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October 2015 - Volume 12 - Issue 4

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Larkin Health Science Institute College of Biomedical Sciences

The Masters of Biological Sciences at Larkin Health Sciences Institute is an innovative one-year professional master’s degree. The program provides an opportunity for individuals aspiring to health science careers to prepare for professional studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or research. Students will bolster their preparation for further studies The curriculum contains coursework similar to that experienced in the first year of medical, dentistry, and pharmacy schools. Our program offers the opportunity to participate in anatomy classes using fresh frozen cadavers. The use of the Miami Anatomical Research Center (M.A.R.C.) will allow our students to gain knowledge by exposure to fresh frozen cadavers that our residency students also train with for surgical procedures. The Biomedical Sciences Program at Larkin Health Sciences Institute has a unique advantage due to its partnership with Larkin Community Hospital, one of only 12 statutory teaching hospitals in the state of Floridathat offers the largest number of training programs for Osteopathic Physicians in the United States (offering training in more than 30 different specialties), an allopathic residency program in Psychiatry, an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program, an American Society of Health System Pharmacists Accredited Pharmacy Residency Program and a Podiatric Medicine. Our master’s program will give our students unique shadowing opportunities that are only available at a teaching hospital.
 
Why should you consider this master’s program? If you have had a GPA or MCAT/PCAT/DAT scores that have hindered your success in acceptance to doctoral level education in health care, then this program may be for you. Our goal is to elevate your GPA by gaining 30 credits of graduate education, give you access to research in working with our faculty or developing your own research under the guidance of a faculty member, and expose you to areas of health care through Larkin’s extensive network of teaching services that does not compare to any others in our area, and is unique even in the nation.
 
Our administration and faculty are dedicated to seeing our students achieve their goals of becoming life-long health professionals. Just this past semester four of our students were accepted to medical schools who were previously denied the opportunity and several have begun Ph.D. programs. This year, many of those graduates are working on their applications using the education they have received to apply to medical, dental and pharmacy schools all over the nation.
 
The College has just submitted our application to the Accreditation Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which is the first step in gaining accreditation. This is a national accreditation agency that will open the door for LHSI students to apply for federal Title IV funding. At present, students can apply to Sallie Mae, iHelp, and other programs that have approved LHSI for student loans.
 
ACICS Accreditation will pave the way for regional accreditation which requires a longer life cycle to apply. As soon as we are eligible, in a few years we will be applying for institutional accreditation for all of our programs through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
 
Finally, graduates from the College of Biomedical Sciences Program will automatically receive an interview from the College of Pharmacy if pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree is their goal. This will put them in a much smaller applicant pool compared to all other applicants. This will also be the case for the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Dentistry when they are completed in the next three to five years. In the meantime, we have agreements with a number of medical schools who are willing to fast track our students to interviews.
The Larkin Health Science Institute is now accepting students for enrollment in the spring 2016 and fall 2016 cohorts. For more information, contact Dr. Carol Brenner, Dean of the College of Biomedical Sciences, or LeAnn Doyle, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator, at (305) 760-7504 or CBrenner@ularkin.org or LDoyle@ularkin.org. For more information, visit www.ularkin.org/college-of-biomedical-sciences/. You will also see our online application on this site.
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