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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Molecular Diagnostic Science: Admission Requirements

Key Dates

Application Deadline

March 26, 2021

Start Date

April 26, 2021

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

Completed Application
2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Bachelor’s Degree: Applicants missing a bachelor’s degree will be required to apply as an HS non-degree student and complete prerequisites with a C or better before applying and being admitted to the program
Resume/CV
Statement of purpose: 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.
One letter of recommendation
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)
  • Biology (lecture and “hands-on” lab) (8 credits)
  • Microbiology (General or Clinical/Medicine – lecture and “hands-on” lab) (4 credits)
  • Chemistry (lecture and “hands-on” lab) (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Clinical Chemistry (3 credits)
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).
Students who live outside of the Washington, D.C., metro area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission
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International Students

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.