Make a Direct Impact in Laboratory Sciences
The George Washington University’s (GW) Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) prepares students to begin a satisfying and valued career in MLS. Gain the knowledge and hands-on skills to become board certified in laboratory science and make a positive, direct impact on medical care.
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This BSHS program teaches you the latest biomedical instruments and molecular techniques that will help you face the challenges in finding and understanding disease causation. GW offers two pathways for students to gain the experience to move into a Medical Laboratory Sciences career.
A 100% online program is available for students who have Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification through ASCP or AMT and have completed an accredited MLT program. This program provides 100% of didactic coursework online with practicum experience in their local area.” Please change to: “A 100% online program is available for students who have Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification through ASCP, AMT, or AAB, and have completed an accredited MLT program. This program provides 100% of didactic coursework online with practicum experience in the student’s local area.
The blended program — online and on-campus —is designed for students who reside in the D.C. area, have completed an associate’s degree or equivalent credits, and do not have previous MLT experience. This program provides 100% of didactic courses online, in-person labs at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, VA, and practicum at an approved diagnostic laboratory.
Accreditation and Rankings
- Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- #66 Best National University*
- #19 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs*
* U.S. News & World Report‘s 2021 Best Colleges Rankings
- GW grads have a 93.03% overall five year pass rate for the ASCP MLS board of certification exam vs. 78.60% for the national average
- 99.72% of students who enter Phase II of the MLS program graduate
- Greater than 95% of graduates are employed in the field within three months of program completion
- Available fully online for MLT-certified professionals or “blended” online and in-person for professionals who are not MLT-certified
Both the fully online and the blended BSHS in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) require 60 credits of GW coursework.
Students with MLT certification enter into the fully online program and will complete 38 credit hours of core courses, 14 credits of health sciences, and eight credits of clinical experience in their local area.
Students without MLT certification enter into the blended program and will complete 38 credit hours of core courses, 6 credits of in-person lab courses at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, VA, and 16 credits of practicum courses at an approved diagnostic laboratory.View Courses
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|GW MLS ASCP Pass Rates (updated for 2019):||GW MLS Placement Rates (updated for 2019):|
|First time pass rate: 91.42%|
Overall pass rate: 94.28%
National pass rate: 75.14%
*Students who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.
When you complete this program, you’ll be able to sit for the ASCP Board of Certification exam, Route 1, and understand how to:
- Apply the 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 are typically extremely detail-oriented. They are self-sufficient, precise, and thorough in their work. They can handle the pressure of being vital members of the health care team and have excellent critical-thinking and communication skills to interpret lab results.
All didact courses are conducted online in a flexible, asynchronous format. To succeed in this program, students should be self-disciplined, self-directed, and comfortable scheduling their own coursework.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 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 11% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, with a median salary of $52,330 per year.1
According to Burning Glass, from May 2017 to May 2018, these high-demand, high-paying metro areas were seeking medical laboratory technicians with 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 salary2
To apply for the BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences, you’ll need:
- Completed application
- Associate’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
- Cumulative and Science GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
- Personal statement
- One letter of recommendation
In addition to the above requirements, applicants for the fully online program will also need:
- Current Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Certification
If you have an associate degree from a participating D.C., Maryland, Virginia community college, you may be eligible for guaranteed admission to this program. Review the list of participating institutions or complete this form to speak with an Online Admissions Advisor for more details.See All Requirements
The BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences program at GW consists of 60 credit hours and costs $635 per credit hour.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call us at (844) 386-7323 for more information.Get Tuition Details
Meet the Program Director:
Cliff Cymrot, MLS(ASCP), MT(AAB), MT(AMT), MHA
Cliff Cymrot is the current program director for Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) and has over 10 years of experience in combined teaching and clinical laboratory practice. In addition to his program director duties, Cymrot teaches a range of courses within the MLS program, both online and face-to-face, such as Hematology I and II, Clinical Microbiology I and II lab, Immunohematology lab, Clinical Biochemistry I and II lab, and Molecular Diagnostics lab.
Prior to his arrival at George Washington University (GW), Cymrot worked as a medical laboratory technician at a medium-sized, 200-bed hospital in upstate NY. In 2008, Cymrot worked for Advance Magazine for Laboratory Professionals providing storylines for the comic strip “Lab out Loud” that he worked on with his brother-in-law. He has also been a contributor for several chapters in the Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology by Mahon, Lehman, and Manuselis.
He is also a member of the DC chapter for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). He also holds certifications in ASCP, AMT, and AAB in medical laboratory science.
In 2010, he earned his B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Cincinnati. He was then promoted to medical technologist and soon after began working as an adjunct instructor for SUNY Orange teaching Microbiology for Health Professionals, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, and Certification Preparation. In 2014 he earned a master’s degree in Health Administration.
After graduation, he received an offer to facilitate an online graduate level course in health systems management at the University of Cincinnati. In 2015 he was offered a position at GW to teach all of the laboratory courses in the newly created BSHS in MLS blended/hybrid program. After three years he was offered the program director position for the undergraduate courses in the MLS program here at GW.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved January 16, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm.
- Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
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 state’s regulating agency and review these requirements prior to beginning any degree program.
New York Residents – We advise applicants who are considering New York state licensure to review license requirements before accepting admission to the program.*
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