Frequently Asked Questions

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

Application Questions

The CAM application deadline extended to July 1st for Fall Admission.

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

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

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

We currently do not offer a PhD program. 

Currently the program starts only in the Fall semester. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

The CAM program currently does not have a linkage with the Georgetown Medical school. The CAM program does have linkages with other professional schools.

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.  

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

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

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. 

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.