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The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has had a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, collaborating to offer contract degree programs in a variety of health sciences fields to active duty soldiers. Thousands of soldiers and sailors have participated in these programs over the years and successfully completed one or more degree programs.

Credits for military health care training are awarded in combination with general education college credits, building an academic program that can lead to Associates degrees in Science, Bachelor of Science degrees and Master of Science degrees in Health Sciences.

The GW SMHS relationship with the Navy dates back to the mid-1970's when GW began offering degree programs in Advanced Hospital Corps School, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Oral Biology, Physician Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Undersea Medical Technology. The relationship with the Army formally began in the mid-1990's with a degree program in Medical Laboratory Technology and, later, Cytotechnology.

In recent years, the Health Sciences programs have continued to expand our degree offerings to military personnel who have completed prior training in health care fields. We have developed specialized contract offerings with the Army, the Navy, and the Tri-Service programs. We also provide specialized distance learning programs leading to academic degrees for military personnel with prior training in health care fields. Health Sciences remains committed to meeting the educational needs of the armed forces for the long term.


GW recognizes the importance of maintaining accreditation by appropriate academic and professional agencies and organizations. We believe that ongoing accreditation of the University, its schools, departments, and programs enhances our reputation as a center of academic excellence and as a trusted provider of educational and professional preparation. This is important to prospective and current students, as well as to our alumni.

The George Washington University is:

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency
  • On the approved list of the American Association of University Women
  • Member of the College Board

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