• Course Delivery
    Online
  • Total Credits
    52
  • Tuition
    $48,100.00
  • Duration
    2 years

Online 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 Science (MLS) 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 national MLS 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 George Washington University MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program is in the initial stages of becoming accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Program Outcomes
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 to sit for the national Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) certification exam.

Career Outlook
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.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor’s degree in a basic or medical science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    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).

  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. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  9. Official transcripts from every college and university attended
  10. 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.
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
August 7
August 27

Courses

The online MSHS in Laboratory Medicine is a 52 credit hour program.

Core
  • HSCI 6263Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research 3 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 6145Current 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.

  • MLS 6116 Advanced Clinical Bacteriology I3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6117 Advanced Clinical Bacteriology II 2 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6119 Advanced Parasitology, Mycology and Virology2 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6130 Advanced Hematology I 3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6131 Advanced Hematology II 3 Credits

    This course focuses on hematopoiesis and hemostatic disorders.

  • MLS 6141 Advanced Immunology and Serology 3 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 6145Advanced Clinical Biochemistry I 3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6146 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry II 3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6150 Advanced Immunohematology 3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6151 Advanced Molecular Diagnostics 3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6158 Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations 3 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 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 6246Capstone Project3 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6247 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry Practicum 2 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6248 Advanced Blood Bank Practicum 2 Credits

    During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Immunohematology course.

  • MLS 6249 Advanced Coagulation Practicum 1 Credit

    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.

  • MLS 6250 Advanced Hematology Practicum 2 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6251 Advanced Clinical Microbiology Practicum 2 Credits

    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.

  • MLS 6252 Advanced Urinalysis Practicum 1 Credit

    During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic course materials.

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: $925.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,775.00

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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