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, General Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Statistics, and English. 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 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: Prerequisite 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, comparative anatomy, or mammalian A&P do not fulfill this requirement.

Q: What is considered a General Biology course?

A: General Biology courses are commonly named General, Cellular, Molecular, or Human Biology. These courses will be considered as meeting the General Biology prerequisite. Labs are recommended, but not required.

Q: What is considered a Chemistry course?

A: Chemistry courses that MEDEX will consider include Biochemistry, Organic, Inorganic, and General Chemistry. Biochemistry will not be accepted as a biology course and can only be used to satisfy this requirement.

Q: What is considered a Microbiology course?

A: Microbiology courses MEDEX accepts will be a general Microbiology course or Microbiology for Health Sciences. Microbiology taken as part of a certificate or professional degree training program will not be accepted. We recommend 200 level courses when available.

Q: What is considered a Statistics course?

A: MEDEX will consider comprehensive Statistics courses taken within any department, including math, sciences, and psychology. Biostatistics is recommended to meet this requirement.

Q: What is considered an English course?

A: In addition to the required Composition course, commonly accepted courses include a second Composition course and Literature courses. Speech courses and Medical Terminology will not be considered for this requirement. Advanced Placement (AP) credit will satisfy this requirement and must appear on an official college transcript. English courses taken in foreign countries are considered as English as a Second Language (ESL) unless taken in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, and therefore do not meet the English course requirement.

Q: Are introductory and survey courses accepted as prerequisites?

A: Survey and introductory courses are often not comprehensive and therefore not appropriate for fulfilling any of the MEDEX prerequisites. Applicants are encouraged to take higher level sciences to prepare for the rigor of the program.

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: 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 GPA of incoming students in 2014 was 3.35 for both the Master’s and Bachelor’s students. Competitive applicants will commonly have a GPA between a 3.2 and 3.5.


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