• Course Delivery
    Online
  • Total Credits
    60
  • Tuition
    $42,180
  • Duration
    2.5

Program Highlights:

  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 
  • Finish both degrees sequentially in as few as 28 months 
  • The MSHS in MDS is normally a 35 credit hour program. However, students take nine graduate-level credits while completing the BSHS portion of the program and at the undergraduate credit hour rate 
  • Prepare to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) board certification exam

Dual Degree: BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences / MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences Program Overview

Get ahead faster than you expected and complete both your bachelor's and master's degrees in one dual health sciences program. The George Washington University (GW) offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) and a Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (MDS) all in one convenient program.

GW's NAACLS-accredited dual-degree program offers you the chance to not only learn the foundation of medical laboratory science but also gain highly sensitive and specific laboratory techniques to detect and identify biomarkers at the nucleic acid level. Through online coursework, 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.

Plus, if you're not already certified, you'll have both the clinical rotations and coursework you need to sit for the ASCP Board of Certification Exam.

In this dual program, you'll learn:

  • 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 traditional and molecular laboratory science principles as they relate to human disease diagnosis 
  • Utilize laboratory safety regulations and regulatory policies to establish a safe work environment 
  • Apply ethical decision-making to issues related to clinical laboratory practice 

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

This dual health sciences program is for Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) certified individuals who are ready to diagnose, establish prognoses, monitor issues, and recommend therapies during the course of a disease. Attention to detail is a must, because methods, data, and quality control will be at the center of what you do.

You will need MLT certification and a minimum of 60 credits completed from a regionally accredited college or university in order to begin this program.

Career Outlook

Overall employment for medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.1 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 

Request More Information

To learn more about this program, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program.

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    Completion of prerequisite coursework (listed below). 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. English Composition (3 credits) • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits) • Biology (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (8 credits) • Microbiology (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (4 credits) • Chemistry (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (8 credits) • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (3 credits)

  4. A written personal statement

    A 250-500 word essay describing the reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to the program of interest. Should include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV Applicants must attach a current resume or CV. Active-duty military do not need to submit a resume but should attach current orders.
  7. One Letter of Recommendation
  8. Official transcripts from every school attended
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Key Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date
December 10
January 7

Courses

The multi-level online dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (MDS). Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred sequentially, with the BSHS awarded upon completion of 120 credits (six of which are taken for graduate credit). The MSHS is awarded following completion of an additional 29 credits of graduate coursework.

Core
  • HSCI 6263Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research3 Credits

    One learns a foundation in the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis.

  • MLS 3000 Laboratory Math3 Credits

    This course provides an overview and practice of the 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 the data analysis will be emphasized.

  • MLS 3001 Ethics for Laboratory Medicine3 Credits

    This course provides an overview of ethical and professional conduct of medical laboratory professionals. Reflection and discussion of ethical and professional dilemmas encountered by medical laboratory professionals will be emphasized.

  • MLS 4116 Clinical Bacteriology I3 Credits

    Principles of clinical microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic characteristics, isolation, and identification of bacteria related to human disease. The course focuses on the theoretical approach to the current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice. Various topics, including disease causation and laboratory identification of medically significant bacteria will be discussed.

  • MLS 4117 Clinical Bacteriology II3 Credits

    This course presents the etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites with an emphasis on the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents. Various topics, specimen collection and handling, diagnosis and treatment of medically significant bacteria will be discussed.

  • MLS 4119 Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology2 Credits

    This course covers the principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic, fungal, and viral infections. Various topics, including disease causation, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification and treatment of medically significant fungi, parasites and viruses will be discussed.

  • MLS 4130 Hematology I3 Credits

    This course features a study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on hematologic techniques and cell identification. Anemias and non-malignant leukocyte disorders are also presented.

  • MLS 4131 Hematology II3 Credits

    This course features a study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on white blood cell disorders. An introduction to the hemostatic system and associated coagulation disorders are also presented.

  • MLS 4136 Clinical Experience I 2 Credits

    Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4145 and MLS 4146. Prerequisite: MLS 4145 and MLS 4146.

  • MLS 4137 Clinical Experience II 2 Credits

    Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4116, MLS 4117, and MLS 4119. Prerequisites: MLS 4116, MLS 4117, and MLS 4119.

  • MLS 4138 Clinical Experience III2 Credits

    Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4130, MLS 4131, and the urinalysis and body fluids section of 4146. Prerequisites: MLS 4130, MLS 4131, and MLS 4146.

  • MLS 4139 Clinical Experience IV 2 Credits

    Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4150. Prerequisites: MLS 4150.

  • MLS 4145 Clinical Biochemistry I3 Credits

    This course studies the methodologies employed in the chemical analysis of human blood and body fluids. This includes an examination of the fundamentals of measurement and the principles of instrumentation as they relate to the assay of each analyte studied. In addition, the laboratory results are correlated with the clinical significance and pathophysiology which may generate changes in the analyte. Throughout the course, the quality assurance measures required to ensure reliability and validity of the laboratory results will also be emphasized.

  • MLS 4146 Clinical Biochemistry II3 Credits

    This second course in clinical biochemistry continues the study of the measurement and interpretation of chemical constituents in human blood and body fluids. The laboratory results of each analyte are correlated with the clinical significance and pathophysiology which may generate changes in the analyte. Throughout the course, the quality assurance measures required to ensure reliability and validity of the laboratory results will also be emphasized.

  • MLS 4150 Immunohematology3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 4151 Molecular Diagnostics3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 4159 Capstone Seminar1 Credit

    Comprehensive review of medical laboratory science, which prepares students to sit for the board of certification examination. Integration of knowledge gained in didactic and practicum courses within the various laboratory disciplines, including hematology, microbiology, chemistry, and immunohematology.

  • MLS 6141Advanced Immunology and Serology3 Credits

    This course covers the principles of the immune system and the clinical applications of immunology related to the diagnosis of human diseases. The first half of the course will focus on the components of the immune system and the various functions of each. The second half of the course covers the various immune-related diseases and also addresses how immunologic assays are used in the clinical setting to diagnose and monitor various disease states.

  • MLS 6158 Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations3 Credits

    An introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations.

  • MLS 6158Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations3 Credits

    The laboratory environment is constantly responding to diverging trends in healthcare. This course provides students with a problem-based approach to the principles of laboratory management and will focus on managerial concepts that will provide opportunities to apply theoretical management models to real-life situations in the clinical laboratory.

  • MLS 6166Molecular Diagnostics Practicum3 Credits

    During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying molecular techniques to diagnose various human diseases. * May be substituted with an elective for students with current clinical molecular laboratory experience.* * May be substituted with an elective for students with current clinical molecular laboratory experience.

  • MLS 6216Microbial Pathogenesis3 Credits

    A comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of diseases caused by microbial pathogens with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of the human infectious disease process.

  • MLS 6217Medical Biotechnology2 Credits

    A comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

  • MLS 6218Genetics3 Credits

    This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.

  • MLS 6219Molecular Biology3 Credits

    This course will emphasize the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

  • MLS 6242Molecular Pathology3 Credits

    Investigation of human disease processes with an emphasis on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of disease. The goal of this class is to advance students’ understanding of how molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to investigate human diseases.

  • MLS 6244Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity3 Credits

    Traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity. Students will learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research, and report on an independent case examinations, research misconduct or other ethical issues, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

  • MLS 6245Current Topics in MLS3 Credits

    Exploration of findings within the medical laboratory science field. Current topics will be integrated into the development of a required project proposal for the capstone research project that the student will complete in the following semester.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the BSHS undergraduate courses is $595 per credit hour. MSHS graduate course tuition is $925 per credit hour.

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $703
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,109

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