The Accelerated Masters (4 + 1 program), jointly offered with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is an integrated program that incorporates graduate curriculum into the student's undergraduate work. This provides students the opportunity to graduate with a bachelor's degree while also earning a graduate certificate in biomedical informatics.

Students who are accepted into the Accelerated Masters (4 + 1 program) will complete select graduate courses during their last year of undergraduate study which will simultaneously satisfy remaining undergraduate requirements as well as program requirements for the Certificate in Biomedical Informatics. During the last semester of undergraduate study, students will apply to the graduate 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.

The Accelerated Masters (4 + 1 program) graduates 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 such as nursing, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.

Admission to the Accelerated Masters (4 + 1 Program)

The admission process for the Accelerated Masters (4 + 1 program) requires the submission of both a 4 + 1 pre-application and an SBMI application. Both applications must include all supplemental documents.

Step 1.
UTH/UTRGV 4 + 1
Pre-Application

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Please complete and submit the Pre-Application to determine if you meet the requirements to apply to the UTH SBMI/UTRGV 4 + 1 program.

4 + 1 Pre-Application which includes:

  1. Personal Statement
  2. Copy of unofficial Degree plan
  3. One Letter of Recommendation

All documents must be submitted by October 1st for the Spring admission deadline, February 1st for the Summer admission deadline, and June 1st for the Fall admission deadline. Candidates approved by the UTH/UTRGV 4 + 1 committee will be invited to begin step 2..

Step 2.
SBMI
Application

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If your pre-application is approved you will be sent a link to the application.

An application to this program requires the following:

  1. A completed online certificate application
  2. $60 application fee
  3. 3. An official transcript with minimum of a 3.0 or higher degree in an appropriate area, e.g., biomedical science, pre-med, life sciences or other related programs in Health Affairs, Any dual credit or AP credits must be verified on the transcript from the present college or an official transcript from the awarding college or program must be sent to the registrar's office.
  4. Personal Statement

Step 3.
Application
Deadlines

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

  • Spring admission - November 1
  • Summer admission - March 1
  • Fall admission - July 1
Course of Study for Certificate Programs

Graduation requirements for each degree will reflect the existing requirements of that particular degree plan.

SEMESTER COURSE ENROLLMENT CREDIT HOURS
Summer - Between 3rd & 4th UG Year BMI 5300 Introduction to Applied Informatics 3
Fall - 4th UG Year BMI 5327 Standards and Standards Development
BMI 5329 Assessment and Evaluation
3
Spring - 4th UG Year BMI 5301 The US Healthcare System
BMI 5306 Security for Health Informatics Systems
3
3
Students wanting to continue on with their Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics will need to submit an application to the MS program by the application deadline of your final undergraduate semester.
Summer - Between UG / 1st Grad Year BMI 5360 Clinical Decision Support Systems
BMI 6340 HI Visualization & Visual Analytics
BMI 5313 Intro to Electronic Health Records
3
3
3
Fall - 1st Graduate Year BMI 6002 Directed Study
BMI 5371 Business & Technical Writing
BMI 5315 Quality and Outcome Improvement in Healthcare
3
3
3
Spring - 1st Graduate Year BMI 5328 System Analysis and Project Management
BMI 5305 Legal and Ethical Aspects of HI
BMI 6000 Practicum
3
3
6
45 Credit Hours

Please note this is a sample degree plan. Depending on which 4 + 1 certificate you are enrolled in and what semester you begin the class courses and rotation may change.