SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers programs to prepare health sciences professionals in selected disciplines, emphasizing the interdependent roles of the network of professionals who constitute the health care team. For specific information on the requirements of the undergraduate degree programs described briefly below, see www.gwumc.edu/healthsci.
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Degree Programs
In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree programs listed here, certificate programs are offered in several areas—some in conjunction with degree programs, others freestanding. All undergraduate health sciences programs are designed for upper-division transfer students who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of specified course work at an accredited postsecondary institution. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences may be earned via distance education in clinical management and leadership, clinical research administration, clinical laboratory science, and emergency health services.
Pharmacogenomics—The field of pharmacogenomics is emerging as more is learned about the genetic structure in the human body. Students enrolled in the pharmacogenomics major may apply for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy; students accepted for admission may be enrolled in the second year of Shenandoah’s Pharm.D. program upon completion of their GW degree. Alternatively, graduates of the pharmacogenomics program are qualified to pursue a graduate degree or work in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical field.
Applicants to the full-time 129-credit-hour program must have a grade-point average of 3.0 in 60 credits of specified prerequisite courses.
Clinical Laboratory Science—Clinical laboratory scientists perform and evaluate various laboratory procedures to determine the absence, presence, extent, and basis of disease. As medical investigators, program graduates perform complex examinations on state-of-the-art instruments and computers in the areas of hematology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, and blood banking.
Applicants to the 120-credit-hour program must have satisfactorily completed 65 credits in specified courses, complete a telephone interview, and submit an Essential Functions Acknowledgement Form.
Emergency Health Services—Emergency health services personnel may plan and organize programs, supervise emergency department clinicians, assist in projects that require expertise in emergency medical procedures, and function in the network of information systems that is central to emergency care.
Applicants must hold certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Where applicable, the following records should be provided: proof of current participation in an emergency medical services system and photocopies of scores or certificates from national registry examinations or certifying board examinations. The program requires 120 credit hours. A bachelor’s/master’s dual-degree program is available.
Clinical Management and Leadership—The major in clinical management and leadership has been developed for health care professionals prepared at the associate’s degree level (e.g., radiographers, respiratory therapists, nurses, medical laboratory technicians) to broaden knowledge and experience in health sciences services and develop pathways for career advancement.
Applicants must submit documentation of an associate’s degree or equivalent preparation in a health sciences discipline and current professional certification or other appropriate health science credential. The program requires 120 credit hours. Bachelor’s/master’s dual-degree programs are available.
Clinical Research Administration—Clinical research administration is a large and expanding field that involves the processes in which products (drugs, devices, biologicals) and treatment protocols are developed for patient care. This major prepares health sciences professionals to participate in the science and business of developing these patient care products and protocols.
Applicants must submit documentation of completion of at least 60 credit hours of college-level course work and current professional certification or other appropriate health sciences credentials. The program requires 120 credit hours. Bachelor’s/master’s dual-degree programs are available.
Sonography—Diagnostic medical sonographers scan patients to obtain images that help physicians diagnose disease. Five majors are available within this full-time program: vascular sonography (125 credit hours), cardiac sonography (125 credit hours), general sonography (127 credit hours), vascular and cardiac sonography (130 credit hours), and vascular and general sonography (132 credit hours).
Students applying to the program must have satisfactorily completed 60 credits in specified course work, of which up to 48 credits may be from completion of an approved program in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy technology, or diagnostic medical sonography, provided students hold or will hold current registration during the first semester of study at GW.
Secondary Fields of Study
See Health Sciences, Anatomy, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the course listings section for courses that pertain to secondary fields in these subjects. See www.gwumc.edu/healthsci, www.gwumc.edu/anatomy, and www.gwumc.edu/smhs/biochemistry/. Information on the secondary field in emergency health services can be found at www.gwumc.edu/healthsci/programs/ems_sfs/.
The Doctor of Medicine Early Selection Program
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers an early selection program intended to give talented and committed students early assurance of admission to the M.D. program. Students of exceptional promise are chosen for the early selection program at the end of their sophomore year and are expected to modify their planned curriculum for the junior and senior years toward more creative and difficult course choices. Early assurance of admission is planned to provide students the freedom to pursue a rigorous liberal education, while completing minimal premedical requirements without concern for the grade-point average. Specific details about the early selection program are available through the Office of Admissions of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.