Pre-Medicine Academic Enhancer Programs

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The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers two pre-medicine academic enhancer programs for candidates interested in applying to medical schools or biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs. Both programs are designed to enhance competitiveness of applications to medical school or to transition to an advanced graduate degree in the biomedical sciences.

Based on their level of readiness for admission in a health professional school, applicants apply to either:

Both academic enhancer programs have a clinically oriented curriculum with a problem-based learning approach that focuses on basic medical sciences taught to first-year medical students. Since the GCATS program constitutes the first year of the M-ATS curriculum, GCATS students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 can submit an application to transfer their 19 credits from GCATS to the M-ATS program.

An MCAT preparatory course is offered in both pre-med programs.

Each program has its own deadline and application process, as detailed on their web pages. All inquiries about the programs should be sent to

» Download a program comparison chart (pdf)

Option 1: Graduate Certificate Program in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS)

Spring 2020

          Apply to GCATS

Summer 2020

          Apply to medical schools

GCATS Fall 2020


GCATS Spring 2021

          Interviews | Matriculation into medical schools

End of Spring 2021

          GCATS Graduation

Fall 2021

          Medical school begins

Option 2: Master of Science in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS)

Spring 2020

Apply to M-ATS

M-ATS Fall 2020
(equivalent of GCATS Fall)

MCAT preparation

M-ATS Spring 2021
(equivalent of GCATS Spring)


Summer 2021

Apply to medical school

M-ATS Fall 2021

Medical school interviews 

M-ATS Spring 2022

Medical school interviews | Matriculation into medical school

End of Spring 2022

M-ATS Graduation

Fall 2022

Medical school begins