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Certificate in Blood Banking for Medical Laboratory Science: Admission Requirements

Key Dates

Application Deadline

December 6, 2021

Start Date

January 3, 2022

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

Completed Application
Cumulative and Science GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale 
Bachelor’s degree
Resume/CV
One letter of recommendation
Personal statement: Applicants must include a 250–500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars, and graduates of minority-serving institutions (MSI).
Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members

Completed coursework: All required courses must be completed with a C grade (C- grades and lower do not transfer) or better at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning:

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Combination of 30 semester hours of Biology and Chemistry coursework

*Please be prepared to provide unofficial transcripts to determine program admissibility.

Applicants with clinical laboratory experience may be eligible to waive individual practical requirements. Students who live outside of the Washington, D.C., metro area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission. Learn more about the clinical waivers and the clinical placement process.
Review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policies in the Health Sciences Programs Bulletin
Post Matriculation (to be completed before the end of the first semester): Physical exam with clinician sign-off of Essential Functions Form, copy of criminal background check, and a copy of drug screening test
Students seeking state licensure in California and New York (either as a current resident or choosing to relocate) will need to complete additional clinical hours to comply with their state’s current clinical hours licensure requirements.

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International Students

This program is not visa eligible. Permanent residents or those with a valid visa (e.g., work) may apply to perform their rotation in the US. International students may apply without a visa if they have an approved clinical site in their geographic region.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics, or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 internet-based; GW’s school code for the TOEFL is 5246
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0

International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if:

  • You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.