Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS)

Biomedical Sciences is a rapidly advancing field where newer discoveries and technological inventions are a constant feature. Newer technologies require newer skills and competencies. College of Medicine, with a view to cater to this demand for trained technologists and researchers started the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences [BBMS] program in the year 2014.

BBMS program is innovative and best suited for students who are interested in Biomedical sciences and are planning a future in Clinical Laboratories/ Medical diagnostics/ Healthcare/ Life science industry or aspire to do cutting-edge Biomedical Research.

BBMS program is of 4-year duration with program learning outcomes aligned to Level 7 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates and to the Quality Code for Higher Education Subject Benchmark Statement for Biomedical Sciences, UK.

The program comprises of general education courses and a number of core courses which lay a strong foundation in biomedical and clinical laboratory sciences. Students are posted in laboratories for pre-internship experience in the 7th semester. The last semester is internship in the CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group.

Research is an important part of the program. Courses in Biostatistics and Research Methodology is followed by a research project in the final year. Thumbay Laboratories, Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research and Thumbay Institute of Population Health support the faculty and students of the college to undertake research.

Students are encouraged to take summer elective training within the country and abroad in either research or diagnostic laboratories as per their interest and choice.

On successful completion of the program, the BBMS graduates will be able to work as technologists in clinical/research laboratories or in the medical diagnostics industry. They will also be well prepared for further graduate studies in fields such as Genetics, Molecular Diagnostics, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Microbiology, Public Health etc.

  • BBMS program is a 4-year / 8-semester / 128-Credit Hours program
  • Program learning outcomes are aligned to Level 7 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates
  • The first two semesters are mainly General Education and Introduction to biomedical sciences. General education courses in the program are equivalent to 27 credits
  • Semesters 3 to 7 are core biomedical and clinical laboratory sciences equivalent to 84 credits.
  • Summer elective training in research/diagnostic laboratories in UAE or abroad as per the student’s choice after years 2 and 3.
  • Research related courses include Skills for research, Biostatistics, Research Methodology
  • All students complete a “hands-on” research project in the final year worth 5 credits under the supervision of the faculty.
  • Pre-internship experience in the 7th
  • The last semester is devoted to internship, equivalent to 12 credits, where the student is rotated to various sections of the CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group.
  • The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 years of school education.
  • All applicants must complete 17 years of age on or before the 31st December in the year of admission.
  • The applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant must have passed any one of the following English Language Proficiency Tests with a minimum score as applicable, of 1100 EmSAT Achieve (UAE Standardized test in English Language)/ 500 TOEFL (CBT 173 iBT 61)/ IELTS Academic 5.0/ PTE A (36-44)/ Cambridge ESOL (41)/ or equivalent in any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • The applicants from UAE education system offering Advanced stream / General Track or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria must have secured an overall average of 70% or above marks as per UAE Secondary School Education Standards and should have scored an aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
  • Applicants from non-UAE educational systems must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above and minimum marks in the Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) as listed below:
    Country Education System Minimum Grade requirements as per UAE Grade Equivalence for BBMS/BPT/ BHS  program
    UAE UAE

    (Advanced stream / General Track or Abu Dhabi Education Council)

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade) and above in the 12th Grade.

    · Completed all 3 Science subjects ( Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12thGrades)

    · An aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    India Indian State Board

     

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 60% (B Grade) and above in the 12th Grade.

    · An aggregate score of 55% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    Indian Central Board/ICSE Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade) and above in the 12th Grade.

    · An aggregate score of 50% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    Pakistan

    Bangladesh

    Pakistan Board

    Bangladeshi Board

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade) and above in the 12th Grade.

    · An aggregate score of 50%or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    UK IGCSE/GCE Studied in all 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in O Level, with a

    Minimum of:

    · Grade ‘Cs in all ‘O’ level subjects and ‘D’ any of the two Science subjects in AS level and ‘E’ in A Level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)

    ECTS International

    Baccalaureate

    Student should secure an overall minimum 22 points

    · Must have at least 2 Science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)

    USA American Diploma Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade) and above. Studied higher level of science subjects.

     

  • Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above as per International Grade Conversion Table published by WES.
  • All applicants shall be evaluated for cognitive and non-cognitive traits demonstrating their aptitude for the chosen area of study by the Admissions Committee which include a personal interview. Admission is finalized on a competitive basis.

The program provides the students with competencies needed for a career in Biomedical Sciences, and for further studies in Genetics, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology, Immunology, Public Health etc

Job prospects for Biomedical Science graduate include:

  • Medical Technologist* in
    • Clinical Laboratories in Hospitals and Medical Centers
    • Toxicology Laboratories
    • IVF Labs
    • Forensic Labs
  • Technologist in Research Laboratories, Government and Municipality laboratories
  • Biomedical Specialist in companies manufacturing/marketing Biomedical supplies
  • Research Assistants in R&D in Biomedical/Pharmaceutical industries
  • Journalists / Science writers in medical/health-related publications

After fulfilling requirements of respective licensing authorities.