Medical Science Major
College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BS, Medical Science
Department Chair Scott Massey, PhD
Darci L. Brown, Assistant Professor, BS Buffalo State College, MSPAS Arcadia University
Abigail Davis, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, BS, MS Marywood University
Stanley J. Dudrick, Professor, BS Franklin and Marshall College, MD University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Scott L. Massey, Professor, AS Kettering College of Medical Arts, BS Regents College, MS University of Dayton, PhD Andrews University
Balancing strong preparation in the life sciences with an intensive year of pre-clinical education, Misericordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (BSMS) provides students with nationally-normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education. The program engages students in a sequence of specialized, medically-based courses that provides strong preparation for work in a physician assistant studies program at the graduate level. Freshman students are accepted to the BSMS program each fall in cohorts of 20. To receive the BSMS, students complete a curriculum of 125-131 semester hours.
Faculty teaching in the program include the eminent surgeon and research scientist Stanley J. Dudrick, MD, veteran physician assistants, and gifted researchers and teachers from the university’s biology and chemistry/biochemistry departments.
The mission of the Misericordia University pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Medical Science program is to prepare exceptional students for success in graduate degree work in Physician Assistant studies. Graduates will achieve their maximum potential as able, caring, compassionate, competent, idealistic pre-professionals. The program’s educational environment will promote an ethos of service, responsibility, morals and ethics, a quest for excellence, and an avid desire for self-directed lifelong learning in a spiritually enriched environment, while preparing students to apply evidence-based knowledge.
Program graduates will exhibit honesty, communication skills, talents, dedication, self-discipline, initiative, resourcefulness, and judgment as pre-professional Physician Assistant Studies candidates. Graduates will be dedicated to their patients and communities, showing respect for the dignity, worth, and rights of others, while serving with integrity, accountability, and trust as developing leaders in an evolving profession, and as potential advocates and innovators for augmenting, complementing, and advancing the quality, accessibility, and transformation of the healthcare system.
Progression from the third year of Misericordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Science to the didactic year of the proposed program is open to matriculants of the undergraduate curriculum who have met, or will have met, by the end of the spring semester prior to fall semester didactic year coursework the following pre-requisites:
Successful transfer applicants will hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 3.3, having completed at least 15 college credits, have a science grade point average of 3.0, and have a proven record of success in high school and have no disciplinary actions on record. Transfer applicants must successfully complete an interview with Physician Assistant Program faculty to be accepted into the program.
Program Goals and Outcomes
The following are program goals for the Medical Science major, in which students will:
The Medical Science major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes: