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M.S.B.S. Human Donation Science

Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MSBS) Human Donation Science


The University of Toledo developed the nation's first and only academic program designed to prepare people to coordinate and oversee the organ donation and transplantation process. The HDS program, a professional science master's degree program within the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

The online track is designed for individuals already working in the field who have an affiliation to an organ procurement organization, a transplant center, and a tissue bank. The program can be full time or part time, beginning any semester.


The University of Toledo is a 4 year, public, regionally accredited university that has been serving students since 1872. With convenient online classes, expert faculty, as well as affordable tuition, UT’s College of Nursing is the perfect environment for you to pursue an advanced degree and open the door to expanded career opportunities. UT also has many resources that a large institution offers such as; eTutoring, IT Help Desk, and eLibrary.


Basic science and medical science provide a foundation for professional coursework and supervised clinical experience. In addition, courses also focus upon the legal, ethical, socio-cultural and behavioral dimensions associated with death, organ donation and transplantation. Faculty in this innovative program include basic scientists and clinical faculty, including transplant surgeons from UTMC, and others who are leaders within organ procurement and donation.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Biomedical Science - Human Donation Science will be prepared to take national certification examinations offered by the American Board for Transplant Certification after working in the field for one year.


Organ & Tissue Donation Coordinators facilitate the organ donation process from the beginning to end.

  • Liaison with donor's family, the coroner, the medical and nursing staff, the organ procurement organization and ultimately the transplant surgeon.
  • Coordinators use skill and diplomacy to work through and with a number of issues, agendas, and personalities in order to achieve a successful organ transplant.
  • Starting salaries range from $50,000 to $60,000.


The curriculum consists of eight core courses and three elective courses (40 credit hours) offered in a three-semester sequence over three blocks for the online students.

The courses include didactic and experiential learning and culminate in a capstone seminar. 

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree from a school that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for accreditation of postsecondary education, see more . . .


Last Updated: 9/24/18