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ASCP-Aligned Microbiology Programs

Lead the Microbiology Teams Solving Global Health Issues

Microbiologists play a major role in the fight against infectious diseases. Increase your impact by developing science and supervisory skills through ASCP-aligned programs from the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (BLS) at the George Washington University (GW).

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*Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs.

Aligns with ASCP Guidelines

Seek a master’s degree or certificate that prepares you for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Technologist in Microbiology (M) exam.*

100% Online Courses

GW’s BLS department offers courses in an online format to give you a flexible path to microbiologist jobs with leading agencies and biotech companies.

Ranked a Top 65 University

There are about 4,000 universities in the nation, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the George Washington University No. 62.1,2

To tackle the biggest health issues, scientists must think small. With the microbiology programs from GW’s BLS department, you can build expertise in pinpointing the causes of infectious diseases—the first step in overcoming them.

GW’s BLS department designed each ASCP-aligned microbiology program for professionals seeking to maximize their impact on society and their careers. Delve into clinical or translational microbiology courses that prepare you to lead labs in various industries. After finishing the program, you’ll have the qualifications needed for microbiologist jobs with private companies and government agencies striving to elevate global health.

You can also pursue a post-baccalaureate certificate to prepare for the ASCP Technologist in Microbiology (M) exam in as few as 12 months.*

Prepare for Microbiologist Jobs and the ASCP M Exam*


2 Years Duration

35 Credits

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Program Details

Develop the practical skills needed to identify and conduct research on human infectious diseases to help protect community health. In this NAACLS-accredited** clinical biology program, GW backs up your flexible online education program with a hands-on practicum to position you for success. You can also satisfy the requirements for sitting for the ASCP Technologist in Microbiology (M) certification exam.*

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1 Year Duration

20 Credits

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Program Details

Learn how to use the latest biomedical instruments and molecular techniques to face challenges in finding and understanding what causes disease through an online medical laboratory sciences program with NAACLS accreditation.** Pursue this certificate to gain qualifications for taking the ASCP Technologist in Microbiology (M) certification exam.*

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What Microbiologist Jobs Can I Seek After Graduation?

If you’re seeking information about microbiologist jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides key details. For instance, the microbiologist BLS entry shows job openings for microbiology roles will grow 5% from 2020 to 2030.3 Through GW’s ASCP-aligned certificate and master’s programs, you can take a direct path to an array of microbiology jobs, including:

  • Clinical laboratory supervisor: $73,689 per year4
  • Clinical research manager: $78,251 per year5
  • Public health microbiologist: $58,000 per year6
  • Microbiology laboratory supervisor: $64,600 per year7
  • Microbiology laboratory scientist: $62,766 per year8

$108,300 Median salary of microbiologists focusing on research and development, per the microbiologist BLS website9

$156,360 Median salary listed on the microbiologist BLS page for the top 10% of all microbiologists9

$6.6 billion Projected value of the clinical microbiology market in 202810

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 the semester system system with the fall semester beginning in August, the spring semester beginning in January and the summer semester beginning in April or May. Some programs admit new students in all three semesters, while other programs admit new students once or twice per year. Your start date will depend on which program you select  so please complete the “Request Info” form under “Learn More Today” and someone will contact you with more information.

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. Time spent per course varies by the course’s length and credit hours. For example, students are expected to spend approximately 14 hours per week working on an eight week long, three-credit hour course and 7.5 hours per week working on a fifteen week, three-credit hour course. 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 read the weekly readings, participate in online weekly discussion boards and other asynchronous group activities, and submit papers and other assignments through the online learning management system.

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. News & World Report. (2021 April 27). A Guide to the Changing Number of U.S. Universities. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from
  2. U.S. News & World Report. (2023). Best Colleges Rankings: George Washington University. Retrieved May 9, 2023, from
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022 January 5). Microbiologists. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from
  4. Payscale. (2022 January 9). Average Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical Salary. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from
  5. (2022 January 7). Average Clinical Research Manager Salary. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from
  6. (2021 June 19). Average Public Health Microbiologist Salary. Retrieved January 5, 2022, from
  7. (2022 January 5). Average Microbiology Lab Supervisor Salary. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from
  8. (2022 January 9). Average Clinical Laboratory Scientist with Microbiology Skills Hourly Pay. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from
  9. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022 January 5). Microbiologists: Pay. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from
  10. BioSpace. (2021 June 10). “Clinical Microbiology Market Size to Reach USD 6.6 Billion in 2028, Noted Reports and Data.” Retrieved January 5, 2022, from

*While the completion of this program will make graduates eligible to register for an ASCP Board of Certification Exam, this does not automatically guarantee a graduate will also meet their state’s requirements for state licensure (if applicable). Since each state may have different requirements for licensure, each student is encouraged to contact their state’s regulating agency and review these requirements prior to beginning any degree program.

Please be aware that the fully online post-baccalaureate certificate programs do not meet the student lab requirement for NY state licensure. Also, for those applying to the fully online post-baccalaureate categorical certificates in hematology, microbiology, blood banking, and chemistry, the state of New York does not provide licensure for categorical certification (e.g., Technologist in Microbiology, Technologist in Blood Banking, etc.). We recommend that students who live in New York or plan to relocate to New York do research to determine the NY licensure requirements.

**National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119