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Dual Degree: BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences / MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

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The George Washington University (GW) offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) and a Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (MDS) all in one convenient program.

GW’s NAACLS-accredited dual-degree program allows you to learn the foundation of medical laboratory science and gain sophisticated laboratory techniques to detect and identify biomarkers at the nucleic acid level. Through online coursework and hands-on training clinical rotations, you’ll learn to work at the forefront of detecting disease in its early stages.

The George Washington University (GW) offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) and a Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (MDS) all in one convenient program.

GW’s NAACLS-accredited dual-degree program allows you to learn the foundation of medical laboratory science and gain sophisticated laboratory techniques to detect and identify biomarkers at the nucleic acid level. Through online coursework and hands-on training clinical rotations, you’ll learn to work at the forefront of detecting disease in its early stages.

Quick Facts

89

total credits

$68,260

tuition

2.5 years

average duration

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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

Program Highlights

Curriculum

The multi-level online dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (MDS). Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred sequentially, with the BSHS awarded upon completion of 120 credits (six of which are taken for graduate credit). The MSHS is awarded following completion of an additional 29 credits of graduate coursework.

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Program Outcomes

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

This dual health sciences program is for Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) certified individuals who are ready to diagnose, establish prognoses, monitor issues, and recommend therapies during the course of a disease. Attention to detail is a must, because methods, data, and quality control will be at the center of what you do.

You will need MLT certification and a minimum of 60 credits completed from a regionally accredited college or university in order to begin this program.

Career Outlook

Overall employment for medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.1 An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or Type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. Graduates can build careers in clinical or public health laboratories, research institutions, law enforcement agencies, as well as biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies. Some job titles include:

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
  • Molecular Laboratory Scientist
  • MLT/MLS Teaching Positions
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientist

* 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.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Admission Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

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.

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Tuition Details

Tuition for BSHS undergraduate courses is $635 per credit hour. MSHS graduate course tuition is $1,040 per credit hour.

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Meet the Program Director

Cliff Cymrot, MLS(ASCP), MT(AAB), MT(AMT), MHA
Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program Director

Cliff Cymrot is the 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 BS 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 13, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119