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Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4+1) program 
Certificate in Biomedical Informatics

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts/Science and a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics over the course of five years through the Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4+1) Program. The program is an integrated program that overlaps graduate curriculum into the student's undergraduate work, which provides the opportunity to graduate with the Bachelor’s degree and at the same time complete their graduate certificate in biomedical informatics.

SBMI has collaboration agreements with the following institutions whose students are eligible to participate in this integrated curriculum:

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Completing a graduate certificate in biomedical informatics at SBMI allows students to become more competitive candidates when applying to professional degrees such as nursing, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.

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During the last semester of undergraduate study, students will apply to the Master’s degree program at SBMI to complete the remaining semester credit hours required for the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics. The remaining 30 semester credit hours can be completed in one year, if enrolled full-time.

A student completing the 4+1 program and the Master of Science program will have the education, skill set and experience needed to enter the workforce in a variety of biomedical informatics fields. Students will be well prepared to continue with their education through doctoral studies or in professional degrees.

Curriculum for Certificate Programs

The course requirements for earning both the undergraduate degree and graduate certificate from SBMI will vary by participating institution and major. The 4+1 program integrated schedule provides guidance on graduate courses/certificate completion throughout the student’s last years of their undergraduate program.

Application Steps and Requirements

Please review the below criteria and steps to apply for admissions to the 4+1 program.

  • Step 1

    4+1 Pre-Application

    The admission process for the Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4+1) program requires the submission of the No-Cost 4+1 Pre-Application.

    Pre-Application requirements include:

    1. Biodemographic Information
    2. Unofficial transcripts from all of your colleges and universities attended
    3. Program Recommendation Form – A form will be sent to your recommender to be completed and submitted on your behalf.
    4. Essay Question – In 1-2 pages, please tell us about your future career & educational goals.

    Pre-Application requirements include:
    Fall Admission  June 1
    Spring Admission October 1
    Summer Admission February 1

    All documents for the 4+1 Pre-application must be submitted by the above deadline date for the term you are applying to Candidates who successfully make it through the pre-application process will be cleared to begin Step 2.

  • Step 2

    If your pre-application is approved, you will be contacted to have an interview with the 4+1 admissions committee.

  • Step 3

    SBMI Application

    Upon meeting the requirements in Step 1 and the recommendation of the admissions committee, you then submit an SBMI application to the Graduate Certificate program.

    The completed application requires the following items:

    1. $60 application fee
    2. One Letter of Recommendation
    3. Personal Goal Statement - The goal statement can be crucial in helping us understand our applicants better and determine how well our program matches up with each applicant and their expectations. It is important to be as specific as possible and focus on your professional goals and how you envision these goals can be achieved through study at the School of Biomedical Informatics.
    4. Unofficial transcripts from all of your colleges and universities attended
    **If admitted, official transcripts will be required to be submitted to the Registrar’s office**

    Each applicant must submit all required admissions materials for the SBMI graduate certificate by the following dates:

    Deadline Date:
    Spring Admission November 1
    Summer Admission March 1
    Fall Admission July 1

     Upon approval, pre-approved applicants will be provided a special application link via E-mail