Admissions for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

New York Residents - We advise applicants who are considering New York state licensure to review the license requirements before accepting admission to the program. 

Applying for Admission

All applicants must complete the GW Online Application. 

Please submit an application via the new GW Online Application (Select Undergraduate as the program type).

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • Spring Entry: October 15
    • Summer Entry: March 1
    • Fall Entry: August 7th
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  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Blood Banking - Fall Entry Only: July 15
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chemistry- Summer Entry Only: March 1
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hematology - Fall Entry Only: July 15
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Microbiology - Spring Entry Only: October 15

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:

  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
  • Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)
  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission

General Admission Requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program

2. Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.5 

3. Resume

Attach your current resume or CV.

Active-duty military do not need to submit a resume. Attach current orders.

4. Official Transcripts

Please submit official military transcripts (e.g. JST, CCAF). Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to include AP and IB scores, to the following address:

The George Washington University
Health Sciences Programs
Office of Admissions
2100 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.,
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

Or via e-mail to: hsphora@gwu.edu

All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO.

5. Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required and must be submitted by your recommender through the GW Online Application. After submitting the contact information for your recommender, they will recieve an email with a link to upload their letter directly to your application. The letter of recommendation should be from:

  • Academic instructor who can strongly attest to your academic ability, or
  • Individual who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic

Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.

6. Statement of Purpose

Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, 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.

7. Identify Clinical Practicum Sites

You will be asked to identify the appropriate option for completing your clinical practica as part of the online admissions application. If you live within 25 miles of the Washington DC Metro Area, you may either choose to go to one of our local affiliates or secure your own clinical site. If you live 25 miles outside of the Washington DC Metro Area, you will need to secure a clinical site. If you are securing your own clinical site you must submit a completed Clinical Site Verification Form and will be prompted to upload the completed form in the online application. Your application will not be reviewed until this form is received.

8. Essential Functions Form

All applicants are required to review the Essential Functions as part of the application process. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understand all of the essential functions when completing the online admissions application.

9. English Language Test

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.

TOEFL, PTE, and IELTS scores are valid for two years after the test date. Applicants may be exempted from the English Language Test on a case-by-case basis. The advisor should contact the Admissions Office on behalf of the student for a review. All guaranteed admission agreement students are exempted from the English Language requirement.

10. All applicants are required to review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policy found in the Health Sciences Student Handbook.

11. All applicants who are accepted for any of the certificates will be required to submit the following at matriculation (i.e. during their first semester):

  • Copy of criminal background check
  • Copy of drug screening test

12. Candidates who are accepted for any of the certificates will be required to submit the following prior to clinical rotations (i.e. before starting Phase II of the program):

  • Immunization records, including PPD (within the past 12 months) and evidence of Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Diphtheria, Polio, and Tetanus vaccination.
  • Copy of physical examination
  • Copy of health insurance

Program-Specific Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

All required courses must be completed with a C grade or better at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate–Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Biology (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (8 credits)
  • Microbiology (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (4 credits)
  • Chemistry (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (3 credits)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate–Blood Banking

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Combination of 30 semester hours of Biology and Chemistry coursework

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate–Chemistry

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Combination of 30 semester hours of Biology and Chemistry coursework, including 16 hours of Chemistry

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate–Hematology

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Combination of 30 semester hours of Biology and Chemistry coursework

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate–Microbiology

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Combination of 30 semester hours of Biology and Chemistry coursework including Microbiology with Lab

Eligibility for Active-Duty Military Discounted Tuition Rate

A discounted tuition rate is available for active-duty service members in our distance education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs in MLS. Please see the Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information on program rates. In order to receive this rate, your program must receive the following documents during the admission process. If your status changes during your program, please contact your GW program advisor.

For students on active-duty, we need:

(a) Copy of Enlistment Contract AND
(b) Statement from the Personnel Section (e.g. S-1 Army, N-1 Navy) providing statement of employment and end date of the enlistment contract.

For active-duty personnel who will retire or separate before they complete their program, the discounted rate is granted during the enrollment period that aligns with the contract. Students will be returned to the standard DE rate once they retire or separate.

For Reserve and National Guard who have been activated, we need: 

(a) Orders for Mobilization OR
(b) Orders for Active Duty for Training (Annual Training not included)

For Reserve and National Guard, the discounted rate is granted during the enrollment period that aligns with the orders. Students will be returned to the standard DE rate once the orders expire.
 
Note: Orders must align with the enrollment period to be eligible. For example, orders for active status for a few days of the semester would not be eligible for the discounted rate during that semester. Please contact the program office if you have questions.

Transferring Credits

For more information about transferring in credits as an incoming student, please refer to the Curriculum page.