Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies


The Program

Balancing strong preparation in the life sciences with an intensive year of pre-clinical education, Lenoir Rhyne University’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies (BSMS) provides students with nationally-normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education.


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Admission Requirements 3+2

The minimum criteria for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies as a freshman student are:

  1. Class rank in the top third of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 3.3 unweighted grade point average 
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 1100 for Critical Reading and Math combined or equivalent ACT composite score (23)
  3. Meeting the minimum requirements guarantees consideration for the Physician Assistant program, but does not imply automatic acceptance.
  4. Preferential acceptance is given those students who have met the minimum requirements and have completed the Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies


(BSMS) Progression Requirements

In addition to fulfilling university requirements and following all university policies for graduate program standing and progression, students enrolled in the MSPAS curriculum or entering from a proposed undergraduate component (please see below) must observe the following progression requirements:

  • Adherence to all course pre-requisites
  • Adherence, as developmentally appropriate, to codes and standards of the Physician Assistant profession and demonstration of generic abilities in professional behavior
  • Maintenance of good program standing, as defined by the university, for entrance into the clinical year of the curriculum
  • Demonstration, as is developmentally appropriate, of progress toward graduation competencies of the MSPAS curriculum
  • Progression from the third year of the 3+2 undergraduate component to the didactic year of the MSPAS curriculum is open to matriculants of the undergraduate component who have met, or will have met, by the end of the winter semester prior to summer semester didactic year coursework the following pre-requisites:
    • All required science courses, electives, and core curriculum courses completed prior to entrance into didactic coursework
    • A minimum average cummulative unweighted grade point average of 3.3 in required science courses
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3


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