BSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

The Guided Pathway to The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences BSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences Program focuses on the molecular and genetic theory and techniques used to diagnose and monitor disease, detect risk, and make patient treatment decisions. Molecular testing is used in a variety of medical specialties, including infectious disease, oncology, human leukocyte antigen typing, forensics, identity testing, and pharmacogenomics. By analyzing the specific biological markers of a patient, molecular diagnostics offers the prospect of personalized medicine. Students who complete this program will be eligible to take the Technologist exam in Molecular Biology offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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 2.7.
  • 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...

8 credits of chemistry with lab

general chemistry I & II, chemistry for the health sciences I & II, college chemistry I & II, etc..

For more information

Program Director: Graciela Lopez Gamboa
Program Website