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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Become a Leader in the Lab

Through online coursework in Medical Laboratory Science, followed by hands-on training at accredited clinical laboratories, you’ll learn what it takes to be at the forefront of detecting disease in its early stages.

Online Programs in Medical Laboratory Sciences

As a leader in medical education, the George Washington University’s (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers a suite of online Bachelor’s, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates and Master’s in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) programs geared toward laboratory professionals looking to advance to leadership positions, or individuals new to this exciting field.

MSHS in Laboratory Medicine

Prepare to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist board certification exam with a combined education of online coursework and hands-on practice focused around research and new technologies in the laboratory medicine field.

MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Learn how to manage and lead in a clinical laboratory setting. Your work, guided by your innovative education and real-world experience, will focus on how to analyze, evaluate and use research data effectively in laboratory settings.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science

Gain an aptitude for scientific concepts and solving problems when investigating abnormal test results. In as few as 20 months, become eligible to sit for the ASCP MLS and advance your career as a laboratory technologist.

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Careers in Medical Laboratory Sciences

An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or Type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. Graduates can build careers in clinical or public health laboratories, research institutions, law enforcement agencies, as well as biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies. Some job titles include: 

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate 
  • Molecular Laboratory Scientist 
  • MLT/MLS Teaching positions 
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientist

Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is expected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.1

Top-Ranked Education

  • Fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ranked #70 Best National University in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #86 Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges ranking
  • Ranked #20 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

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GW operates on 15-week semesters, with courses starting three times throughout the year in August, January, and May.

Online classes are designed to take the same amount of time as on-campus classes. They are taught by GW faculty members and have comparable assignments to campus programs that can be completed off-site. Each three-credit hour course is expected to take between 18-20 hours for coursework per week. As an off-campus student, you also save time that on-campus students spend commuting.

While most studies will be completed online, your program may require you to visit campus during the course of your studies.

No, you do not need to attend class at a specific time. Our online courses are designed to be asynchronous, giving you flexibility.

Assignments will have specified due dates that must be met. Students are expected to attend weekly class sessions and participate in weekly class collaborations.

Yes, an academic advisor will work with you throughout the admissions process, scheduling classes, and the course of your studies. GW also offers our online students 24/7 technical support.

Students in GW’s master’s, bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Students seeking graduate certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid.

You may also be able to benefit from loans, institutional scholarships, merit- or need-based grants, employer reimbursement programs, and more. Explore your options on our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Yes, GW is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

You can request more information to speak with a GW program manager, or you can begin the application process today.

Yes. GW’s transcript ordering service is available to interested applicants of the programs listed on this website. The service is designed to make the application process simpler for you, while also helping us expedite the admissions decision on your behalf. Our transcript services team will order all domestic transcripts once you decide to allow us to help you with this task.

The George Washington University will only request and pay for your domestic college transcripts that allow third-party requests up to the point of admission to the university. This means that any coursework completed after you are advised of an admission decision, including coursework you are currently completing, will still need to be submitted by you.

It is your responsibility to request and purchase these additional transcripts to complete your file. This information may be used to determine your eligibility for financial aid, admission, and potential transfer credits. Additionally, some institutions may require you to obtain your official transcripts directly; if this is the case, we will contact you.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved January 16, 2020, from