Frequently Asked Questions

Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) and Admissions Office Frequently Asked Questions.

Application Questions

  • What is the application deadline?

We still have spots available! Please email to inquire how to apply.

  • Am I required to submit a supplemental data form?

No, for our application, we DO NOT require a supplemental data form.

  • Can you waive my application fee?

Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to waive anyone's application fee; it is the graduate school policy that cannot be influenced.

  • How can I learn more about the CAM Program?

You are welcome to stop by our offices and learn more about the program. Please contact Lucy Cherner, the CAM Program Coordinator at, to set up an appointment. 

You can also visit the Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) table at a number of graduate school fairs around the country and ask about our program. For more information see the page Connect with BGE

Program Logistics Questions
  • Do you offer a PhD Program?

We currently do not offer a PhD program. 

  • Can I start in the Spring Semester?

Currently the program starts only in the Fall semester. 

  • Do you offer online, evening, or weekend courses?

Currently we do not offer online, evening, or weekend courses. It is a full time weekday Masters program. However, please check back in with us in six months for any changes. 

  • Can I audit any of the classes?

We currently do not offer auditing of any classes. However, you may be able to take the class if there is availability. You can register for the class as a Continuing Education student.  We expect all students to complete all of the assignments and exams, and participate in discussions. 

  • Are there any paid TAships, RAships or work-study opportunities available?

Currently Masters students do not have available TAships, RAships or work-study options in our department. It is possible to find TAships in undergraduate science courses on the main campus, which is up to the individual Masters student to obtain. However, most of those positions go to graduate students in the particular department affiliated with the class or to PhD students. 

  • What are the start and end dates of the program?

The CAM program is an 11 month program for full time students. The 2017-2018 academic year begins on August 30th, 2017 and Spring semester classes end on April 30th, 2018 followed by final exams. Students then complete a Practicum for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer months.

Medical School, Dental School, Graduate School and Career Preparation Questions
  • Does your program have linkage to Georgetown Medical School?

The CAM program currently does not have a linkage with the Georgetown Medical school. The CAM program does have linkages with other professional schools. Please check this page for details.

  • Can I do lab research in the program? Are these positions paid?

Yes, we help students find a part time volunteer lab research position on the Georgetown main or Medical Center campuses. These positions are unpaid. The lab will receive small funds from the CAM Program to cover your supplies, if you take the "CAM Research Techniques" elective course for credits. We advise students to do research in the Spring semester and not in the Fall semester, in which students already take a full 14 credit science course load.  

  • Can I do shadowing as part of the program?

Yes, we work with many clinics that accept our students for shadowing/observing experiences. 

  • Are there publishing opportunities in the program?

Yes, students who perform research in the "CAM Research Techniques" or in the "Complementary & Alternative Medicine Literature Research" courses, and students who perform research as part of their Practicum have opportunities for publication. Many students have been published in the past

  • Do you provide a Committee Recommendation Letter for Medical School?

The Co-Directors write a joint recommendation letter, however this is not the same as a Committee Letter. The Co-Directors will be teaching some of the courses and acting as academic advisors and mentors. Therefore the letter will be written from these perspectives. If you need a Committee letter, please contact your undergraduate pre-health advisor. 

  • Do you provide preparation for the MCAT, DAT or other professional school examinations?

The CAM program now offers a discounted in-classroom Kaplan MCAT prep course on Saturdays every semester, as well as discounted Kaplan online course materials. We offer workshops for various exam preparation in our Career Development Workshop Series, based on student interest. We also provide a vast library of resources and books for individualized study for our students.

  • Do you provide advising for Medical school, PhD programs, and other professional schools application process?

The Co-Directors and academic support staff work with students and alumni on an individual basis to provide strong advising and support for professional school admissions and job applications. 

  • Do you provide career and professional development training?

The CAM program offers career training workshops in our Career Development Workshop Series, based on student interest. The BGE Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development also offers workshops and career counseling. Students can also utilize the Cawley Career Education Center on the undergraduate campus.