Graduate Certificate in Anatomical & Translational Sciences (GCATS)

Get on Track for a Career in Medicine and Health

The Graduate Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS) is an academic enhancer program that offers a gateway into a career in medicine and health-related fields to first-time applicants and those who have previously but unsuccessfully applied to medical school or a physician assistant program.

Our small class size enables us to advise students and foster their key academic strengths required for successful matriculation in medical school or a physician assistant program. Students will work closely with committed faculty from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) on a rigorous and clinically oriented curriculum focusing on basic medical sciences taught during the first year of medical school, such as gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, embryology, and neuroanatomy. Students are also provided opportunities to conduct translational research with faculty of SMHS. GCATS offers a strong contemporary clinical emphasis using a problem-based learning approach. It is designed to maximize career opportunities and options in the health fields, to enhance competitiveness of applications to medical school or physician assistant programs, and to transition toward an advanced graduate degree program in the biomedical sciences.

What Will I Learn?

Students in the GCATS program will:

  • Receive enriched academic training for future physicians and other health care practioners.
  • Acquire a fundamental understanding of how the human body functions and knowledge of state-of-the-art biomedical imaging technology.
  • Gain a fundamental overview of the normal structure and function of the major organs of the human body.
  • Attain clinical insights and knowledge on current therapeutic approaches to prevent or treat diseases.

Who is Accepted into the GCATS Program?

Before entering into the program, students must have completed all premedical undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, math and English. Students, who have not completed their prerequisite courses, may consider applying to our affiliated GW Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate program offered at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus.

Neither the MCAT nor the GRE are required in order to apply or be accepted into the GCATS program.

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for admission to the GCATS program.

Visit the Application Process page for more information about applying to the GCATS program.