BSHS in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology

Clinical embryologists are trained medical laboratory professionals who specialize in aiding infertility treatment with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and assisted reproductive technology (ART). There is a growing demand for professionals in this rapidly expanding field. This bachelor’s degree program is the first in the nation that prepares students for positions in ART laboratories, biotechnology companies, research institutes, and hospitals. In addition, graduates of the program will be eligible to take the embryology and andrology board certification examination (ELS and ALS) offered by the American Board of Bioanalysts. Graduates will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate if they choose.

Admission/Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of an applicable associate degree from a partner community college.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required on the GW-GAA partner transcript. If additional transcripts exist, a cumulative GPA that includes all institutions must be a minimum of 2.5.
  • Science GPA of 2.50 in prerequisite science courses.
  • Completed each transferable coursework with a grade of C (C minus will not meet the requirement) or higher. 
  • If a science prerequisite is repeated, all grades will be factored into the GPA.
  • Completed GW application process.
  • Students applying to BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Prerequisite Courses


6 credits in English composition

composition I and composition II.

3 credits in humanities

art theory/history, literature, religion, ethics, history, foreign language, etc...

3 credits in college math (college algebra, statistics, or higher)

college algebra, precalculus, calculus, statistics, etc..

6 credits in social sciences

sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology, criminology, government, etc...

8 credits of biology with lab

general biology I & II, anatomy & physiology I & II, biology for the health sciences I & II, etc...

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Program Director: Marcia A. Firmani
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