Checklist for HCP MS students

This document is some advice about how to navigate our curriculum and how to choose courses. There are differences between the HCP MS requirements and those listed for the other MS and PhD degrees; those differences are highlighted here.

  • Start by reviewing the curriculum at BMI curriculum description in ExploreDegrees, the SCPD website, and the SCPD HCP Program Handbook. You should also review the BMI Student Handbook.
  • Core courses: Although many classes necessary for the degree are available online, some requirements may be fulfilled through implementation of an alternative plan to be approved by the program. BMI 212 requires special arrangements with the instructor, so we can include you in the class remotely if possible. Note that core courses should be taken for a grade, not pass/no credit (unless not offered for a grade).
  • Stats 200 was not offered remotely before Spring 2020 – suggested alternatives: MS&E 226 or HRP 259 and HRP 261.
  • Computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering electives (18 units). Courses that can count for CS/Stats/Math/Eng is listed on the Electives page. Up to 6 units of CS/Stats/Math/Eng can be taken pass/fail. If you are following the new curriculum (admitted after Aug 1, 2016), note that CS 161 and STATS 200 are required. These two courses, or some of their prerequisites, may not be available through SCPD. You should submit a course plan with next best alternatives: these may include similar courses at Stanford, or courses at other institutions (note that outside courses would not count towards the required 45 units).
  • Social and Ethical issues (4 units): Currently, only one class satisfies this requirement and are offered through SCPD. This is: MS&E 256: Technology Assessment and Regulation of Medical Devices, Spring quarter. If you are on-campus, there are many more: type "bmi::ethics" (with the quotes) into the search box in explorecourses. Note that although MED 255 is listed as required, it is required only for MS and PhD students engaged in NIH-funded research at Stanford. This typically does not apply to HCP students.
  • BMI-approved electives (6 units): These are, as the name implies, BMI-related electives of your choosing. They need to be at or above the 100 level. Generally, any course listed on our electives page or with BMI course number will qualify. If you are not sure, discuss with your academic advisor and with BMI Student Services. 
  • How to put the courses in order. Use one of the course flowsheets. First, check ExploreCourses and the SCPD website for which quarter the courses are offered. Also, check the listed prerequisites for each class, and also the course websites for additional information about what's expected so you can estimate how difficult each class will be for you. Typically, SCPD students take one course per quarter. Note that SCPD imposes an upper limit of three courses per quarter. Also, use the BMI Student Wiki for advice on courses.
  • The following courses are only available P/F: BIOMEDIN 201, 205, 206, 207, 290, 299, 801, 802, and MED 255.
  • 45 units are required for the BMI MS.
  • All courses counted towards the MS must be at or above the 100 level.
  • You can include up to 18 units that you took Non-Degree Option before entering the MS program.
  • At least 23 units must be courses at or above the 200 level.
  • At least 27 units must taken for a grade.
  • Requests to transfer from part-time (HCP) to full-time (Academic MS) are reviewed by the BMI Exec on a case-by-case basis. Final decisions are at the BMI Exec's discretion. Please note the following limitations (for students enrolling in the HCP program starting Fall 2020):
  1. Students must complete a minimum of two (2) quarters in the part-time program excluding summer quarter or enrollment as a non-degree option student, before requesting to transfer to full-time. Therefore, the soonest the transfer can be discussed and approved is during the first BMI Exec meeting of the third quarter of the student in the HCP program
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 10 units of letter-graded courses that meet requirements for the BMI MS degree before commencing their first full-time (Academic MS) quarter 
  3. GPA will be considered as part of the request.
  4. Students can make a maximum of two (2) transfers during the program (e.g. transfer from part-time to full-time and back to part-time).
  5. Students should consider the availability of courses online before requesting to switch from full-time to part-time, especially if this may interfere with their ability to satisfy the requirements of the degree.