Biomedical sciences

University of Missouri-Columbia
Undergraduate certificate
Biomedical sciences undergraduate certificate
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The undergraduate certificate in biomedical sciences program has been developed to better prepare pre-veterinary medical students or pre-professional students in allied medical fields (e.g., pre-medicine and pre-health professions) for success as a professional student and for a future career.

Quick facts

Official name

Undergraduate certificate in biomedical sciences


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Undergraduate certificate

Academic home

College of Veterinary Medicine

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Part time credit hours


Part time estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Vet tech working in a lab.

Career prospects

Important: The goal of the undergraduate certificate in biomedical sciences is to enhance the knowledge of students in preparation for application to a medical, health profession or veterinary school professional program. The certificate in biomedical sciences is not a professional program and does not supplant professional training.

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Program structure

The online undergraduate certificate in biomedical sciences is 100% online: no campus visits required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes per semester and finish in two years.

The curriculum for this program is specialized to prepare students for application to a professional program in veterinary medicine or an allied medical field. It provides information that many students may not have the opportunity to learn elsewhere.

Course work includes

  • Biomedical terminology
  • Cell biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Doug Bowles

Dr. Bowles and other members of the faculty in his department teach all the courses for first-year veterinary students. He focuses his research on the effects of exercise training on the heart and coronary arteries. Dr. Bowles is the course coordinator and one of the instructors for Veterinary Cell Biology.

Doug Bowles, PhD
Professor and Chair
Eileen Hasser, PhD

Dr. Hasser has many years of experience teaching physiology to first-year veterinary students, and has won several teaching awards. Her research focuses on cardiovascular reflexes and how they control blood pressure during normal and abnormal systemic states.

Eileen Hasser, PhD

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine