- Financial Aid eligible
- Rarely offered at the baccalaureate level, this is a hands-on degree for an in-demand field
- Blend of online coursework with on-campus labs and practicums
BSHS in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology
Help discover and solve fertility issues so families can grow.
In our BSHS in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology program, gain knowledge and hands-on experience around the current developments and techniques in endocrinology and andrology to help diagnose and treat fertility issues.
By completing the George Washington Universitys (GW) online coursework, hands-on labs, and clinical rotations in human embryology, andrology, cryobiology, and genetic diagnosis, you'll graduate ready to meet the demands of this growing field.
Graduate Ready To:
- Evaluate current developments and techniques in endocrinology and andrology as they relate to human reproduction
- Solve problems with embryology and assisted reproductive technology (ART) protocols
- Assess the impact of ART procedures on clinical outcomes regarding fertility
- Apply ethical decision-making to issues related to clinical embryology and assisted reproductive technology laboratory practice
- Employ best practices in clinical embryology and andrology laboratory techniques to reproductive medicine
Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
This program is for you if you're looking to complete your bachelor's degree and specialize in fertility laboratory science. In a field typically offered only at the master's level, you'll need to be independent and organized. GW's robust undergraduate program provides a blend of online courses with on-campus labs and a 12-week clinical rotation.
As a student and future employee, you aren't afraid to ask questions. You have excellent critical-thinking and communication skills. You can handle the pressure of being a vital part of a fertility team and are excited and passionate about the possibilities it brings to life.
Reproductive Technology Jobs
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the use of ART has doubled over the last decade but still is far from meeting the potential demand.1 And the need for clinical laboratory technologists are expected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028 and have a median salary of $52,330 a year.2 Other titles include:
- Andrology Technologist
- Embryology Technologist
Request More Information
To request information, call (844) 386-7323 to speak with an admissions advisor.
1.Centers for Disease Control. (2019, September 10). CDC's 2017 Fertility Clinic Success Rates Report. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/art/artdata/index.html.
2.U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved September 12, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
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 of English composition, 8 credits of biology with lab, 8 credits of general or inorganic chemistry with lab, 3 credits of college math (algebra, statistics, or higher), 3 credits of humanities, 6 credits of social sciences.
A written personal statement
Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, and 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
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 68 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.
Students must be willing to spend the final semester in the Washington, D.C. metro area to complete their clinical field work at a local site.
Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
Review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policies in the Health Sciences Programs Bulletin: https://smhs.gwu.edu/academics/health-sciences/student-services/bulletin.
How hormones control the flow of information between different cells and tissues with an emphasis on the human reproductive system; classes of hormones, sources and synthesis of hormones, receptors and target tissues, mechanisms of action and regulation, and methods used in endocrinology. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.
Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit provided topic differs. See Schedule of Classes for more details. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.
Physiology of the female reproductive system; gamete biology, fertilization and early embryo development; embryo culture techniques, intracytoplasmic sperm Injection (ICSI), and embryo selection and transfer. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.
Techniques used in the clinical embryology laboratory, including embryo culture, oocyte retrievals, selection and egg denudation, sperm preparations for in vitro fertilization (IVF), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedures. CERT 4010 may be taken as a corequisite. Laboratory fee. Prerequisites: CERT 4010.
The physiology of the male reproductive system; sperm anatomy and motility, seminal plasma, and male gamete biology. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.
Techniques used to analyze semen for assisted reproduction procedure; sperm morphology, motility and vitality, sperm preparation, and chromatin assessment. CERT 4012 may be taken as a corequisite. Laboratory fee. Prerequisites: CERT 4012.
Theory and methods used to freeze sperm, testicular tissues and embryos for use during in vitro fertilization procedures. Cryo-injuries and vitrification solutions. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.
Freezing techniques for assisted reproductive technologies; sperm and embryo freezing, embryo stage vitrification, blastocyst slow freezing, and testicular sperm freezing. CERT 4014 may be taken as a corequisite. Laboratory fee. Prerequisites: CERT 4014.
The role of preimplantation genetics procedures for use in reproductive medicine; embryo biopsies at different developmental stages and trophectoderm cell biopsy at the blastocyst stage. MLS 4171 may be taken as a corequisite. Laboratory fee. Prerequisites: MLS 4171.
Application of embryology techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: MLS 4010 and MLS 4011.
Application of andrology techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: MLS 4012 and MLS 4013.
Application of cryobiology techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: MLS 4014 and MLS 4015.
Application of preimplantation genetic diagnosis techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility. Proctor fee. Prerequisites: MLS 4016 and MLS 4171.
Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.
Basic mathematical techniques used in the clinical laboratory, including exponential and logarithms, measurement systems, solutions and concentrations, proportionality, graphing, statistics and quality control, and method evaluation; practical applications of data analysis. An equivalent college-level mathematics course or permission of the program director may be substituted for the prerequisite. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisite: HSCI 2117.
Ethical and professional conduct of and dilemmas encountered by medical laboratory professionals. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program.
Concepts and principles of biochemistry applicable to laboratory science; structure and function of biological molecules, cellular energetics, and cellular metabolism in relation to human physiology and health. Prerequisites: BISC 1111 or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125; and CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1112.
Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.
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. Proctor fee.
Introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations. Proctor fee.
Hereditary and molecular genetics as it applies to humans. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.
An introduction to the theory of and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on molecular and serological techniques, including DNA extraction and quantitation, restriction enzyme digestion, polymerase chain reaction, agarose gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry, and ELISA. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program.
3 credits in elective MLS or HSCI courses approved by the program director.
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: $635
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1,905
What's it like to earn this degree online?
- Study on your schedule
- The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
- Personalized learning
- Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
- The prestige of a GW degree
- 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.
- Connect to campus from anywhere
- GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
- A dedicated advisor from day one
- Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
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- A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.