WVSOM Bridge Program

West Liberty University & WV School of Osteopathic Medicine
Joint Master of Arts in Biology with Medical School Emphasis

The Master of Arts in Biology, with a major in Biomedical Sciences (MAB), is designed for students to demonstrate they can be successful at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Students will take West Liberty University graduate-level courses in human biology and medicine to improve their overall academic credentials and prove they can handle the rigors of medical school.

Requirements for Guaranteed Admission to WVSOM:

Students must:

  • Have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.4 with a 3.2 Science GPA by July 15th (application deadline).
  • Have at least one recommendation from an M.D. or D.O. (non-relative), one recommendation from a pre-med advisor, and one additional recommendation from a faculty member or employer.
  • Have an acceptable interview with the WVSOM admissions office prior to matriculation.
  • Complete the program within one year from the date of matriculation.
  • Graduate from the MAB with a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • Have an MCAT score of 498 or higher by July 15th (application deadline).
  • Have no more than one “C” grade in their West Liberty University Master of Arts in Biology with Medical School Emphasis coursework.
  • Complete AACOMAS application, WVSOM supplemental application, and all other documents required for matriculation at WVSOM.
    WVSOM will notify students who qualify regarding the due date for these items.
  • Applications are due prior to July 15th
  • Applicants reviewed
  • WVSOM pre-matriculation interviews will be in June or early July
  • Date of matriculation to West Liberty (August)
  • 1st semester (15 credit hours) August to December
  • 2nd semester (15 credit hours) January to May
  • Graduation (2nd weekend of May)
  • Deposit due within 2 weeks of graduation and acceptance to WVSOM

Requirements for Applying to the MAB Program 
with no promise of Guaranteed Admission to WVSOM:

Students must have:

  • Undergraduate degrees should be in Biology, Chemistry, or a related field. Consideration will be given to students receiving a Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated area as long as 18 biology course credits were completed.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher with a science GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Taken the MCAT and scored above 485.

Application Deadlines

  • June 1st is the application deadline for students who
    do not meet the minimum MCAT and GPA requirements for guaranteed admission.
  • July 15th is the application deadline for students eligible for guaranteed admission to WVSOM.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 304-336-8015.

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The MAB Program Requirements:

  • Students must take a minimum of 30 credit hours in the Biomedical Science major, of the following disciplines:
    • Anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, pathology, cell biology, and/or genetics.
  • Students must complete the MAB in one year from the date of matriculation.

Students who successfully complete the MAB with the specified GPA and MCAT score will be guaranteed admission to the upcoming Osteopathic Medical School class at WVSOM.

Graduation from the MAB Program:

  • Successful completion of the MAB requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than six (6) credit hours of “C” grades may be applied to the total hours for graduation.
  • Students who wish to be considered for admission who did not meet the Guaranteed Admission Requirements to WVSOM may apply through the regular admission process and their application will be reviewed after the first semester and may be invited to interview by the WVSOM admission office for matriculation to WVSOM after completion of the MAB.  Students who graduate from the program, who apply the following year will have their files reviewed by WVSOM for next year’s admission cycle.

Biomedical Major Required Courses:

Fall Semester (14 hours)

BIO 502      3 credit hours     Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 503      1 credit hour       Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
BIO 570      3 credit hours    Biological Chemistry
BIO 513       1 credit hour       Professional course/MCAT prep
Elective 1    3 or 4 credit hours
Elective 2   3 credit hours                                                       

Total hours = 14 or 15 credit hours

Optional Electives (Need at least 4 courses)

BIO 501      3 credit hours     Advanced Genetics and Geonomics
BIO 507     3 credit hours     Human Genetics
BIO 512      3 credit hours     Neuroscience
BIO 516      3 credit hours     Medical Microbiology
BIO 532     4 credit hours        Histology
BIO 534     3 credit hours        Endocrinology
BIO 560     3 credit hours        Molecular Biology
BIO 562     3 credit hours        Microbial Pathogenesis
BIO 564     3 credit hours        Medical Parasitology
BIO 565     3 credit hours         Virology
BIO 572     3 credit hours         Cell Biology


Spring Semester (16 hours)

BIO 528      3 credit hours     Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 529      1 credit hour        Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BIO 523      3 credit hours     Pathophysiology (or Elective)
BIO 517       3 credit hours     Advanced Immunology
Elective 3   3 credit hours 
Elective 4   3 credit hours                                                                                    

Total hours = 16 credit hours

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