- 100% online, no residency required; complete your degree in 24 months
- This is a non-clinical program that explores the innovative methods that are essential in transfusion medicine
- The program is for individuals who are looking to advance to management or leadership positions within the blood banking or transfusion medicine fields
Master of Science in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
The George Washington University's (GW) fully online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Immunohematology and Biotechnology is a non-clinical program that explores the innovative methods that are essential in transfusion medicine. Designed for students who hold national certification as a Medical Technologist (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Blood Banking Technologist/ Specialist, this flexible online program provides the strategic leadership and practical research skills you need to lead within a laboratory setting.
As one of the few graduate programs that focus on immunohematology, this is a unique opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge in transfusion medicine as well as molecular biology and biotechnology. You'll also examine leadership best practices and apply management models to real-world situations, giving you the confidence to take ownership of large projects and manage day-to-day lab operations.
When you graduate with the Masters in Immunohematology and Biotechnology, you will be prepared to advance your career in leadership positions at blood banking laboratories, donor centers, and more.
The online Immunohematology and Biotechnology Master's program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. In GW's cutting-edge program, you'll learn to integrate methods of molecular biology and biotechnologies into transfusion medicine, in addition to acquiring theoretical knowledge and practical skills. When you graduate from the MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program, you'll be prepared to:
- Apply principles of traditional and molecular laboratory procedures to perform diagnostic analyses
- Calculate results obtained from clinical and research laboratory test data
- Evaluate laboratory data to refine or develop laboratory test procedures
- Correlate laboratory and quality control data to assess patient test results
- Conduct and disseminate results of transfusion medicine studies
- Apply knowledge of immunohematology and transfusion medicine principles as they relate to disease diagnosis
- Maintain a safe laboratory 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?
The online MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program is designed for students who hold national certification as a Medical Technologist (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Blood Banking Technologist/Specialist.
Graduates of the MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program will be prepared to advance to senior or leadership positions in blood banking laboratories, blood centers, donor centers, and transfusion medicine research. Careers include:
- Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
- Blood Banking Laboratory Supervisor/Manager
- Blood Bank Laboratory Manager
- Transfusion Medicine or Molecular Biology Scientist
Accelerate Your Career in Transfusion Medicine
To learn more about the online Immunohematology and Biotechnology masters program, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
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.)
National certification as a Medical Technologist (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Blood Banking Technologist/ Specialist.
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.
2 Letters 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.
- Application Deadline
- Start Date
- April 5
- May 20
The online MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology is a 35 credit hour program including 6 credits of Elective Courses selected in consultation with the program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.
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.
To learn more about topics for study, please contact GW admissions advisors.
The laboratory environment is constantly responding to diverging trends in health care. 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.
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.
Federal, state, and international regulations that govern the blood bank industry; laboratory research related to blood products; new product and practice guidelines; legal, social, and ethical issues related to transfusion medicine.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.
This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.
This course will emphasize the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
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.
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.
Students apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to complete an independent, mentored project. A proposal for the capstone project will have been developed by the student as a component of the Current Topics in MLS course (MLS 6245) during the previous semester.
Course selected, in consultation with program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.
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: $925
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2,775
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.
- Round-the-clock tech support
- 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.