The George Washington University's (GW) online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Blood Banking for Medical Laboratory Science is designed to teach you the ins and outs of testing, storing and transporting blood for transfusions. You'll learn how to test blood for viruses, identify blood types and antibodies, and separate blood into its component parts, such as red and white blood cells and plasma.
This certificate can be completed in as little as one year and allows you to sit for the ASCP blood banking technologist exam. When you complete this certificate program, you'll be able to:
- Apply principles of traditional and molecular laboratory procedures to perform diagnostic analyses
- Correlate laboratory data and quality control data to assess patient test results
- Apply knowledge of laboratory science principles as they relate to human disease diagnosis
- Maintain a safe work environment
- Comply with laboratory safety regulations and regulatory policies
- Apply ethical decision-making to issues related to clinical laboratory practice
Who is the Ideal Student for this Program?
Blood bank specialists are good problem-solvers and pay close attention to detail, as small differences can be crucial to a diagnosis.
They can take charge when it comes to supervising the collection, separation, delivery and storage of blood components. They also have exceptional communication skills when working with physicians during blood transfusion therapies and investigating harmful transfusion responses.
This certificate program is best for those who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree, typically in a science such as biology, chemistry or microbiology, and want to pursue the laboratory science profession without completing another bachelor's degree.
Blood Banking Career Outlook
Blood bank specialists can work in a variety of laboratory settings:
- Community blood centers
- Private hospital blood banks
- University-affiliated blood banks
- Transfusion services and independent laboratories
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to use laboratory procedures to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes. Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is expected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, with a median salary of $51,770 per year.
According to Burning Glass, from May 2017 to May 2018, these high-demand, high-paying metro areas were seeking medical laboratory technicians with at least a bachelor's degree:
- New York, N.Y., 1,417 job postings, $70,590 mean salary
- Boston, Mass., 562 job postings, $74,030 mean salary
- Washington, D.C., 525 job postings, $66,840 mean salary
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
All required courses must be completed with a C grade (C- grades and lower do not transfer) or better at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning: 3 credits English Composition, 3 credits College Algebra, Statistics (or higher), combination of 30 semester hours of Biology and Chemistry coursework.
A written personal statement
Statement of Purpose (Applicants must include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.)
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars.
1 Letter of Recommendation
Official transcripts from every college and university attended
International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 86 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Blood Banking for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) requires completion of 16 credit hours. Completion of the certificate qualifies the graduate to take the Technologist in Blood Banking examination offered by national certifying agencies.
Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.
The major blood group systems that affect the practice of transfusion medicine and examines the processing and distribution of blood products supplied by transfusion services.
Introduction to the molecular techniques used to diagnose human disease; technology, theory, and methodology of specific molecular protocols that can be used within a clinical laboratory setting to aid in disease diagnostics including those of genetic, oncogenic, and infections origin.
Introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations.
Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4150. Prerequisite: MLS 4150.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $595.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1,785.00
What's it like to earn this degree online?
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- Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
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