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M.S. in Biomolecular Science (Post-Bacc, Pre-Med)

Program Overview

Program Overview

With a variety of post-bacc pre-med programs to choose from, you need a program to give your application the competitive edge it needs. You will graduate from our faith-based program, located in Nashville, Tennessee, prepared for your future and a successful career.

Our Biomolecular Science post-bacc pre-med program emphasizes an understanding of the application of experimental research to medicine. Students will complete courses both in the lab and in the classroom. Current primary literature based courses include Cancer Biology, Clinical Research, Immunology, Cellular Molecular Physiology, Stem Cell Biology and others. Choose a concentration in either Human Disease or Laboratory Research, and we will give you the experience, opportunities and skills necessary to stand out.

There are also research opportunities in the areas of cancer biology, immunology and infectious disease, the microbiome and parasitology. You can view faculty members' bio's below for more information about their research.

Whatever your ultimate career goal, be it clinical or laboratory in nature, the Lipscomb BMS program and faculty will provide you the guidance, education and experience necessary to ensure that you are a strong applicant and valuable asset in a growing market of patient facing careers.

Program Outcomes

Our established post-bacc program with over 10 years experience has produced students with a proven track record of success.

  • 77% of our pre-med grads are accepted to medical school
  • 90% acceptance to Ph.D. programs

Not going to med school right away? This program is an excellent addition for your medical school application. It also serves as a great boost to your professional resume and future employment opportunities.

Other graduates from our program have achieved their goals and become dentists, started their own biotech companies, found success in medical sales and clinical research. 

The curriculum is created with an emphasis on: Molecular biology, including experimental design and laboratory techniques; The application of molecular biology to human disease, specifically infectious diseases and cancer biology; and scientific communication. All skills which will aid you in your scientific endeavors.

Why Earn a Degree at Lipscomb?

With a variety of post-bacc pre-med programs to choose from, you need a program to give you a competitive edge in the workforce. Lipscomb University is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing our students with health care and research opportunities both while in the program and beyond. Let Lipscomb’s Career Development Center help you improve your resume, give you a mock interview and connect you with local job or shadowing opportunities to gain valuable experience in your chosen field. If you hope to progress onto a health-related professional school, Lipscomb’s Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) office can help revise your personal statement and provide valuable counseling to help strengthen your application.

With an average cohort size of less than 15, you'll get the attention you crave and deserve from proven faculty who are not only extensively published and performing cutting-edge research but are passionate about mentoring students. Our faculty are deeply committed to your academic, professional and spiritual preparation throughout the program and beyond.

Our research-based program will provide you experience that will help you stand out as an applicant for a professional program while also providing you a marketable degree that you can leverage to gain an exciting career following graduation. 

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application
  2. Official transcripts from all schools attended
  3. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. 1-2 page Personal Statement 
  5. Resume or CV
  6. The ideal candidate has undergraduate lab experiences, courses in cell or molecular biology, infectious disease and statistics, an average GPA of at least a 3.3 and a test score above the 50th percentile.

Priority deadlines

Fall, Spring and Summer cohorts:

  • Fall — July 1 
  • Spring  (Human Disease Track-only) — November 1 
  • Summer — April 1 
    • We do still consider applications received after the application deadline. However, you risk being put on the waitlist for that cohort.


All students in this program must complete the following Biomolecular Science courses:

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is $1,080 per credit hour.

Types of Aid


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Program Highlights

1 Year Post-Bacc, Pre-Med Preparation

Pursuing an M.S. in Biomolecular Science provides extended research opportunities to secure a competitive edge when applying to medical school. This is an exceptionally useful way to spend your gap year.

Evening Courses

This program offers classes on-campus in the evening hours, allowing you to work full-time and focus on your career while gaining skills.There are also opportunities to apply classroom learning to your job.

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.

Alumni and Student Stories

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Jazmine Stubblefield M.S. '19

“Not only did the BMS program allow me to become a competitive applicant and later be accepted into all the dental schools I applied to, it also allowed me to advance my overall knowledge of science and it helped me discover a love for research. This experience was a huge stepping stone to living out my dream to be a dentist."

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Jaclyn Corso Holley M.S. '17

“The program in its entirety taught me how to be confident in myself, as well as in my knowledge. I learned a wide array of research techniques and how to effectively apply those in an independent lab. The most important thing I want to share is that Lipscomb is family and the faculty cares about each of their students.”

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Etherton Jonga M.S. '18

“The journey to be an MD has seemed less daunting because of the acquired independence and investigative skills that I had to apply to be successful in this program. I can look back at all the hours I spent preparing for a short presentation just to make it the way I wanted it, and that is not the dedication I had prior to this program.”

Charles Lanman M.S.’16

Lanman’s research in genetics and computational biology has led him on a quest to develop custom health, nutrition, fitness and wellness programs through the exploration of an individual’s DNA. The result? The launch of HealthCodes DNA.

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Lindsay Davison M.S. ’17, ’18

Davison was one of the co-authors of a study on the effects of progeria on mice. Progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes accelerated aging, is one of the leading causes of heart disease among humans.

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Post-Bacc, Pre-Med Research

The post-baccalaureate pre-med program places a strong emphasis on knowledge of how experimental research is used in clinical practice. Since the program's start, 90% of applicants to Ph.D. programs have been accepted, and 77% of its pre-med graduates have been accepted to medical schools.

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Our Faculty

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    Bonny Millimaki


    Bonny Millimaki is an associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University in...

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    Jon Lowrance

    Department Chair - Biology

    Jon H. Lowrance is a professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He received his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

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    Kyle Brawner

    Assistant Professor

    Kyle Brawner joined the Lipscomb Biology Department in August 2020 as an assistant professor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Lipscomb in 2012 and his Ph.D....

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    Brian Ellis

    Associate Professor

    After completing my Ph.D. studying viral delivery systems for carrying targeted gene therapy components in the lab of Matt Porteus (now at Stanford), I went on to do postdoctoral research...

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    Hannah King

    Instructor & Research Lab Coordinator

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    Josh Owens

    Assistant Professor

    Josh Owens was raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Following a family legacy, Josh attended Lipscomb where he majored in Molecular Biology and graduated in 2016. After Lipscomb, Josh attended Emory University...

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    Amanda Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Amanda Williams was raised in Providence, Kentucky. She met her husband, Rick, at the Green Hills Starbucks when they were both college students at Lipscomb (B.S., Biology). Upon graduation, she...

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Career Paths

Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Chemists and Materials Scientists

Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and analyze the ways in which the substances interact with one another. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.


Doctors are in charge of all aspects of patient care from diagnosis to treatment plan. Any area of expertise is a helpful aid for this responsibility.

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.