, "and in biomedical research settings."