Biomedical Sciences: Additional Details

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Applicants and students of the Biomedical Sciences Program should be aware of the following:

In order to progress in the Biomedical Sciences program, students must:

  • Maintain a 2.70 GPA and complete all required science didactics, labs, and health science core classes with a C or better

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences is dependent on students completing:

  • A minimum 124 credit hours with a 2.70 cumulative GPA or better
  • The prescribed course of study with a minimum of 42 upper division credits
  • At least 62 residency hours, unless the student has an earned college degree previous to enrolling at AHU. Degree-holding students will require a minimum of 36 residency hours.
  • Service learning requirements
  • A degree audit and submission of graduation application

We know nearly all professional programs expect applicants to have documented job shadowing experience. It's crucial for students to understand their intended career before committing their resources to a graduate program, and we encourage our students to take that opportunity for growth. When students arrange their own job shadowing to cater to their personal interests, it yields the most formative experience. We recommend our students begin job shadowing during their sophomore or junior years.


Hands-on experience dealing with patients is an often prerequisite for students applying for professional health care positions. We recommend upwards of 2,000 clinical hours or the equivalent of one year's full-time work.


Our students volunteer in the local community, embark on mission trips, and actively broaden their understanding of underserved populations. This is all founded on building a personal philosophy of healthcare as ministry. Service-learning opportunities are also integral to the Biomedical Sciences major, connecting course objectives with service projects.


The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is the test required for admission into medical school. This test has been immensely overhauled for spring of 2015. Explanations of new content on the test can be found at:


Some PA programs require the PA-CAT and others may require the GRE. Here at AHU, the PA-CAT is the required standardized examination to enter the PA program. Information about each test can be found at: