Diploma in Biomedical Science

The Diploma in Biomedical Science programme has been designed in such a way that students will benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge and skills, critical thinking and a focused training on innovation and design thinking that will be of value to the existing and emerging biomedical industries in Singapore, the wider Asian market and beyond.

The programme aims to provide knowledge and experience leading to career opportunities in a wide variety of areas including biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental monitoring, public health, agrochemical and food sectors. With the increased importance of globalisation of education and training, these programmes will incorporate, where appropriate, issues of global significance.

In an effort to best match the needs of industry in this area, the Diploma in Biomedical Science has a significant focus on skills development and employer-led, industry-required knowledge acquisition in areas such as technology and knowledge exchange, IPR, entrepreneurship, health & safety, marketing, growth strategies and innovation these to be presented and developed through business planning exercises, simulations and relevant case studies.

Hence the uniqueness of the Diploma in Biomedical Science will be the fusion of strong skills, design thinking and knowledge development alongside business awareness and knowledge exchange required to meet the intended aims of interfacing academia and research with collaboration with industry.

Upon completion of the Diploma in Biomedical Science awarded by CSM Academy International, students will directly articulate into the Advanced Diploma programme and further into the high quality, long established BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme awarded by Edinburgh Napier University. (Edinburgh Napier University is Edinburgh’s top university for graduate employability (HESA 2010), and proud winner of the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2009).

Course Duration

Full time: 8 months (3-hour lessons/day, 5 days/week)
Part time: 12 months (5-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week)

Course Structure

There are a total of 6 modules have to be completed and passed for the award of the Diploma in Biomedical Science.

Course Module and Synopsis

Cell Biology
The wide variety of living organisms will be described and will include the distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, plant cells, animal cells and viruses. The cellular basis of all living organisms is one of the characteristics that define life. The module will consider cell types, cellular evolution, ultrastructure and function and, in addition, relate cell types and cell actions to infection and health matters.

Introductory Anatomy & Physiology
Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. Physiology focuses principally at the level of organs and systems. Most aspects of human physiology are closely related to corresponding aspects of animal physiology, and animal experimentation has provided much of the foundation of physiological knowledge. Anatomy and physiology are closely related fields of study: anatomy, the study of form, and physiology, the study of function, are intrinsically tied and are studied in tandem as part of a medical/biomedical curriculum.This module introduces the students to the anatomy of the human body and explainsthe ways in which the body systems carry out distinct, coordinated and important functions. In this module students will study basic anatomy, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous and sensory systems and the endocrine system.

Introductory Biochemistry
This module introduces the student to the processes and components which make up life at the molecular level. The basic structures of the key important molecules will be described and will include the proteins, the nucleic acids, the lipids and the carbohydrates. The structures will be closely related to biological function in later modules which in turn will help in the understanding of normal and disease states.

Introductory Microbiology
Microbiology is the study of organisms – bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses – that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Not all microorganisms are beneficial. For example one third of the world’s population dies from infections (e.g. AIDS affects more than 40 million individuals worldwide), the foot and mouth epidemics, the emergence of avian influenza (bird flu), with its high mortality, bacteria are constantly evolving mechanisms enabling them to resist antimicrobial agents used to treat infections, driving the quest for new antibiotics. Microbiology is concerned not only with pathogenic microbes that cause disease but also the predominantly beneficial activities of microbes in the environment and their many biological applications. This module will introduce this fascinating topic which will be further developed in later modules

Personal & Professional Development
This module will provide an introduction to a range of skills that will develop the students in terms of their mathematical abilities, their communication (written and oral) skills, their analytical, design and critical thinking skills, and their innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Each of these key educational outcomes will be further developed through the other modules such that the Diplomates/Advanced Diplomates will be of value to the existing and emerging biomedical industries in Singapore and abroad.

Introductory Biomedical Science Specialisms
This module introduces the student to the different sub-disciplines that comprise the specialist areas within the subject of Biomedical Sciences. The principal sub-disciplines include Clinical Chemistry, Haematology and Serology, Clinical Immunology and Pathology. Medical Microbiology, another major biomedical science specialism is covered in other modules. In this module the student will learn the broad nature and range of scientific areas of particular focus for each of these sub-disciplines and the way in which these are integrated in the hospital setting for patient diagnosis and health improvement. Learning the terminology of the various specialisms will help the student to communicate effectively with a wide range of biomedical scientists and biomedical science laboratories.

Course Learning Objectives

To facilitate your development into graduate scientists with a broad-based, core knowledge and understanding of biomedical science, coupled with specialist graduate-level skills and knowledge in one or more areas of biomedical science. In addition the programme is designed such that on completion you will be equipped with a wide range of employability and transferable skills along with an understanding of professional ethics and the relevance of biology to contemporary practical and ethical questions.

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, in classroom mode, practicals.

Course Commencement

January, April, July and October

Assessment Methodology

Assessments/Exams are conducted after every module.

Examinations, critical analysis and synthesis of laboratory reports, abstracts, business planning exercises, simulation and case studies.

Note:
In case students fail the main examination of a particular module, they are allowed to sit for ‘One’ supplement assessment with payment of the appropriate fee*. Students are to re-take the module, shall they fail the supplementary assessment. Modules are independent of each other.
* Refer to Miscellaneous Fees

Graduation Requirements and Awards

Students must complete and pass 6 modules to be awarded the Diploma in Biomedical Science conferred by CSM Academy International Pte Ltd.

Local students must achieve an attendance of 75% and international students must achieve an attendance of 90% in any month of the course.

Career Opportunities

  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Research Assistance
  • Sales and Marketing Personnel for Health Sectors

Entry Requirement

GCE ‘A’ Level with at least 3 passes or equivalent.

GCE ‘O’ Level holder with a minimum age of 30 at the point of application and 8 years of working experience.

 

English Requirement:

GCE ‘A’ level pass in English or equivalent

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

International student: S$600 (before GST)
Local student: S$50 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

For local students: S$ 1,600.00 per module totalling S$ 9,600.00 (6 modules) – before GST
For International students: S$10,500 (before GST)

Note:
Students are required to pay for the following miscellaneous fees on modules with lab sessions:

  • Laboratory Coat & Cap S$30 (before GST)
  • Material cost for module with laboratory experiments S$150 (before GST)

Insurance Fees

  • Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate
  • Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.
****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.

Note:

  • Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.
  • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Local students

Step 1 – Fill up the following online forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd

Step 2 – Attached the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity for foreigners with valid pass) / NRIC (For Singaporean / PRs)
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • A copy of resume
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post.

Step 5: Payment of Programme Fees
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment.

International Students

Step 1 – Fill up the following forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International
  • ICA Form 16 and Form V36 (complete in English and duly signed by applicant)

Step 2 – Attach the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity)
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • Resume or Letter from employer certifying period of employment (if applicable)
  • Bank balance to show a minimum of S$30,000 for students from visa-required countries (China, India etc)
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post. Alternatively, you may also submit the documents to CSM Academy’s recruitment partner in your country.

Step 5: Application of Student Pass
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, CSM Academy will proceed to submit your Student’s Pass application via SOLAR+ to Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You will know of the outcome within 1 – 2 months.

Step 6: Payment of Programme Fees
Once your Student Pass application is approved-in-principle by ICA, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment. Do contact our Student & Industry Outreach Executive if you require student services on arrival such as airport pick-up, accommodation, medical check-up and more.

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