• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 year

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required 
  • The program requires 18 total credits and can be finished in 12 months 
  • Qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Hematology (H) exam* 
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 

The George Washington University's (GW) online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hematology for Medical Laboratory Science is designed for those looking to be at the forefront of blood-related disease detection and treatment. Completion of this certification qualifies you to take the Technologist in Hematology exam offered by national certifying agencies. You'll learn how to collect and test blood and its elements, and establish procedures vital to the processing of these blood samples. You'll use the latest biomedical instruments and molecular techniques to investigate and determine the causes of disease.

This certificate teaches you what you need to Qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Hematology (H) 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?

Hematology technologists typically possess strong attention to detail and display great precision in their work. They are able to understand complicated instructions and policies while verifying the quality of their work and the work of their peers. They have great organizational and analytical skills as they need to perform and record multiple patient test results throughout the day.

This certificate program is best for those who have successfully completed a baccalaureate 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. There will also be a clinical rotation requirement in your geographical area to complete this program.

Hematology Career Outlook

Hematology technologists can pursue a variety of career options: 

  • Blood bank technologist 
  • Certified medical technologist 
  • Medical lab technologist 
  • Lab manager 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures, 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: 

  • New York, N.Y., 1,417 job postings, $70,590 mean salary 
  • Boston, M.A., 562 job postings, $74,030 mean salary 
  • Washington, D.C., 525 job postings, $66,840 mean salary 

Request information, or call (844) 386-7323 to speak with an admissions advisor.

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 (i.e., 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.  

* 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 states requirements for state licensure (if applicable). Since each state may have different requirements for licensure, each student is encouraged to contact their states regulating agency and review these requirements prior to beginning any degree program.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

5600 N River Road, Suite 720

Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

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

    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), a combination of 30 semester hours of Biology and Chemistry. *Please be prepared to provide unofficial transcripts to determine program admissibility.

  4. 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.)

  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV
  7. 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.
  8. Official transcripts from every college and university 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. One letter of recommendation
  11. Students who live outside of the Washington DC Metro Area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission.
  12. Successful completion of a criminal background check and a drug screen through Certiphi Screening, a third-party vendor, are required of all admitted clinical students in their first semester. Students are responsible for fees associated with these screens.
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.


  • MLS 4130Hematology 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 4131Hematology 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 4141Immunology and Serology3 Credits

    Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.

  • MLS 4151Molecular 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 4158Laboratory Management and Operations3 Credits

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

  • MLS 4162Hematology Practicum 2 Credits

    Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4130 and MLS 4131. Prerequisites: MLS 4130 and MLS 4131.

  • MLS 4166Coagulation Practicum1 Credit

    Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the hemostasis portion of the didactic MLS 4131. Prerequisites: MLS 4131.

Tuition & Fees

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: $615
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1,845

What's it like to earn this degree online?

  • Study on your schedule
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    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.
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    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.
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