Graduate Programs


Ph.D. in Biomedical Science- SOM

  • interdisciplinary  programs train for careers in biomedical research and education 
  • specializations in neuroscience, molecular oncology, vision science, microbiology & immunology, developmental biology and anatomy, reproductive biology

Ph.D. in Biomedical Science-Integrated

Physician Assistant Program

M.S. Biomedical Science

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

  • prepares genetic counselors to work with families at risk for genetic disease or birth defects. Accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). 
  • includes course work, clinical rotations, and a research-based thesis

Master's Program in Nurse Anesthesia

  • trains registered nurses to develop, implement, and evaluate the anesthetic plan of care for patients; includes didactic courses and clinical experience with over 1000 cases and a minimum of 800 hours
  • graduates are eligible for certification by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists 
  • a cooperative program between the School of Medicine and the Richland Memorial Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia

Master's Program in Rehabilitation Counseling

  • provides technical and professional training which prepares counselors to aid in the rehabilitation of disabled and disadvantaged persons 
  • reassigned within the University in 1994 from the College of Education to the School of Medicine; now based in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science

Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

  • cross-disciplinary training to assist individuals with severe, long term mental illnesses in securing and maintaining employment.
  • content areas include the characteristics of severe long-term mental illnesses, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation methods, and the recovery process
  • all coursework is available on campus or online in distance education format.

Dual Degrees


  • Plan of study for students interested in careers in academic medicine or medical research
  • Students receive both the MD degree and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical science in approximately six (6) years


  • Prepares future physicians for a career in managed care, practicing evidence-based medicine, ensuring effective preventive medicine for patients, and administering medical offices and/or community, state and federal health organizations
  • Students learn a broad range of public health concepts, issues and opportunities
  • Students receive both the MD degree and the MPH in approximately five (5) years

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences

  • One-year certificate program for students who aspire to enter medical school or pursue graduate-level education in health sciences
  • Opportunity to enhance student’s professional-school resume
  • Coursework offered in areas of anatomy, genetics, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and neuroscience along with several other courses in the biomedical sciences