- Financial Aid Eligible
- All didactic courses in this program are taught 100% online.
- Qualify to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) exam in as few as 20 months*
- GW grads have a 93.93% first-time pass rate for the ASCP MLS board of certification exam vs. the 73.06% national average**
- Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
- Become eligible to work in multiple areas of a lab as an MLS generalist
The George Washington University's (GW) online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science is perfect if you're looking to advance your career and become board certified as a laboratory technologist. This certificate program is designed to teach you how to analyze blood, urine, tissue and other body specimens to detect, diagnose and treat disease. You'll learn the latest molecular techniques to investigate and determine the causes of disease.
This certificate teaches you what you need to qualify to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) exam.* When you complete this certificate program and your hands-on practicum, 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?
Medical laboratory scientists have a knack for scientific concepts and troubleshooting. Working both alone and as part of a team, they are persistent in thoroughly investigating abnormal test results. They can work various shifts throughout the day or be on call in case of emergency. They have a passion for improving patient care from behind the scenes.
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.
Medical Laboratory Sciences Career Outlook
Medical laboratory scientists can work in a variety of laboratory settings:
- Hospitals or clinics
- Forensic labs
- Veterinary clinics
- Industrial research labs
- Molecular biotechnology labs
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, like cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. 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.
According to Burning Glass, from May 2017 to May 2018, these high-demand, high-paying metro areas were seeking medical laboratory technicians with at least a bachelor's degree:
- New York, N.Y., 1,417 job postings, $70,590 mean salary
- Boston, Mass., 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.
* 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 state's 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 average first-time pass rates per the 2017 Examination Statistics for ASCP Credential document publicly available here: https://www.ascp.org/content/docs/default-source/boc-pdfs/boc_statistical_reports/exam-stats-2017.pdf?sfvrsn=14
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.
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
2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
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), 8 credits Biology (lecture and lab), 4 credits Microbiology (lecture and lab), 8 credits Chemistry (lecture and lab), 3 credits Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry. *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.
1 Letter 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.
Students who live outside of the Washington DC Metro Area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission.
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 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) requires completion of 48 credit hours, divided into two components: MLS Courses (32 credit hours) and Clinical Practicum Courses (16 credit hours).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations.
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.
Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4150. Prerequisite: MLS 4150.
Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4145 and MLS 4146. Prerequisites: MLS 4145 and MLS 4146.
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.
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.
Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the urinalysis portion of the didactic MLS 4146. Prerequisites: MLS 4146.
Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the hemostasis portion of the didactic MLS 4131. Prerequisites: MLS 4131.
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
- 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.