Frequently Asked Questions

Program Questions

What distinguishes George Washington University's program from other post-bac pre-med programs?
  • The cohort nature of our program. Our students take classes that are restricted to only the post-bac students, rather than taking courses among GW undergraduate students.
  • We are a small program with a favorable faculty-to-student ratio. Our TAs offer anywhere from 20-40 hours of one-on-one or group tutoring each week.
  • We are housed within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and therefore have access to world class clinical and research opportunities.
  • We have partnered with local organizations in the metro DC area to facilitate volunteer experiences as well. 
  • We also have incorporated a MCAT prep course into the program in partnership with Kaplan.
What is a PA?

A PA (physician assistant) is a skilled member of the health care team who practices medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician and fulfills a broad range of medical services that would otherwise be provided by the physician. For more information visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

What if I have not taken the SAT or ACT?

Our admissions committee uses one of these two standardized tests in the admissions process to help determine whether applicants can be successful in an accelerated science program. If students have not taken either of these two tests, they can substitute the general GRE test score.

Does the Pre-PA track offer all the prerequisites needed for any PA program?

PA programs have different prerequisite requirements. It is best to contact programs you are interested in attending to verify which courses are needed. Many programs require at least three credits of psychology which we do not offer in our program.

How successful have graduates of the GW Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program been in getting accepted to medical school or a PA program?

Advising is provided throughout the application process, even after students complete the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program. Please see our Program Outcomes page regarding the success of our graduates.

Does your curriculum include all medical school prerequisites?

Our curriculum includes the primary science prerequisites for most allopathic and osteopathic medical school admissions, including two semesters of each of the following: general chemistry, biology, physics, and organic chemistry, all with accompanying laboratories. Biochemistry is also included as an additional course since it is required by some medical schools and is heavily emphasized on the MCAT. There may be other courses that medical schools require that our program doesn’t offer, including calculus, psychology, and English composition. However, these courses often may be taken while applying to medical school as long as completed by matriculation to medical school. You should review the prerequisite requirements of specific medical schools to which you hope to apply for more information.

May I only take the courses that I need?

No. Our courses are restricted to fully matriculating students in the program. You may be better served by a less structured post-bac program that allows you to pick and choose only the courses that you need and allows you to take upper level science courses to enhance your academic record.

Are courses restricted to only Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine cohort students or may other students enroll?

All core courses within the program are restricted to members of the cohort.

I have already taken coursework offered in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program curriculum. Am I a good candidate for this program?

Our program is intended for career changers who have not yet taken the prerequisite science coursework, unless taken more than 5 years ago. Students who have completed the majority (more than 50%) of the coursework are not eligible and are advised to consider an academic enhancer-type of program, such as GW’s Graduate Certificate and Master's degree in Anatomical and Translational Sciences.

Students who have previously taken two semesters of physics in the last 5 years may opt to substitute two semesters of Anatomy & Physiology

I am interested in applying to dental school. Am I a good candidate for this program?

Our program is designed for those students interested in applying to medical school or dental school, since the prerequisite coursework for dental school is similar to that of medical school. Although we’ve partnered with Kaplan to offer an on-site MCAT preparatory course, those admitted students planning to take the DAT for dental school application can participate in the DAT prep course via online or in person at nearby Kaplan locations.

Is it possible to have a job while enrolled in the program?

Unfortunately our classes are only offered during the day, nearly every day of the week, therefore it would be very difficult to work, even part-time, while enrolled in our program.

Is financial aid available for your program?

Yes, our program is eligible for federal financial aid. There are a limited number of scholarships available for qualified applicants. All students will be considered for scholarship awards. No additional application is required. Additional scholarships are available from the GW Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). Applicants are encouraged to visit the HCOP website for more details.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact GW’s Office Financial Aid (http://financialaid.gwu.edu/) for more information.

Admissions Questions

When can I begin participating in the program?

At the present time, GW’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine program enrolls one cohort per year to begin each summer semester (mid-May). We begin accepting and reviewing completed applications on a rolling basis in early fall through March, and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

How many students do you anticipate admitting each year?

35-40

What is the minimum undergraduate GPA needed to apply?

The average GPA for matriculating students is 3.5-3.6.

Are there any prerequisite courses I must take before applying to the program?

Although not required, some students may elect to take calculus or statistics prior to starting. These courses are required at some medical schools and serve as a good predictors as to how you may perform in science courses in the program. At a minimum, students should review basic algebra concepts prior to starting the program.

What standardized test scores are required for the application?  Is the GRE acceptable as a substitute for the SAT or ACT?

Applicants must submit official copies of scores from the SAT, ACT, or GRE regardless of how long ago they were taken.

Am I required to have clinical experiences related to health care prior to applying to the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to gain clinical experiences prior to applying to the post-bac program to (1) affirm for yourself that medicine is the field that you wish to change your career, and (2) show the program of your commitment to a career in medicine.  You can continue to volunteer while in the post-bac program, but it will greatly strengthen your application to have some experiences prior to applying.

Do you accept out-of-state residents, or give an advantage toward in-state applicants for admissions decisions?

Since GW is a private, not state-supported institution, there is no difference in terms of cost or admissions for in- or out-of-state residents.

Does the program accept international students?

At this time, our program is not able to sponsor visas for international students.