Biomedical Science Program

The Biomedical Science Program at HPU is a rigorous option for students pursuing fields in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, biomedical research and more.

The program exceeds the requirements for most health professions programs, and the interdisciplinary nature of the program creates a diversified student within HPU’s distinctive Christian liberal arts framework. The Biomedical Science Program encompasses the biomedical science major (a Bachelor of Science degree) and the biomedical science minor.

Program Mission Statement

To provide a strong foundation that develops well-educated, compassionate, integrity-minded medical professionals who will serve God and others as leaders in their professions and in their communities.

Admittance Criteria for the Biomedical Science major

Students pursuing admission to the Biomedical Science Program should begin at HPU as a biology major. Once they’ve completed the admission criteria for the program, their official major will be changed to biomedical science.


  1. Complete 60 semester hours (30 of those hours must be at Howard Payne University) with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete required 1000 and 2000-level BIO and CHE courses with a GPA of 3.0 and a C or better.
  3. Schedule a Pre-Admission meeting with the Biomedical Science Program Director by March 1st each year prior to program admission.


  1. Meet the Pre-Admission requirements.
  2. Must have attempted no more than 90 semester hours from all institutions.
  3. Submit application packet to the Biomedical Science Program by March 1st and schedule interview with the Biomedical Science Admissions Committee.
  4. Receive program approval from the Biomedical Science Admissions Committee.

Review and Continuation in Program

  1. Meet with the Program Director each semester following admission to the Biomedical Science Program.
  2. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a major GPA of 3.0 (“C” or better is still required for all major courses).

Enrichment Opportunities

Biomedical science majors will experience:

  • Medical internships
  • Skills clinics (suturing, blood draw, etc.)
  • Mock interviews
  • Mentorship experiences with local health professionals
  • Program visits to various professional schools in Texas



HPU Students tour and learn about the medical school, physical therapy program, and physician assistant program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. (Spring 2019)

Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)

HPU is a partnering institution with JAMP, which supports Texas students in their pursuit of a medical education. JAMP students are guaranteed admission to one of the 10 Texas public medical schools. For more information, go to or talk with Dr. Kristen Hutchins, HPU’s JAMP faculty director.

Degree Information and Recommended Course Sequences

Contact Information

Dr. Kristen Hutchins
Associate Professor of Biology

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