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] programin 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 is internationally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, UK and listed on their website (https://careers.ibms.org/students/accredited-degree-courses/undergraduate-non-uk-courses/)

The program has well designed courses which lay a strong foundation in biomedical and clinical laboratory sciences with a good mix of theory and hands-on practical sessions.

All students are encouraged to take elective training within the country and abroad during their summer and winter breaks in either research or diagnostic laboratories as per their interest and choice. Students are posted in the  CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group in the last semester which prepares them well for future work.

Research is an important part of the program. Students do a mandatory hands-on Research Project in the final year, which is facilitated by the Thumbay Diagnostic Laboratories, Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine and the Thumbay Hospitals which are all a part of the Academic Health System.

On successful completion of the program, BBMS graduates will be able to work as technologists in clinical/research laboratories or in the medical diagnostics industry or pursue further graduate studies.

The program provides students with an excellent foundation for further graduate studies in fields such as Genetics, Molecular Diagnostics, Cancer Biology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Public Health etc.

BBMS program graduates can undertake their mandatory 6-month internship required for licensing to practice as a technologist in the UAEinternship in Thumbay laboratory, Gulf Medical University (which is an approved training site of MOHAP) or at any MOHAP/DHA/SEHA approved laboratory in the UAE.

Program offered and local accreditation status

https://www.caa.ae/Pages/Programs/Details.aspx?GUID=1049

 

Chair/program coordinator: Prof. Gomathi K G

 

Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge and understanding of principles and concepts in biomedical sciences and allied fields.
  • Apply knowledge in biomedical sciences for solving problems in the health-related fields and critically assess the results.
  • Analyze critically and integrate new knowledge obtained through research with concepts from allied fields.
  • Perform biomedical and clinical laboratory procedures, using an evidence-based approach, to function effectively in the assigned role.
  • Plan and perform research in biomedical sciences using appropriate tools.
  • Manage various problems arising in the workplace using innovative thinking and appropriate management skills.
  • Use informatics and communication skills for management of records, adapting to advances in technology, and to enhance work performance.
  • Function as an effective leader and team member, when dealing with peers and superiors, in technical and research teams, to ensure achievement of group and individual outcomes.
  • Assist health professionals, in inter-professional teams, in health promotion and disease prevention through health education and implementing basic preventive measures.
  • Take decisions and actions paying due attention to patient safety and confidentiality, cultural diversity and legal requirements by observing relevant rules and regulations.
  • Observe ethical standards, self-evaluate and possess skills of life-long learning for maintenance of competence and advancement in profession.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 128 credits (includes research project and clinical laboratory training credits)
  • Obtaining a minimum CGPA of 2.0
  • A minimum pass mark of 60% (Grade D) for each course
  • 4-year (8-semester), 128-credit program
  • Program learning outcomes are aligned to Level 7 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates
  • General education courses (20 credits)
  • Core Biomedical science and Clinical laboratory science courses 2nd -7th Semesters (88 credits)
  • Elective training in research/diagnostic laboratories in UAE or abroad during winter and summer breaks
  • Hands-on research project (5 credits)
  • Clinical laboratory placement in 8th semester in state-of-the-art Thumbay diagnostic laboratories (15 credits)

Study Plan (Cohort 2020)

Semester – 1

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/

Activity hours

Prerequisites
ENG 101 English* 3 3 0 None
CHM 114 Chemistry 3 3 0 None
MBS 112 Mathematics* 3 3 0 None
HUB 101 Human Biology 2 2 0 None
USO 101 UAE Society and cultural diversity* 2 2 0 None
IBM 101 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 1 1 0 None
Semester Total 14 14 0

 

*General Education courses

Semester – 2

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/

Activity hours

Prerequisites
BCH 201 Biochemistry- I 3 2 2 CHM 114
BSE 101 Behavioral Sciences and Ethics* 3 3 0 None
ATI 201 Analytical Techniques and Instrumentation 2 0 4 None
CBH 201 Cell Biology and Histology 3 2 2 HUB 101
ICU 101 Islamic Culture* 2 2 0 None
ITE101 Information Technology Skills* 1 0 2 None
AHP 101 Arabic for Health Professionals* 1 1 0 0
Semester Total 15 10 10  

 

*General education courses

Semester – 3

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/

Activity hours

Prerequisites
HAP 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology- I 4 3 2 HUB 101
BIS 101 Biostatistics* 3 3 0 None
HGE 201 Human Genetics 3 2 2 HUB 101
BCH 202 Biochemistry- II 3 2 2 BCH 201
NUT 202 Nutrition 2 2 0 BCH 201
Semester Total 15 12 6  

 

Semester – 4

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/

Activity hours

Prerequisites
HAP 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology -II 4 3 2 HAP 201
MBO 202 Molecular Biology 3 2 2 HGE 201

BCH 201

MIC 202 Microbiology 3 2 2 None
EIS 101 Entrepreneurship Innovation and Sustainability* 3 3 0 None
HDB 201 Human Developmental Biology 2 2 0 HUB 101
EPI 302 Epidemiology 2 1 2 None
Semester Total 17 13 8

 

Semester – 5

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/ Prerequisites
Activity hours
PAT 301 Pathology-I 4 3 2 HAP 202

CBH 201

PHR 301 Pharmacology-I 3 3 0 HAP 202
IMM 301 Immunology 3 2 2 MIC 202
MMI 301 Medical Microbiology- I 3 2 2 MIC 202
RME 101 Research Methods 2 2 0 None
BIF 201 Bioinformatics 2 1 2 MBO 202
Semester Total 17 13 8  

 

Semester – 6

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/ Prerequisites
Activity hours
MMI 302 Medical Microbiology – II 4 3 2 MIC 202
PAT 302 Pathology-II 4 3 2 PAT 301
BCH 202
PHR 302 Pharmacology-II 3 3 0 PHR 301
FRM 302 Forensic Medicine and Toxicology 2 2 0 HAP 202
PHR 301
ELE 302 Environmental and Occupational Health ENO 302/ Neuroscience NSC 302/ Cancer Biology CBO 302 2 2 0 As per each course**
PRO 401 Research Project-I (Proposal) 1 0 2 RME 101
JCB 401 Journal Club 1 0 2 ITE 101
Semester Total 17 13 8  

 

**Pre-requisites ENO 302 -Nil, Neuroscience- HAP 202, Cancer Biology – CBH 201, MBO 202

Semester – 7

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/ Prerequisites
Activity hours
CBT 401 Clinical Biochemistry 3 2 2 PAT 302
HTS 401 Hematology and Transfusion Science 3 2 2 PAT 302
IMM 301
MMB 401 Medical Molecular Biology 3 2 2 MBO 202
BEN 401 Biochemical Endocrinology 2 2 0 PAT 302

PHR 302

CIM 401 Clinical Immunology 2 1 2 IMM 301
PRO 402 Research Project –II 2 0 4 PRO 401
CLT 401 Clinical Laboratory training (CLT 401)(6 hrs/week)# 2 0 6
Semester Total 17 9 18  

 

#Can also be done in summer/winter breaks as an elective

Semester – 8

Course Code Course Title Credit Lectures hours Laboratory/ Prerequisites
Activity hours
CLT 402 Clinical Laboratory Training (21 weeks, 5 days/week, 6 hours/day) 13 40 All Semester 1 to 7 courses
LBM 401 Laboratory Management 1 0 2
PRO 403 Research Project-III 2 0 4 PRO 402
Semester Total 16 0 46  

 

Course Descriptions

ENG 101:  English Language

The course provides an intensive instruction in the communication process in English focusing on the organization of ideas in well-developed expository and argumentative essays with emphasis on developing vocabulary and writing. In the process the students will be able to document their learning experiences effectively. This course prepares students to be proficient in spoken and written English. It is intended to improve the use of the English language as a basic tool for professional communications.

CHM 114: Chemistry

The course covers topics related to the different chemical concepts including atomic and electronic structures, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular forms, intermolecular bonding & forces and chemical reactions. Organic compounds and reactions and their biological significance shall also be discussed. The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with common chemicals, their structure, properties and actions. The student will be able to apply principles of pH, acid-base reactions, inter-molecular interactions, organic compounds and reactions, to understand common chemical reactions in the living systems.

MBS 112: Mathematics

This course provides concepts of mathematics including concepts of precalculus needed for students of biological sciences. The course will emphasize content relevant to analyzing biological systems and application to biological systems will be illustrated. The objective of this course is to prepare the student to apply principles of mathematics including functions and their limits, derivatives of functions, integrals and solve first order linear equations to understand biological systems.

GE-HUB 101: Human Biology

This course provides the relevant foundation in biology for students of biomedical sciences. It introduces students to the overall structure and functioning of the major human body systems including the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, neuromuscular and endocrine systems. Concepts of genes and heredity, infection and immunity as well as the relationship between man and environment are also covered.

USO 101: UAE Society & Cultural Diversity

This course focuses on the unique nature of the UAE society and its political, geographical, cultural, demographical, and social aspects. It highlights the Emirati perspective of contemporary global changes. This course allows the students to explore the Emirati society in global context. The students will be able to get an insight into the unique political, geographical, cultural, demographical, and social aspects of the UAE society. They will use this knowledge in their interpersonal dealings with the individual members of this community when they meet them in the work-related settings or the community. Students will develop awareness of cultural diversity advantages and disadvantages and discuss cultural, social and communication sensitivities and will be able to relate themselves to global context.

IBM 101: Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

Introduction to Biomedical Sciences course is a mix of interactive seminars, discussions, laboratory visits and group activities. The aim of the course is to orient students to the field of biomedical science, roles of Biomedical Scientists and possible career pathways. Seminars by professionally qualified biomedical scientists will introduce students to ongoing research in biomedical science fields and the contribution of biomedical research to advancement of medical science. Students will also be taken on visits to various laboratories to introduce them to future careers and workplaces.

BCH 201: Biochemistry-I

The aim of the Biochemistry-I course is to provide the student with an understanding of the basic structures of biomolecules and their roles in the human body. Comprehension of the structure-function relationships will enable the student to appreciate derangement of function resulting from abnormalities in structures of the biomolecules. Roles of enzymes and coenzymes and their mechanisms of action are also highlighted.

BSE 101:  Behavioral Sciences and Ethics

The course is designed to give an overview of the main topics in behavioral sciences and Ethics including biological basis of behavior, mental processes, sensation and perception, learning, motivation, intelligence, human development, personality and universal ethical principles. Students will be trained to display sensitivity to cultural, psychosocial and ethical issues.

ATI 201: Analytical Techniques and Instrumentation

This course is designed to introduce the student to principles and applications of common analytical techniques used in biomedical sciences. Students will also learn to perform simple laboratory procedures and calculations. This course will provide a good foundation for the laboratory sessions in courses learnt during the 4th-8th semesters.

MET 101: Medical Terminology

The Medical Terminology course introduces students to the professional language used by those involved with the health sciences sector.It deals with the definition and explanation of common medical terms used in biomedical sciences. Students will develop the skills to understand complex medical terms by learning about the different components of the words. By the end of the course the student will be able to identify, spell, pronounce and define root words, prefixes and suffixes commonly used in the medical field. In addition, the student will also be able to understand and use common medical abbreviations.

ICU 101: Islamic Culture

The course aims to introduce the learner to the concepts and beliefs in Islam that form the basics of Islamic culture. The students are expected to identify the differences, compare values and preferences in Islamic culture with the existing ones. The course consists of a general review of Islam as a religion and as an approach to life. The objective of this course is to enable the student to demonstrate awareness of the effects of culture upon interpersonal communications and to interact appropriately to the culture of the colleague/patient.

ITE 101:  Information Technology Skills

This course aims to develop effective literature search, scientific writing and presentation skills using information technology. Students will be able to perform an effective literature search using various databases, write a review on a scientific topic, prepare effective tables and graphs and present effective oral and poster presentations. The student will be made aware about plagiarism as well.

AHP 101:  Arabic for Health Professionals

The course is designed for both Arabic and non-Arabic speakers to enable them to communicate in health professional settings. Role plays will help students of basic and advanced levels at the same time to understand each other’s problems while speaking to the person with language limitations of any kind. Course will enable non-native speakers to acquire basic knowledge in greetings and simple communication with patients. All students will function as effective team members and contribute to peer learning.

HAP 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology-I

The contents of the course will focus on three areas based on disease-health continuum namely structure of the human body, control of normal body functions and alterations in body function. Students will learn the structure and function of organ-systems of human body including the blood and immune system, musculoskeletal system, autonomic nervous system, alimentary system and integumentary system; and apply physiological principles to elucidate normal and abnormal function. In laboratory sessions, students will learn to identify and recognize parts of the human organ-systems and their associated functions, perform experiments to record physiological parameters and interpret the data. This course would provide the basis to understand the pathophysiological aspects of altered health learnt in Pathology-I and Pharmacology-I courses.

CBH 201: Cell Biology and Histology

This course will introduce students to the microscopic structure and function of the cell and tissues. It includes study of structure and functions of cell organelles, cell-cell interactions, membrane transport and cell signaling, phases of the cell cycle and regulation. Principles of the techniques used for studying cells and tissues will also be learnt along with opportunities to learn to identify and correlate the microscopic structure of various organs and tissues with the normal functions. This course would provide the basis to understand the conceptslearnt in Pathology-I course.

HGE 201: Human Genetics

The aim of the Human Genetics course is to introduce the students to the basic principles of human genetics. Students will learn morphology and nomenclature of chromosomes and standard notations used in karyotyping, concepts related to chromosomal abnormalities including numerical and structural abnormalities and mosaicism, single-gene inheritance, complex inheritance, variations in expression of dominant and recessive phenotypes and population genetics including Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium, founder populations and frequently occurring alleles. Recent advances as well as ethical issues in genetics will also be highlighted. Laboratory sessions will focus on genetic techniques, pedigree charts and case discussions. This course along the Molecular Biology course will provide a strong foundation for Medical Molecular Biology course that is taught in year 4.

BCH 202: Biochemistry-II 

This course focuses on the topics of bioenergetics and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Knowledge of the normal structure-function relationships of the biomolecules learnt in the Biochemistry-I course provides the necessary foundation for this course. Regulation and inter-relationships of metabolic pathways in the body, their adaptation to fed and fasting states and derangements in common metabolic diseases will also be learnt. Laboratory sessions will focus on quantitative analysis of glucose, proteins, lipids, urea and uric acid in blood and body fluids and their interpretation. This course will lay the foundation to understand the Clinical Biochemistry (CBT 401) and Biochemical Endocrinology (BEN 401) courses.

NUT 202: Nutrition

The Nutrition (NUT 202) course is designed to provide an understanding of the principles and concepts of nutrition. In this course, students will understand the importance of good nutrition in maintaining the normal functioning of the body as well as correlate poor nutrition to disease states including anemia, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Global issues in nutrition including malnutrition, food safety and security as well as lifestyle disorders including obesity and eating disorders will also be discussed. Knowledge of the normal structure and functioning of the human body learnt in the Human Anatomy and Physiology courses as well as the structure-function relationships of the biomolecules learnt in the Biochemistry courses provide the necessary foundation for this course.

HAP 202: Human Anatomy and Physiology-II

The contents of the course will focus on three areas based on disease-health continuum namely structure of the human body, control of normal body functions and alterations in body function. Students will learn the structure and function of organ-systems of human body including cardiovascular system, respiratory system, endocrine system, nervous system, reproductive system and urinary system; and apply physiological principles to elucidate normal and abnormal function. In laboratory sessions, students will learn to identify and recognize parts of the human organ-systems and their associated functions, perform experiments to record physiological parameters and interpret the data. This course would provide the basis to understand the pathophysiological aspects of altered health learnt in Pathology-I and Pharmacology-I courses.

MBO 202: Molecular Biology

The Molecular Biology course will provide biomedical students with a good foundation in concepts of molecular biology including techniques and applications. The course starts by introducing students to the structure and function of nucleic acids, organization of the genome, processes of replication, concepts of repair, RNA and protein synthesis, moves on to mechanisms of gene expression and regulation and finally to the basics of DNA technology. Genetically modified organisms and genome analysis are also touched upon. The course emphasizes the process of discovery, recent advances in technology and ethical considerations in molecular biology research.

MIC 202: Microbiology

This course provides knowledge about the fundamental characteristics of microorganisms and their structure, nutrition, metabolism, growth and genetics. It also deals with general mechanisms of pathogenesis of various microorganisms and the modes of transmission. Practical sessions will cover sterilization, disinfection & infection control, gram and acid-fast staining, culture media & methods used in the identification of bacteria, viruses, fungi & parasites and serological reactions. Students will be able to perform common laboratory procedures to identify these organisms. This course will also help the student understand the basic principles involved in safety measures followed for infection control as well as realize the importance of use of personal protective equipment while dealing with bio-hazardous material in the workplace. The basic principles of microbiology taught in this course will form the foundation for the concepts taught in the Medical Microbiology and Clinical Immunology courses in subsequent semesters.

BIS 101: Biostatistics

This course presents biostatistics related to health and medical problem solving in analytical way. This course introduces the student to the principles of statistics and concept of clinical trial design and analysis. Student will be able to explain the concept of variables, data description; probability and concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics; and to demonstrate basic knowledge of application data analyses in applied health sciences. Student will be able to make decision about appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics according to the type of data and study design for answering a research question. This is foundation for the research methodology courses as well as the research project.

HDB 201: Human Developmental Biology

The Human Developmental Biology course is organized in two parts. In the first half of the course, focus is on the important biological principles underlying developmental biology and approaches used to study development using model organisms. Students learn the principles and processes underlying the development of an embryo from a fertilized egg as well as the advantages and limitations of model organisms used to study development. The second half of the course focuses on organogenesis with special emphasis on the human; as well as current topics in the field of developmental biology including stem cell and regenerative biology along with their applications in biomedical research and therapy. Concepts learnt in the Human Genetics course will help students further understand the genetic approaches used to study embryogenesis and development.

EPI 302: Epidemiology

The course is an introduction to the science of epidemiology. In this course we consider epidemiology in the context of human health and disease. Epidemiological studies describe the natural history of disease and identify the determinants of disease to develop interventions to modify determinants or the natural history and thus provide the basis for development and evaluation of health policies and programs. Skills include calculation of key epidemiologic measures, evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological methods and investigation techniques.

PAT 301: Pathology-I

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the different methods used in pathological examination and alterations of cell structure & function produced by different diseases. Students will learn concepts of general pathology including cell injuries, etiology of diseases & their pathogenesis, and the different features of diseases. The course covers characteristics of cell injury, inflammation, tissue repair, hemodynamic dysfunction, neoplasia, nutritional diseases and pathology of infectious diseases. Practical sessions help the students understand morphological changes through specimens, models and slides. Preparation of cytology and histopathology slides by sectioning and staining will also be learnt.

PHR 301: Pharmacology-I

This course describes the general principles of pharmacology with emphasis on the drugs acting on the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. It deals with the physiochemical properties of the drugs essential for biological action. It covers various changes that the drug undergoes after administration and the factors that influence these processes. The site, mechanism of action and the multiple effects of various therapeutic agents through receptor and non-receptor mechanisms is also discussed. Modalities to maximize therapeutic benefits and safety of the therapeutic drugs based on pharmacological principles are one of the key focus areas in this course. Knowledge of the normal structure and functioning of the human body learnt in the Human Anatomy and Physiology courses provide the necessary foundation for this course.

IMM 301: Immunology

The course deals with the structure and functions of the immune system, mechanisms of innate, humoral and cell mediated immunity. This course will help the student to have a strong foundation regarding the basic principles involved in immunology which in turn will help them to understand the concepts involved in the clinical immunology course as well as Medical Microbiology courses in subsequent semesters. It also provides basic knowledge regarding autoimmunity & immunodeficiency disorders, hypersensitivity and transplantation.

MMI 301: Medical Microbiology -I

This course helps the students understand the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention and principles of treatment of various infectious diseases caused by bacterial and fungi. The student will learn methods used in the microbiology laboratory to identify pathogens in clinical specimens; important pre-analytical steps in microbiology laboratory testing, such as proper specimen collection, transportation, and processing of specimens. The objective of the course is to enable the students to demonstrate an understanding of the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, laboratory diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease especially those caused by bacteria and fungi. This course will also include elements of safety and infection control which are very important for health professionals.

RME 101: Research Methods

This course helps the novice researcher to design a research protocol for a quantitative or a qualitative study. The steps from developing a research question to implementation will be discussed extensively with the help of examples. The objective of this course is to enable the student to integrate the principles of research methodology to design a valid and reliable research protocol for conducting research on questions raised in the practice of biomedical sciences from time to time.

BIF 201: Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics plays an important role in the fields of genome analysis, protein structure and function analysis, drug designing and evolutionary studies. The course will familiarize students with the basic tools and principles of Bioinformatics and their applications. A variety of software, available databases and computational tools used in Bioinformatics will be discussed. Concepts learnt in this course will be useful in the Medical Molecular Biology course in Semester-7.

MMI 302: Medical Microbiology -II

This course helps the students in understanding the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of various infectious diseases. The student will acquire knowledge of major diseases caused by infectious agents (viruses and parasites) and methods used in the microbiology/virology laboratory to identify pathogens in clinical specimens; important pre-analytical steps in microbiology/virology laboratory testing, such as proper specimen collection, transportation, and processing of specimens. The objective of the course is to enable the students to demonstrate an understanding of the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, laboratory diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease especially those caused by viruses and parasites. This course will also include elements of safety and infection control which are very important for health professionals.

PAT 302: Pathology-II

This course describes the pathophysiological processes underlying common diseases of the organ systems of the human body. It describes the structural and functional alterations in selected diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary, renal, endocrine, reproductive, nervous, musculoskeletal, integumentary and hemopoietic systems. The course will enable the student to explain the role of laboratory in the diagnosis of diseases. The knowledge of the normal structure and functioning of the human body, the structure – function relationships of biomolecules and the alteration of cell structure and function in diseases learnt in the previous courses will be applied to understand the pathophysiology of the organ systems in the diseased state.

PHR 302: Pharmacology -II

This course provides both knowledge and conceptual understanding of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of drug use and action of various classes of drugs in the treatment of different diseases affecting the cardiovascular system, renal system, hematopoietic system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, infections and cancers building on the basic concepts learnt in Pharmacology-I course. This course includes the areas of current research in drug therapies for diseases such as lifestyle disorders (diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular events), cancers and infections.

FRM 302: Forensic Medicine and toxicology

In the forensic medicine and toxicology course, students will learn the application of knowledge of medical and paramedical sciences to study changes in death, mechanical & traumatic injuries, mechanical asphyxias, sexual jurisprudence, infanticide, biological fluids, and the role of autopsy procedures. It emphasizes the role of toxicological and molecular biological investigations in biomedical science and enables the student to be well informed about medico- legal issues and introduces the students to the ways in which medical science can assist in the resolution of legal issues in civil and criminal courts.

NSC 202: Neuroscience (Elective)

The course is designed to provide an integrated approach to learning how the brain and nervous system work to generate behavior, perception, movement, thought, memory and other key functions. This course also provides basic understanding about experimental techniques employed in neuroscience. Newer concepts and findings underlying pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease will also be learnt in this course.

ENO 302: Environmental and Occupational Health (Elective)

This course provides an overview of environmental and occupational health, the variety and extent of environmental agents such as physical, biological, chemical and psychological both from natural sources and occupational origin affecting human health and relevant environmental regulations and risk assessment strategies. The course also covers principles of prevention and control of environmental and occupational hazards.

CBO 302: Cancer Biology (Elective)

This course introduces the student to a range of concepts in cancer biology from basic cancer cell biology and behavior to translational applications. Students will learn thehallmarks of cancer and the biology behind the induction and propagation of the disease, the different techniques used for the diagnosis of cancer, and the current and experimental therapies used for the treatment of the disease.The molecular basis of targeted therapies for cancers and the challenges faced due to continuing evolution and adaptation of the tumors to the cytotoxic drugs will be also be learnt.

PRO 401: Research Project –I (Proposal)

This course is the first step in the process of conducting research. In this course the student will develop key skills of literature search, critical appraisal of literature, ethics, research design and scientific communication required for preparing a research proposal. Students apply the principles learnt in the research methodology course to identify a research problem for their research project, prepare a research proposal according to the guidelines in the thesis manual and submit it for approval by the end of the semester. The research project proposal will be the basis for the research work to be conducted in the 7th semester followed by submission of the research project report by the end of the 8th semester.

JCB 401: Journal Club

In this course, students meet weekly to discuss recent published scientific articles within the broad field of Biomedical Sciences under the guidance of the faculty supervisor. The main objectives of the course are to develop critical appraisal skills, to increase exposure to recent developments in biomedical sciences, and to promote gain in knowledge through discussion with experts and peers. The course also provides opportunities to promote interest in research and encourage interaction between students and faculty members.

CBT 401: Clinical Biochemistry

In the clinical biochemistry course, students build on the knowledge gained in the biochemistry and the pathology courses and learn to apply the knowledge to the diagnosis of diseases including endocrine disorders. Students will study the basis of the tests performed in the clinical biochemistry laboratory for the diagnosis of diseases and learn to correlate the findings to disease states. Role of the laboratory in monitoring therapeutic drugs as well as testing for drugs of abuse will also be learnt. By the end of the course, students will be able to perform independently basic tests in the clinical chemistry laboratory and interpret the findings. Importance of laboratory safety, standards and quality control in the clinical biochemistry laboratory will be emphasized.

HTS 401: Hematology and Transfusion Science

The course includes the study of development, normal structure and functions of the cellular elements of the blood and their common disorders;etiology, mechanisms, structure-function alterations underlying laboratory findings and clinical features of hematological disorders. Hemostasis and related disorders of bleeding and thrombosis, principles of blood transfusion anduse of blood products in treatment will also be learnt. Laboratory sessions will help the students develop skills in performing hematology tests as well as interpreting the findings in case scenarios. This course will also emphasize the ever-growing prospects of translational research in hematology.

MMB 401: Medical Molecular Biology

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in molecular biology and integrate the understanding of the concepts and techniques of molecular biology to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. It will build on concepts learnt in the Molecular Biology course. Laboratory sessions will train the students in basic molecular biology skills as well as the use of PCR and other geneticand molecular biology tests for diagnosis.

BEN 401: Biochemical Endocrinology

In the Biochemical Endocrinology course, students will learn to integrate the knowledge gained in the Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Pathology courses and apply it to understand the basis of the tests performed for the diagnosis of endocrine disorders. Students learn to correlate changes in hormones and other biochemical parameters to normal and disease states in case scenarios. The course will highlight the role of laboratory in diagnosis and management of endocrine disorders.

CIM 401: Clinical Immunology

The course deals with the study of immune-pathological conditions and abnormal immune functions, and describes the principles of techniques used in the diagnosis and management of various immunological disorders. The course provides a greater understanding of the role of immune system in susceptibility to diseases and measures taken for their detection and prevention.

PRO 402: Research Project-II

This course is designed to provide the student an opportunity to gain practical experience in the implementation of research based on the research proposal prepared in the previous semester. In this course, the student conducts research under the supervision of the faculty supervisor according to the research proposal submitted in the Research Project I course. The student will perform hands-on biomedical research in the laboratory and apply key skills of literature search, critical appraisal of literature, ethics, research design, statistical analysis and scientific communication. The data collected will be analyzed by the student and used to prepare the project report in the next semester.

INT 510: Clinical Laboratory Posting

The student receives biomedical science education for 7 semesters (3.5 years) before proceeding for clinical laboratory posting in the final semester for 24 weeks. The student gains on-the-job experience under the close supervision of his/her supervisors. It also serves to provide opportunities to attain appropriate higher skill levels as the student has completed the didactic requirements of the program and is now given opportunities to further improve his/her skills and master it before he/she enters independent practice as a technologist.

LBM 401: Laboratory Management

The course is designed to provide the student with knowledge about the organizational structure of clinical laboratories, rules and regulations governing these laboratories and the use of basic managerial tools in their operation. The course covers aspects of quality assurance in the laboratory, management of technical and financial resources of a laboratory and outlines the steps for performance improvement.

PRO 403: Research Project-III

This course is the final step in the process of conducting research. In this course, the student analyzes the results obtained, presents the research work done before the academic advisory committee, faculty members and peers for approval. After approval the student is expected to prepare the research project report according to the guidelines of the thesis manual and submit by the end of the 8th semester to the program office.

Admission requirements for BBMS program for AY2021-22

  1. The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 years of school education.
  2. All applicants must complete 17 years of age on or before the 31st of December in the year of admission.
  3. The applicant must have passed any one of the following English Language Proficiency Tests with a minimum score as follow:
    • 1100 in Emirates Standardized Language Test (EmSAT)
    • 500 in TOEFL (CBT 173 – iBT 61)
    • 5.0 in IELTS for Academic
    • or equivalent in any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE
  1. Applicants from various educational systems must comply with the rules listed below:
Country Education System Minimum Grade requirements as per UAE Grade Equivalence for BBMS program
UAE UAE

(Advanced or General Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria)

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th or 12th Grades).

India Indian State /

Central Board (CBSE/ICSE)

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

Pakistan Bangladesh Pakistan Board
Bangladeshi Board
Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades).

UK IGCSE/GCE Student should have been studied all the 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in O Level with a Minimum of:

  • ‘C’ in all ‘O’ level subjects and
  • ‘D’ in AS level or “E’ in A level in any of the two Science subjects

Science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

ECTS International
Baccalaureate
Student should have secured an overall minimum 24 points.

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

USA American Diploma Student should have secured an overall minimum score of 70%.

(Student should complete all Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th,11thor 12th Grades).

(SAT (Chem / Math) to be completed for equivalency )

Africa WAEC

NECO

Student should secure an overall minimum score of 50% in the 12th Grade.

(Student should complete all three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th,11th, 12th Grades).

    • Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% as per International Grade Conversion Table published by World Education System.
  1. Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems must submit an Equivalency Certificate of their High School certificate from Ministry of Education, UAE.
  2. Student should complete Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, in 10th, 11th or 12th Applicants who did not study the science subjects (Biology or Chemistry or Physics) in Grade 12, may register for the preparatory course offered by the University.
  3. 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 includes Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and personal interview.
  4. Admission is finalized on 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.

Doha Khalil
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“Gulf Medical University has been enriching in terms of academics and research training” Read More

My experience studying Bachelors Of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS) in Gulf Medical University has been enriching in terms of academics and research training. Being an honor graduate, the years spent in BBMS have been the best concerning learning, experience and gaining exposures to fields relevant to my discipline, all due to my faculty members. This course has taught me all the relevant skills I need for independent work to progress through to become a qualified biomedical scientist by achieving international qualifications. Moreover, it has also given me adequate knowledge required to pursue my masters in Molecular Biology. BBMS has proved to be a very well executed precursor in my career growth as well as in my ambition to serve mankind.

Areej Ahsan
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“The best aspect of BBMS program was the internship during our final semester in the CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group”
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Gulf Medical University was the first university in the entire Gulf region to introduce the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS) program. This program is specifically tailored for those students interested with the science of human medicine, to work in clinical laboratories, diagnostics or research. The course was systematically divided into 8 semesters with clear learning outcomes, which allowed us not only a to gain in-depth knowledge and keen insight into the many disciplines of Biomedicine and Laboratory Sciences but also helped choose our field of interest for higher studies. We also gained the necessary research skills both theoretically and practically through our thesis work.

The best aspect of this program was the internship during our final semester in the CAP-accredited diagnostic and referral laboratories of the Thumbay Group. I have been accepted into the University of Bradford for their Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology Master’s program for Fall 2019.

Aaminah Mahmood
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“GMU is the first university in the region to deliver the Biomedical Sciences program” Read More

“Within a month of graduating with a Biomedical Sciences degree from GMU, I was enrolled in the United Arab Emirates University for MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. GMU is the first university in the region to deliver the Biomedical Sciences program and I can confidently say that no effort was left to make the program meet international standards. The courses taught throughout the seven semesters are meticulously designed – giving in-depth and detailed knowledge of the field while preparing students for higher studies and making them ideal for the job market. The mandatory research project is the most interesting part of the program, as it enables students to apply their knowledge in a laboratory setting and develop extensive scientific skills.”

Ayesha Rifath
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“My understanding in every field was strengthened by an exceptional group of professors and extensive hands-on experience throughout the program” Read More

As part of the BBMS family at GMU and a proud alumnus of this department, I can say that the four years of my undergraduate degree was one of a kind. Through Biomedical Sciences I was able to gain knowledge in a breadth of subjects which has constantly challenged me to look at any case from all possible angles. My understanding in every field was strengthened by an exceptional group of professors and extensive hands-on experience throughout the program that took my learning beyond the constraints of the class. I found myself able to step out of comfort zone and communicate and learn from experts in various fields through conferences, competitions and workshops hosted and collaborated by the university.

For my undergraduate research project, I worked on the “Assessment of micronuclei (genotoxic marker) in the buccal cells of shisha smokers and non-smokers.” I did my internship (final year) in both Thumbay hospitals and the Thumbay Diagnostic Lab where I was able to interact with the patient and work under supervision in all diagnostic fields. I was taught all the needed laboratory techniques; how to think in a more scientific and practical way, and how to formulate scientific questions.

After I graduated with honors, I was lucky to follow with a research internship at the Thumbay Centre for Research and Precision medicine- where I’m investigating the exposure of lung cancer cell lines to shisha extract and how it could possibly interfere with chemotherapeutic drugs. Most of the subjects (cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, statistics) I undertook have provided me with a strong foundation to work with.  This experience has exposed me to techniques and skills one would learn only later on in their careers. All I aspire now is to pursue my postgraduate studies in cancer biology and genetics and to become an essential member of a community that I could make a difference within in the future.

Zahra Khan
Graduate of 2018 Batch

“I believe I have had the best college life anyone could ever think of, and this was mere because of my friends, professors, and well-wishers” Read More

I was always passionate to study the mechanisms of biological life, apply biomedical knowledge, and promote the quality of healthcare. After completing my high school studies, I came to know about the interdisciplinary program being introduced by the College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University – Bachelors of Biomedical Sciences. During my study at GMU, I have not only gained basic sciences knowledge but also developed communication skills and personality attributes. I have served as the Joint Secretary of the College in the Student Council, and as the Class Representative of my batch for two consecutive years showcasing my expertise.

The distinguished Professors have enlightened my scientific knowledge in the best manner. The professors were quite welcoming, cooperative and were willing to assist throughout my college life. My experience at GMU is built on both theoretical and practical sessions. In the coursework, education was provided from a basic introduction to clinically applied level with hands-on experience on biomedical equipment. The College facilitated educational field trips and various on-campus activities for advanced learning than just adapted traditional learning. The exceptionally designed courses, namely Journal Club, Skills, and Research Methods; have progressed my presentation skills and scientific literature writing. the later years, clinical cases were discussed based on the medical studies and correlated with the practical life. The final semester was planned with an internship in different medical departments of the laboratory to be trained in different medical streams with routine and advanced techniques being used. My dissertation work was on the topic “Prevalence of ESBL genes in Enterobacteriaceae in Urine Samples from Thumbay Hospitals, U.A.E”, based on molecular microbiology concept. I have presented the research project in a research competition conducted by Islamabad Medical College and grabbed the 1st Position in Oral Presentation. I believe I have had the best college life anyone could ever think of, and this was mere because of my friends, professors, and well-wishers.

Currently, I have cleared the Graduate Assessment Test (GAT) in Biological Sciences & Medicine with 99.62% percentile and have secured admission in National University of Medical Sciences, Pakistan to pursue M.Phil in Molecular Medicine. I wish to be a promising biomedical scientist in the near future, Insha Allah!