• The department offers a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences BBMs, so that the minimum number of credit hours to obtain the certificate is 130 credit hours (CH) divided into compulsory University requirements (18 CH), compulsory general science and biomedical science requirements (87 CH), and optional biomedical science requirements (25 CH). The process of teaching is a minimum of 3 years.
  • Students with a Palestinian Tawjihi/ scientific stream are accepted competitively, as well as students with certificates that are equivalent either from Arab countries or from other countries.
  • Obtaining BBMs with a maximum of 5-year period is the first and necessary step, with other specific conditions, to continue human medicine MD program by entrance to its clinical phase through doctor of medicine program.

Expand the knowledge in Biomedical Sciences and enrich community health services.

Contribute to the progress of work in the medical sciences in order to provide the community with leaders who specialize in different medical fields.

  • Develop an outstanding educational program in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Establish an exceptional research institute in the Biomedical Sciences field.
  • Graduate specialized faculty that link the applied Medical Sciences with clinical.
  • To earn a bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences, students must complete 131 credit hours. These include completion of university, college, department compulsory and elective courses.
  • Spend a minimum of three years in the BMS program.
  • Gain accumulative score of at least 1.7 (GPA).
  • For BBMs to enable students to continue MD program there are specific conditions that are clarified in the section related to entrance to "Doctor of Medicine Program".

Medical Degree (MD) program

Advisory plan for the biomedical sciences phase (Basic phase)

The basic biomedical sciences program consists of 131 credit hour (CH) distributed over Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3. Each year is divided into two semesters (first and second semester) plus summer semester. The courses are distributed as university compulsory courses (student must complete 19 CH), specialty compulsory courses for basic medical sciences (student must complete 87 CH), elective courses (student must complete 25 CH).

Advisory plan for the basic biomedical medical sciences

Year 1/ 1stsemester

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

Course number

Course name

CH

The student can choose 2 CHs from the list of elective courses.

The program coordinator offers cell biology.

7101101

Introduction to anatomy

2

7104101

General biology for HS

3

7108101

Biophysics

3

7227102

First Aid

1

10231114

General Chemistry for HS

3

10231115

General chemistry for HS Lab

1

 

University Compulsory Course

3

 

University Compulsory Course

3

 

Sub total

19

2

Total

21

 

Year 1/ 2ndsemester

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

Course number

Course name

CHs

The student can choose 1 CHs from the list of elective courses.

The program coordinator offers:

History of medicine and pharmacy

Communication skills

7101102

Anatomy Thorax Abdomen Pelvis

3

7101104

Anatomy Thorax Abdomen Pelvis LAB

0

7104210

Principles of &Metabolic Biochemistry

3

7104211

Principles of &Metabolic Biochemistry LAB

1

10231239

Organic Chemistry I for HS Lab

1

10231236

Organic Chemistry I for HS

3

7103101

Histology I

2

10216235

Biostatistics for Medical and HS students

3

7227202

medical ethics

1

 

University Compulsory Course

3

Sub total

20

1

Total

21

Year 2/ 1st semester

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

Course number

Course name

CHs

 

 

 

7102201

Medical Physiology I

4

7104212

Molecular Biochemistry

2

7104213

Molecular Biochemistry LAB

1

7105403

Microbiology General

3

7105404

Microbiology General LAB

1

7106201

Public health &Epidemiology

3

7106201

Behavioral Sciences

3

7101201

Anatomy limbs and back.

3

7101200

Anatomy limbs and back LAB

0

Sub total

20

 

Total

20

Year 2/ 2nd semester

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

Course number

Course name

CHs

 

 

7104214

Human Genetics

2

 

7102202

Medical Physiology II

4

 

7102212

Medical Physiology Lab

0

 

7309201

Pharmacology I

4

 

7105302

Microbiology Medical

4

 

7106301

Nutrition

2

 

7101202

Anatomy Head & neck

2

 

7103102

Histology II

2

 

 

University Compulsory Courses

1

 

 

Sub total

21

 

Total

21

Year 3/ 1st semester

 

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

 

Course number

Course name

CHs

The student can choose 3 CHs from the list of elective courses.

The program coordinator offers

Endocrinology

Environmental toxicology

Pharmacy ethics and professionalism

 

 

7103301

Pathology I

5

 

7105306

Immunology

3

 

7309202

Pharmacology II

4

 

 

Neuroanatomy

3

 

 

University Compulsory Courses

3

 

Sub total

18

3

 

Total

21

 

Year 3/ 2nd semester

 

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

 

Course number

Course name

CHs

The student can choose 3 CHs from the list of elective courses.

The program coordinator offers

Endocrinology

Embryology

 

7103302

Pathology II

5

 

7103310

Pathology LAB

0

 

7227301

Clinical Psychology

3

 

7105307

Lab Methods

3

 

 

Hematology

3

 

 

Science & Art of Clinical Medicine

4

 

Sub total

18

3

 

Total

21

 

Summer course

 

Compulsory courses

Elective courses

 

The student must register the remaining three CHs from the list of compulsory courses.

 

 

 

Total

6

 

             

Notes: several important courses during the basic phase such as Medical Ethics, Anatomy Limbs & Back, Anatomy Head & Neck, Neuroanatomy, and Hematology, are listed as elective courses. In order to comply with MD program requirements and be able to make the transfer to the clinical medical sciences phase of the study, the students must register these courses.


Last updated: Director of basic biomedical sciences program on September 01, 2021

Last Reviewed and Approved: Medical Program Committee September 20, 2021 – MPC meeting

Grading Scale for Basic Biomedical Sciences Courses

Grade in Letter

Grade in %

Grade in Number

Evaluation

A

90-100

4

Pass

A-

88-89.99

3.75

Pass

B+

85-87.99

3.5

Pass

B

80-84.99

3.0

Pass

B-

76-79.99

2.75

Pass

C+

72-75.99

2.5

Pass

C

70-71.99

2.0

Pass

C-

65-69.99

1.75

Pass

D+

63-64.99

1.5

Pass

D

60-62.99

1.0

Pass

D-

45.99-59.99

0.75

Fail

E

0-44.99

0.0

Fail

 

  • The minimum passing mark for each course is 60%.
  • A student who does not pass a course (achieved D- or below) is allowed to repeat the failed course up to two times.
  • Students are allowed to retake a course to raise their grade point average (GPA).

PLO1. Medical Knowledge
The first PLO is integration of medical knowledge to address the mechanisms of health and diseases. This involves solid utilization of molecular, cellular, clinical, epidemiological, socio-cultural, and researchable methods. In addition, we prepare students for lifelong learning by keeping them up to date on their understanding and practice of evidence-based medicine:

  1. Relate normal structure, development and function to the genetic, biochemical, physiological, neurological, and immunological processes among the major organ systems of the body and understand their roles in maintaining homeostasis
  2. Assess the role of normal human biological, cognitive, psychological, and behavioral development across the life span as determinants of health and illness
  3. Determine the impact of genetics, nutrition, epidemiology, and environmental influences on individual health, on disease and on informing treatment in local and global communities
  4. Relate principles of pathology, physiology, microbiology, and immunology to the clinical evaluation and diagnosis of common diseases and disorders
  5. Integrate scientific foundations and medical advances with clinical reasoning skills in the prevention, treatment, and management of diseases, including pharmacologic and other interventions that can prevent, cure or alter the course of diseases and disorders
  6. Build the basic skills that enable students to engage in lifelong learning to stay up to date on scientific basis of medicine

PLO2. Patient Care
The core principle of this PLO is to deliver holistic, compassionate, empathic, appropriate, and effective management of health problems and the promotion of health:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to elicit an appropriate medical history and physical examination and synthesize the information into a differential diagnosis
  2. Propose a suitable management plan, including the selection of laboratory and radiologic tests, interpretation of their results, and the implementation of interventions to diagnose and treat common clinical conditions
  3. Demonstrate the ability to counsel and educate patients, their families, and other caregivers about treating and preventing diseases
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for patient referral from one provider to the next using appropriate verbal handoff and written documentation

PLO3. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
To develop interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective communication and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health care professionals through demonstrating:

  1. Culturally sensitive, patient-centered communication about medical, emotional, social and spiritual matters to patients, their families, and other caregivers
  2. Shared decision-making with patients, their families, and other caregivers from all backgrounds
  3. The ability to present a coherent oral and written summary of patients’ clinical conditions
  4. The ability to collaborate with other health care professionals and health care teams

PLO4. Practice-Based Learning
Utilize medical information using evidence-based medicine, and demonstrate ability to deliver the acquired information to other health care provider and the society:

  1. Appraise the medical literature and electronic resources for validity, applicability, limitations and standard of care for the provision of care to individual patients and populations
  2. Use evidence-based strategies to teach colleagues, patients and the community-at-large about patient care in multiple clinical settings
  3. Appraise one's growth and development as a lifelong learner through reflective practice of personal and professional strengths and challenges
  4. Assess one’s personal well-being and its contribution to the health and wellness of their professional community and patient population

PLO5. Systems-Based Practice
Recognize and demonstrate the importance of several non-biomedical determinants on the overall health system especially economics and culture:

  1. Apply principles of cost-effective medicine to the analysis of the organization, financing, and delivery of health care
  2. Appraise mechanisms to systematically enhance quality patient care and safety
  3. Analyze the essential importance of physician advocacy and health care policy in
  4. improving patient outcomes
  5. Assess the elements of health care systems that lead to health outcome disparities and propose ways that can mitigate such disparities
  6. Describe the ways in which cultures and belief systems impact perceptions of and responses to health and illness
  7. Use appropriate healthcare resources for optimization of patient care

PLO6. Ethics and Professionalism
To acknowledge, discuss and apply several ethical principles operating in the health care and to recognize the skills needed to act professionally at ethical dilemmas:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of ethical principles operating in the healthcare environment and the medical profession
  2. Apply ethical principles to professional activities including the care of patients and interaction with peers
  3. Demonstrate leadership, reliability, and integrity in all professional activities
  4. Demonstrate awareness of how one’s beliefs, values, and conflicts of interest may impact patient care
  5. Demonstrate compassion and care towards others regardless of differences in beliefs, identity, race, and culture

PLO7. Research Engagement
To develop a successful and sustainable understanding for the research tools and demonstrate ability to answer basic and clinical questions using the learned research skills, in addition to the ability to transfer the acquired knowledge to the public:

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the core concepts of biostatistics and epidemiology, and show ability to critically evaluate the literature
  2. Demonstrate basic research skills and ethical principles necessary to answer clinical questions
  3. Recognize the importance of social accountability to address society’s health problems 
  4. Work with multidisciplinary research teams to tackle clinical questions
  5. Perform practice-based research aiming to the development of new knowledge to serve the community

Update Process 

Date 

Reviewed and approved by Stakeholders Committee

November 07, 2021 – Stakeholders Committee meeting