FAQ: Academic Prerequisite Information

MEDEX looks for evidence of the ability to succeed in an intense, scientific, graduate-level curriculum. Prerequisite courses include Human Anatomy & Physiology and basic science courses, which include chemistry, biology, microbiology, pathophysiology, genetics, etc. Each prerequisite course must be passed with a minimum B- grade (2.7 GPA) for both the master’s and bachelor’s degree options.

Prerequisite courses must be taken as “stand-alone” courses, separate from any prior training program. Courses can be taken at any regionally accredited community college or university for a grade. This may include some college courses completed online, but applicants should check the accreditation of the online institution before registering for courses. All courses must appear for credit with a grade on an official college transcript.

The required college-level English courses needed to apply to the bachelor’s option must be taken at an accredited community college or university in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. At least one of the English courses must be a basic composition course at the 100 level or higher.

Q: How old can my prerequisite courses be?

A: Basic science and Human Anatomy and Physiology courses should ideally be completed within the last five (5) to seven (7) years. There is no timeline for English or qualifying University of Washington courses.

Q: What is considered an Anatomy and Physiology course?

A: Courses that will satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology requirement must specifically focus on human anatomy and physiology. Courses such as those covering invertebrate zoology or mammalian A&P do not fulfill this requirement.

Q: When do the prerequisite courses need to be complete?

A: All MEDEX prerequisite coursework must be completed by the October 1st deadline. This applies to all applicants to either the bachelor’s or master’s degree option. Prerequisite courses taken autumn quarter, completed after October 1st will not be considered when evaluating prerequisites. Applications cannot be reviewed for an interview until MEDEX has a complete application packet. The later an application is completed, the fewer interview slots will be available. Applicants applying to the master’s degree option must complete their bachelor’s degree by December 31st in the year they apply to qualify for applying to the UW Graduate School. Coursework planned for spring or summer quarter of the upcoming year will not be accepted.

Q: Do you accept CLEP credits?

A: No

Q: Are DANTES credits accepted for prerequisites?

A: Yes

Q: Can I take an online course to satisfy prerequisites?

A: Yes. If you choose to take an online course, please remember that courses that have been audited or taken for Pass/Fail grades will not satisfy the minimum B- or better grade requirement per course.

Q: Do you have a GPA requirement? What is the average GPA for incoming students?

A: There is not a cumulative minimum GPA requirement for those applying to the bachelor’s degree option. Applicants to the master’s degree option are required to have a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA for the last 90 credits (60 semester credits). The average combined overall GPA of incoming class in 2012 was 3.31 for both the master’s and bachelor’s students.


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