Application Deadline Fall: July 20
Spring: December 1
Summer: March 20
GW SMHS does not admit first-time college freshmen or provide general education courses; therefore, students are expected to enroll at another institution of higher education for at least one semester during an academic year following their high school graduation, and prior to transferring into GW.
Recommendation(s) required One letter of recommendation (letter of recommendation is waived for GAA applicants)
Prior academic records Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended (including via dual enrollment), whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes. Official transcript may also be sent electronically directly from the institution.
Applicants may receive credit for college-level coursework through International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Official score results must be forwarded directly from the College Board.  Please refer to GW Undergraduate Admissions ( for information on maximum credits, minimum scores, and GW course equivalents for AP and IB credits.
Statement of purpose Applicants must include a 250–500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, 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.
Additional requirements Resume/CV
Prospective online students must submit verification of MLT certification or proof of graduation from a NAACLS accredited MLT program within 6 months of their start term. Hybrid students will be required to come to the Foggy Bottom campus for labs.
Students residing beyond 25 miles outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and/or who wish to complete the clinical practicums in their area of residence must have identified an acceptable, accredited (i.e., TJC, CAP, etc.) clinical laboratory willing to provide the clinical instruction. A Clinical Site Verification (CSV) form must be filled out by the laboratory manager/director or the education coordinator of the facility and submitted to the appropriate program clinical coordinator for approval.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and science GPA of 2.5. (For GAA applicants, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and science GPA of 2.5 are required)
Prerequisites Applicants must have at least 45 credits from a regionally accredited college or university, which include the coursework specified below:
English Composition (composition I & II) - 6 Credits
College Mathematics (algebra, statistics, or higher) - 3 Credits
Humanities - 3 Credits
Social Sciences - 6 Credits
Biology (lecture and hands-on lab) - 8 Credits
Chemistry (lecture and hands-on lab) - 8 Credits
If you have an associate degree from a participating D.C., Maryland, Virginia community college, you may be eligible for guaranteed admission to this program. Review the list of participating institutions (
International Students: This online program is not visa eligible.
Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here (
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 the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Dueling English Test (DET). 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 6.0, or DET overall score of 120.
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or DET scores: They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR; They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR; They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits in required and elective courses; at least 60 of these credits must be taken at GW.

Required prerequisite courses
6 credits of English composition
8 credits in general biology with laboratory
8 credits in general chemistry with lab
3 credits in humanities
3 credits in quantitative reasoning (college algebra, statistics, or higher)
6 credits in in social sciences
11 credits in elective courses
Required and elective courses that can be transferred in or taken at GW
3 credits in biotechnology (HSCI 1106 if taken at GW)
3 credits in organic chemistry, clinical chemistry, or biochemistry (MLS 3003 if taken at GW)
4 credits in microbiology w/lab (HSCI 3106 and HSCI 3108 if taken at GW)
5 credits in elective courses
Required courses and electives that must be taken at GW
CERT 3005Current Topics in Biomedical Sciences
MLS 3000Clinical Laboratory Mathematics
MLS 3001WProfessional Ethics for Medical Laboratory Scientists
MLS 4141Immunology and Serology
MLS 4151Molecular Diagnostics
MLS 4158Laboratory Management and Operations
MLS 4170Introduction to Molecular Biology
MLS 4171Human Genetics
MLS 4172Molecular Diagnostics Capstone
MLS 4217Molecular Techniques
MLS 4242Applications of Molecular Testing
MLS 4266Molecular Diagnostics Practicum
And one course selected from the following:
MLS 2007WMicrobes and Society
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
Additional required courses for the hybrid program option only.
MLS 4251Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
MLS 4252Applications of Molecular Testing Laboratory
Electives for the hybrid and online program options
Students pursuing the hybrid program option take 15 credits in HSCI, MLS or CERT elective courses.
Students pursuing the fully online program option take 18 credits in HSCI, MLS or CERT elective courses.
Optional concentration
All students can choose to complete a concentration in either assisted reproductive technology or microbiology. Credits taken in the concentration count toward the elective requirement.
Assisted reproductive technology concentration:
CERT 3004Endocrinology for Health Sciences
CERT 4010Clinical Human Embryology
CERT 4012Clinical Human Andrology
CERT 4014Human Reproductive Cryobiology
MLS 4995Independent Research in Biomedical Laboratory Science
Microbiology concentration:
MLS 2005Plagues, Pandemics, and Epidemics
MLS 4116Clinical Bacteriology I
MLS 4117Clinical Bacteriology II
MLS 4119Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology
MLS 4164Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLS 4216Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory ((hybrid option only))
MLS 4219Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology Laboratory ((Hybrid option only))
MLS 4995Independent Research in Biomedical Laboratory Science