- 100% online coursework
- The program can be completed in 24 months
- Prepare to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) board certification exam*
- Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
- Qualify to move into a lab supervisory, management or teaching position
Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine
The George Washington University's (GW) online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine program is a clinical program designed to prepare you for a career in medical laboratory science. As one of the few Medical Laboratory Medicine graduate programs in the country that combines online coursework and a hands-on practicum, you will obtain the knowledge and experience you need to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) board certification exam.*
Gain the skills necessary to excel in a laboratory setting. You'll learn how to evaluate research and new technologies to understand their relevance in the field, investigate research questions critical to clinical lab practice, and develop problem-solving skills necessary to lead and respond to future changes in laboratory science.
The online MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. You'll acquire the comprehensive skills you need to succeed in the field of laboratory medicine, so when you graduate, you'll be able to:
- Evaluate research to understand its relevance in the laboratory science field
- Investigate research questions pertinent to clinical laboratory practice
- Analyze new laboratory-related technologies and determine their relevance in the lab
- Implement a research study to improve and enhance the medical laboratory science field
- Communicate, both orally and in writing, in an effective and scholarly manner
- Integrate basic ethical principles and cultural sensitivity both in the professional and research setting
Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
The MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program is designed to prepare individuals for a career as a medical laboratory scientist and who would like to qualify to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) board certification exam.*
With U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting the number of available jobs expected to increase 13 percent (approximately 42,700 jobs) by 2026, according to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, students will have the opportunity to pursue a career in a laboratory setting like diagnostic laboratories, research institutions, public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. Career titles include:
- Clinical Laboratory Scientist
- Clinical Laboratory Supervisor
- MLT/MLS Education position
- Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
Discover Your Future in Laboratory Medicine
To learn more about the online Masters in Laboratory Medicine, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.
* 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
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.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
Bachelor’s degree in a basic or medical science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution.
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Students must have the following prerequisite coursework with a C grade or higher: 4 credits College Algebra, 3 credits English, 30 credits Biology, Chemistry or Medical Sciences, 4 credits General or Inorganic Chemistry 1 (including lab), 4 credits General or Inorganic Chemistry 2 (including lab), 4 credits General Biology 1 (including lab), 4 credits General Biology 2 (including lab), 4 credits Microbiology (including lab). *Please be prepared to provide unofficial transcripts to determine program admissibility.
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.
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.
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.
The online MSHS in Laboratory Medicine is a 52 credit hour program.
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.
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.
This course covers the pathogenic characteristics, isolation techniques, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification, and treatment of medically significant bacteria and viruses with an emphasis on current diagnostic techniques used in clinical practice.
This course presents the etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites using a case-study‐based approach. It emphasizes the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents. Commonly encountered clinical species will be discussed using case studies that include clinical history, signs and symptoms, and laboratory test results of diseases produced by the etiologic agents.
This course is designed to provide the student with a systematic approach to the biology and epidemiology of human parasitic, fungal and viral diseases. The course will cover the symptomology, pathology, diagnostic procedures and treatment of the various parasites, fungi and viruses that infect humans. Other topics including disease causation and specimen collection/handling will be discussed.
This course covers all aspects of blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on hematologic techniques and cell identification. Anemias and non-malignant leukocyte disorders are also presented.
This course focuses on hematopoiesis and hemostatic disorders.
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.
This course covers the methodologies employed in the chemical analysis of human blood and body fluids and the associated pathophysiology of each analyte measured. Topics include the measurement of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and clinically significant enzymes.
This course covers the methodologies employed in the chemical analysis of human blood and body fluids and the associated pathophysiology of each analyte measured. Topics include the measurement of hormones, urinalysis and body fluids, biomarkers, and toxins.
This course covers the blood group systems that impact the practice of transfusion medicine and examines the processing and distribution of blood products supplied by blood donor centers and transfusion services.
The advances in scientific technology have expanded the interest and applicability of nucleic acid based analysis within clinical diagnostic laboratories and routine screening procedures. This course provides an overview of molecular biology and genetic concepts as well as the molecular techniques used to diagnose human diseases. The course will emphasize the technology, theory, and methodology of specific molecular protocols that can be utilized within a clinical and research laboratory setting to aid in disease diagnosis, including those of genetic, oncogenic, and infectious origin.
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.
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.
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.
During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Advanced Clinical Biochemistry I and Advanced Clinical Biochemistry II courses.
During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Immunohematology course.
During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Advanced Hematology and Advanced Hematology II courses.
During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Advanced Hematology I and Advanced Hematology II courses.
During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Advanced Clinical Bacteriology I, Advanced Clinical Bacteriology II, and Advanced Parasitology, Mycology and Virology courses.
During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic course materials.
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: $980
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2,940
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.