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The Commonwealth Medical College Introduces First Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Degree Program

Monday, August 24, 2020

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Scranton, Pennsylvania – On August 24, 2020, The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) welcomed its first class of students in the Masters of Biomedical Sciences program. This one-year degree program provides students with a solid biomedical science foundation and prepares students for various careers and educational opportunities in the biomedical or health science fields.

“TCMC Board of Trustees, faculty and administration are pleased to offer a biomedical science program that provides an opportunity for individuals aspiring to health science careers to become prepared for professional studies in medicine, education or research,” stated Robert D’ Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College. 

The Masters of Biomedical Sciences Program will focus on graduate-level students who have an interest in entering the biomedical science or heath care fields. The MBS program also provides the opportunity for individuals who want to further their education and advance their career opportunities in public health, scientific research, education or biomedical technology. Classes began with a two-day student orientation program hosted by TCMC faculty, staff and administration.

“The MBS Curriculum has been designed to provide students with a unique and innovative experience based on student-centered learning,” stated Maureen McLeod, PhD, Director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Vice-Chair of the Basic Sciences Department of The Commonwealth Medical College.  “Our faculty is focused on providing an individualized professional environment with both classroom and hands-on educational experiences and works closely with TCMC’s Center for Learning Excellence in counseling students to achieve high educational and career goals that helps assure success,” Dr. McLeod continued.

Background Information: The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has over 113 full time employees and over 557 clinical faculty members. For the academic years of 2009 and 2010, students will use temporary facilities on the Lackawanna College campus. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and scientists in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to

TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).