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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reproductive Clinical Science, MS Information


Candidates must have completed all undergraduate degree requirements and have been issued a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating as an EVMS student. If the bachelor’s degree was issued by a U.S. college or university, as a general rule, it should be from a regionally accredited institution. However, the program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued. Graduate level course transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application cycle for Summer 2021 will open on October 1, 2020. The early admissions application deadline for entry into the Summer 2021 cohort is November 15, 2020, and for the regular admission is January 2, 2021. 

Applicants must:

  • Have a grade point average of 2.75 (B-) or better.
  • Have successfully completed two semesters of college-level biology and chemistry with lab.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (submitted by the reference electronically) from individuals who are acquainted with you academically and/or professionally. References from close friends and family members are unacceptable.
  • Submit a personal essay. Complete essay instructions are available inside the online application portal.

If you are applying as an experienced embryologist or andrologist, you must:

If you are applying with no experience, you must:

  • Shadow at an IVF facility and obtain a letter that lists what was observed.
  • Contact the program for more details and assistance.

International students, or applicants whose native language is not English, must take the TOEFL and receive a score equal to or greater than 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test or 80 for the iBT exam.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants 

In addition to meeting the admissions requirements above, international applicants are required to meet the following:

Foreign Transcripts

  • Request a course by course evaluation of all foreign transcripts showing GPA calculation on a four point scale. 
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School does not endorse any particular evaluating and/or credentialing service. You can use the following agencies:

Translation: If the academic institution that you attended does not issue documents in English, the credentialing agency will require that you submit a word-for-word translation of your transcripts. You can contact University Language Services to submit your transcript for translation and instruct them to send the translated transcript to the credentialing agency you choose.

Transcript Evaluation: International students whose native language is not English may contact one of the following credentialing agencies to submit transcripts for official evaluation: WES or ECE. Instruct the credentialing agency to send the official evaluation (and translation) directly to GradCAS. You must provide both a course-by-course evaluation report along with an overall GPA calculation. Evaluations are mandatory even for transcripts from institutions that report grades in English. This provides EVMS with a U.S. credit equivalency and allows the transcripts to be reviewed accurately. WES and ECE are preferred credentialing services. If you wish to select a company other than these, please contact the program first.

TOEFL: International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam and receive a score as follows: Paper-based test: 550; Computer-based test: 213; iBT exam: 80. Please go to the ETS website to take the TOEFL exam, and request your TOEFL scores be sent directly to GradCAS. ETS reports scores for two years after the test date. If you have previously taken the TOEFL but the two-year period has expired, the program will accept a personal copy if available.

GradCAS: GradCAS will ONLY accept the evaluation report from the credentialing agency. Do not send your foreign transcript to GradCAS. 

All other foreign transcript evaluations from the credentialing agency must be sent directly to GradCAS to the following address:

     GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
     P.O. Box 9217
     Watertown, MA 02471

GRE School Code:  5729   TOEFL School Code is B886

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Technical Standards

The abilities and skills candidates and students must possess in order to complete the education and training associated with the master’s in Reproductive Clinical Science are referred to as technical standards. These abilities and skills are essential for clinical laboratory practice as an embryologist and/or andrologist.

1.    Observation Skills Technical Standard

1.1.    Demonstrate sufficient attention and accuracy in observation skills (visual, auditory and tactile) in the lecture hall, laboratory and/or online settings. Indicators include, but are not limited to, accurate visualization and discrimination of text, numbers, patterns, graphic illustrations and other imaging texts.

2.    Communication Skills Technical Standard

2.1.    Demonstrate effective communication skills with healthcare professionals and with people of varying cultures, ethnicities and personalities.

2.2.    Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

•    Clear, efficient and intelligible articulation of spoken English language.
•    Legible, efficient and intelligible written English language.
•    Accurate and efficient English language reading skills.
•    Accurate and efficient, expressive and receptive communication skills.
•    Ability to accurately follow directions (oral and written).

3.    Critical Reasoning Skills Technical Standard

3.1.    Demonstrate critical reasoning skills, including, but not limited to, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities.
3.2.    Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

•    Demonstrate ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information.
•    Demonstrate ability to acquire, retain and apply new and learned information.

4.    Motor And Sensory Function Technical Standard

4.1.    Demonstrate sufficient motor and sensory function to perform typical clinical laboratory duties.
4.2.    Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

•    Functional and sufficient sensory capacity (visual, auditory and tactile) to use laboratory equipment and perform procedures.
•    Execute motor movements that demonstrate safety and efficiency in the various learning settings (i.e., classroom, online and laboratories).
•    Physical stamina sufficient to complete the online didactic and some laboratory study, which will include prolonged periods of sitting.

5.    Behavioral And Social Attributes Technical Standard

5.1.    Demonstrate the behavioral and social attributes vital to participation in a professional program and service as a practicing laboratory professional.

5.2.    Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

•    Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of mental faculties (judgment, orientation, affect and cognition).
•    Ability to develop mature and effective professional relationships with faculty, patients, the public and other members of the healthcare team.
•    Possess personal qualities that facilitate effective therapeutic interactions (compassion, empathy, integrity, honesty, benevolence, confidentiality).
•    Demonstrate impartial motives, attitudes and values in roles, functions and relationships.
•    Ability to monitor and react appropriately to one’s own emotional needs and responses.
•    Display appropriate flexibility and adaptability in the face of stress or uncertainty associated with clinical encounters and clinical environments.
•    Compliance with standards, policies and practices set forth in the EVMS Student Handbook and the program handbook.