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

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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 Science (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 will gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the clinical laboratory setting detecting disease in its early stages.

This dual health sciences program is for individuals who have an associate’s degree and/or already hold a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification and would like to further advance their career. The program covers diagnostic methods to establish disease prognoses, recommend therapies and monitor treatment plans throughout the course of a disease. Attention to detail is a must since you will learn to follow specific methodologies, manage data, and maintain quality control in all you do.

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  • GW is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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What is MLS?

Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is a profession that combines the challenges of medicine, the basic sciences, and clinical sciences into a highly satisfying and valued career. Medical laboratory scientists function as detectives, investigating and determining the causes of disease. They utilize the latest biomedical instruments and molecular techniques to perform both routine and complex testing.

As vital members of the health care team, medical laboratory scientists (sometimes called medical technologists) find great satisfaction in making a direct impact on medical care. Today's medical laboratory science graduates work in diverse settings including hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics, commercial and research laboratories, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, as well as government and public health facilities.

What is Molecular Diagnostic Sciences?

Molecular testing uses sensitive and specific laboratory techniques to detect and identify biomarkers at the nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) level. Molecular diagnostic tests are increasingly used in many major areas of medicine including genetic disorders, infectious diseases, cancer, pharmacogenetics and identity testing.  A great example of a molecular-based test is the PCR test used to detect the SARS-CoV2 virus in COVID-19 patients; this test, along with the laboratory scientists trained to perform the test, played a major role in identifying COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. The number of molecular-based laboratory tests is expected to increase dramatically as more information is uncovered about the human genome and disease.

 

Learn About the Dual Degree Program in BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences / MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences at GW

The overall goal of the proposed program is to prepare graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for positions in diagnostic clinical molecular laboratories, public health laboratories, biotechnology companies, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and research institutes.

Expand the accordions below for more information about each program.

Hybrid
  • The blended program has online and on campus requirement. Students need to reside in or relocate to the D.C. area, have completed an associate’s degree or a minimum of 24 credits, and are not Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certified through ASCP, AMT, or AAB.
  • This program provides 100% of didactic (lecture) courses online, in-person labs at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, VA, and practicum at an approved diagnostic laboratory.
  • Geared for students who are not MLT certified, such as individuals with an Associate degree in biology, biotechnology or applied sciences, and want to complete a baccalaureate degree in the molecular diagnostic sciences.
Fully Online
  • 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 (lecture) coursework online with practicum experience in the student’s local area.
  • All didactic (lecture) 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.
  • Geared for certified MLT’s who want a baccalaureate degree focusing on molecular diagnostic sciences.

 

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Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Finish each degree in as few as 28 months each
  • Earn two degrees faster than completing each one alone
  • The MSHS in MDS is normally a 35 credit hour program. However, students take six graduate-level credits while completing the BSHS portion of the program and at the undergraduate credit hour rate
  • Prepare to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and ASCP Molecular Biology (MB) exam*
  • > 90% average pass rate on ASCP board of certification exams
  • Qualify for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) and Molecular Biology
    (MB) board of certification exams

 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, learners will 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 traditional and molecular laboratory science principles as they relate to human disease diagnosis
  • Utilize laboratory safety regulations and regulatory policies to establish a safe work environment
  • Apply ethical decision-making to issues related to clinical laboratory practice

 

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

 

Meet the Program Directors

Cliff Cymrot

 

GW’s experienced faculty provide you with the rich, practical knowledge and support needed for you to succeed in the program and in your career.

Cliff Cymrot, DHSc, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM, MT(AAB), MT(AMT)

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Dr. 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, Dr. Cymrot teaches a range of courses within the MLS program, both online and face-to-face, such as Hematology lecture and lab, Bacteriology lab, Immunohematology lab, and Molecular Diagnostics.

Prior to his arrival at George Washington University (GW), Dr. Cymrot worked as a medical laboratory technician at a medium-sized, 200-bed hospital in upstate NY. In 2008, Dr. 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 (ASCLS), 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. In 2022 he then went on to complete his doctorate in health sciences at GW. Dr. Cymrot is actively involved in the MLS profession and loves teaching and promoting MLS.

Graciela Lopez Gamboa

 

 

Graciela Lopez Gamboa, M.D., MSHS

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Dr. Graciela Lopez is the current program director for the Molecular Diagnostic Sciences and Molecular Diagnostic Sciences programs. She started her career in 2006 as a physician in Bolivia, later moving to the US where she continued to work in the medical clinical setting for over 10 years.  During this time she became interested both in clinical laboratory sciences as well as being part of academics, and in 2018 she graduated from the MSHS in Molecular Diagnostics program form George Washington University. The following year she began working with the Biomedical Laboratory Department (BLS) as adjunct faculty and since 2022 she has been in a fulltime faculty member. Nowadays, aside from her program director responsibilities she teaches online courses in the different programs available through our department plus she also teaches the in-person Molecular Diagnostics lab for our hybrid students.

Dr. Lopez is passionate about healthcare education and bringing awareness to healthcare careers, especially those within the clinical laboratory setting. She has been involved in developing the Medical Laboratory Technician/Phlebotomy Assistant pathway for the Health Science Academy at Alexandria City Highschool and was the first instructor for that program.  She also participated as a mentor for HOSA- Future Health Professionals.

She is currently working on completing the Master Teacher Leadership program through GW University with the goal to continue to improve the courses and programs she is involved with.

She looks forward to working on academic and lab-based research alongside her BLS colleagues, as well as with the students that come through our programs.

 

Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 13, 2020

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Tuition Details

The Dual Degree: BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences / MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences program tuition information can be found here.

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   Curriculum Details

 

BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences Program of Study (Hybrid)

Required Courses & Electives (Can be transferred in or taken at GW)

Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (students that take the course at GW will take MLS 3003 - Biochemistry for Laboratory Sciences) (3 credits)

Concepts and principles of biochemistry applicable to laboratory science; structure and function of biological molecules, cellular energetics, and cellular metabolism in relation to human physiology and health.

Required and Elective Total Credits (Major Courses - Must be taken at GW)

MLS 2007W -  Microbes & Society (3 credits)

The ways in which microorganisms shape human society, with special emphasis on the role of microbes in food production, agriculture, biotechnology, and disease. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

MLS 3001W - Professional Ethics for Medical Laboratory Scientists (3 credits)

Ethical and professional conduct of and dilemmas encountered by medical laboratory professionals. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science programs. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

MLS 6141 - Advanced Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

The immune system, various immune-related diseases, and the clinical applications of immunology related to the diagnosis and monitoring of human diseases.

MLS 6158 - Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations (3 credits)

An introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations.

MLS 4145 - Clinical Biochemistry I (3 credits)

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 are also emphasized.

MLS 4146 - Clinical Biochemistry II (3 credits)

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 are also emphasized.

MLS 4150 – Immunohematology (3 credits)

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.

MLS 6217 – Medical Biotechnology (3 credits)

Comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

MLS 4130 - Hematology I (3 credits)

Study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on hematologic techniques and cell identification; anemias and non-malignant leukocyte disorders.

MLS 4131 - Hematology II (3 credits)

Study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on white blood cell disorders; introduction to the hemostatic system and associated coagulation disorders.

MLS 4116 - Clinical Bacteriology I (3 credits)

Principles of clinical microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic characteristics, isolation, and identification of bacteria related to human disease; theoretical approach to the current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice.

MLS 4117 - Clinical Bacteriology II (2 credits)

The etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites with an emphasis on the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents; specimen collection and handling, diagnosis and treatment of medically significant bacteria.

MS 4119 - Parasitology, Mycology and Virology (2 credits)

Principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic, fungal, and viral infections; disease causation, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification and treatment of medically significant fungi, parasites, and viruses.

MLS 4246 - Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory (1 credit)

Practical laboratory course covering the principles and procedures of various diagnostic testing procedures performed in the clinical biochemistry laboratory; measurement and interpretation of chemical constituents in human blood and body fluids.

MLS 4251 - Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (1 credit)

An introduction to the theory of and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on molecular and serological techniques, including DNA extraction and quantitation, restriction enzyme digestion, polymerase chain reaction, agarose gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry, and ELISA.

MLS 4230 - Hematology Laboratory

Diagnostic analyses used to evaluate disease states associated with human blood cells; quality assurance in the hematology lab and on the evaluation of stained blood smears and microscopic differentiation of blood cells.

MLS 4250 - Immunohematology Laboratory (1 credit)

Performance of routine blood banking procedures, including blood group and Rh typing, antibody screens, antibody identification, cross matching, and elution and absorption techniques.

MLS 4219 - Parasitology, Mycology and Virology Laboratory (1 Credit)

Principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic, fungal, and viral infections; disease causation, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification and treatment of medically significant fungi, parasites and viruses.

MLS 4216 - Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory (1 Credit)

Hands-on experience in current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice; principles, procedures, techniques and data interpretation for the isolation and identification of clinically significant bacteria.

MLS 4160 - Blood Bank Practicum (4 Credits)

Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in MLS 4150.

MLS 4161 - Clinical Biochemistry Practicum (4 Credits)

Application of the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic clinical biochemistry I and clinical biochemistry II courses.

MLS 4162 - Hematology Practicum (2 Credits)

Analyses and laboratory testing of human blood specimens.

MLS 4164 - Clinical Microbiology Practicum (4 Credits)

Students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in MLS 4123 (Clinical Microbiology I), MLS 4124 (Clinical Microbiology II), and MLS 4151 (Molecular Diagnostics).

MLS 4165 - Urinalysis Practicum (1 Credit)

Active engagement in applying medical knowledge and clinical skills in the analysis of urine and body fluids.

MLS 4166 - Coagulation Practicum (1 Credit)

One-week required rotation for students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), Post-baccalaureate MLS, or Post-baccalaureate in Hematology for MLS certificate programs. Focus on analyses and laboratory testing of human blood specimens.

MLS 4159 - Capstone Seminar (1 Credit)

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.

MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences Program of Study

MLS 6219 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

This course emphasizes the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

MLS 6218 Genetics (3 credits)

This course covers hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.

MLS 6216 - Microbial Pathogenesis (3 credits)

A comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of diseases caused by microbial pathogens with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of the human infectious disease process.

MLS 6242 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)

This course investigates human disease processes with an emphasis on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of disease. The goal of this class is to advance students’ understanding of how molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to investigate human diseases. Current knowledge of the molecular and cellular events which lead to various human diseases is covered, including cardiovascular, neurological and musculoskeletal abnormalities, autoimmunity, endocrine defects, infectious disease and cancer. Through lectures, assigned readings and discussions, current applications and limitations of modern diagnostic medicine and the importance of basic and applied research to further the understanding of human disease are addressed.

HSCI 6263 - Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research (3 credits)

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 ch.

MLS 6244 Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (3 credits)

This course addresses traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity. The purpose of this course is to emphasize ethical theory and principles of bioethics while planning and conduction scientific studies. Through lectures, reading assignments, case studies and discussion sessions, the following topics are covered: ethical theory and principles, scientific and academic integrity, informed consent in research; Intuitional Review Boards and the use of human subjects in research. IACUC and the use of animals in research, Institutional Biosafety Committees and the use of recombinant DNA in research; conflicts of interest and commitment; authorship and publication; the peer-review process; collaboration and mentoring; methodology, data reporting and data management; ownership of data and intellectual property; whistleblowing and dispute resolution; and privacy and confidentiality. Students learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research and report on an independent examination of a case of research misconduct or other ethical issue, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

MLS 6245 Current Topics in MLS (3 credits)

Novel findings within each area of the medical laboratory science field, including hematology and hemostasis, immunology and serology, clinical microbiology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory operations and management. The course is designed to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills. Current topics are integrated into the development of a project proposal for the capstone research project that the student completes the following semester.

MLS 6246 Capstone Project (3 credits)

This course allows students to apply the knowledge gained throughout the program through the completion of an independent, mentored project. A proposal for the capstone project is developed by the student as a component of the Current Topics course of the previous semester.

MLS 6166 Molecular Diagnostics Practicum* (3 credits)

During this practicum course, the student is actively engaged in applying molecular techniques to diagnose various human diseases.

* May be substituted with an elective for students with current clinical molecular laboratory experience.

Key Dates

 

Summer 2024

Fall 2024

Spring 2025

Application Deadline

March 20, 2024

(Closed)

July 20, 2024

(Open)

December 1, 2024

(Open)

Scholarship Application Deadline

April 15, 2024

(Closed)

August 12, 2024

(Open)

N/A

This is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours. Students must have a minimum of 45 credits and may transfer in up to 60 credits to satisfy general education and advanced standing requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at GW.

GW SMHS does not admit first-time college freshmen or provide general education courses; therefore, students are expected to enroll at another institution of higher education for at least one semester during an academic year following their high school graduation, and prior to transferring into GW

Admission Requirements

To apply for the BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences/MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (Hybrid), you’ll need:

  • Completed application
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement: 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Students residing beyond 25 miles outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and/or who wish to complete the clinical practicums in their area of residence must have identified an acceptable, accredited (i.e., TJC, CAP, etc.) clinical laboratory willing to provide the clinical instruction. A Clinical Site Verification (CSV) form must be filled out by the laboratory manager/director or the education coordinator of the facility and submitted to the appropriate program clinical coordinator for approval. 
  • Applicants must have at least 45 credits from a regionally accredited college or university, which include the coursework specified below:
Prerequisites Credits
English Composition (composition I & II) 6 credits
College Mathematics (algebra, statistics, or higher) 3 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Biology (lecture and hands-on lab) 8 credits
Microbiology (lecture and hands-on lab) 4 credits
Chemistry (lecture and hands-on lab) 8 credits

Transfer credit may include dual enrollment coursework. It may also be considered from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Credit (IB) credit as well as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP exams). Please refer to GW Undergraduate Admissions for information on maximum credits, minimum scores, and GW course equivalents for AP and IB credits.

To maintain eligibility for the MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences, you'll need to complete the BSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Once admitted into the MSHS program, students must successfully complete an additional 27 credit hours of graduate coursework.

 

International Students

International students should check with individual programs regarding eligibility for visa sponsorship. Generally, online and hybrid programs are not eligible for student visa sponsorship from GW. This would include transfer students from any other institution with an existing visa.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please visit NACES.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for the 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). To be considered for admission, there are required scores that you will need to meet. Score requirements may differ by school and program so check the admissions requirements for your program.

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   Curriculum Details

 

BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences Program of Study (100% Online)

Required Courses & Electives (Can be transferred in or taken at GW)

Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (students that take the course at GW will take MLS 3003 - Biochemistry for Laboratory Sciences) (3 credits)

Concepts and principles of biochemistry applicable to laboratory science; structure and function of biological molecules, cellular energetics, and cellular metabolism in relation to human physiology and health.

Electives - 19 credits
 

Required and Elective Total Credits (Major Courses - Must be taken at GW)

MLS 2007W -  Microbes & Society (3 credits)

The ways in which microorganisms shape human society, with special emphasis on the role of microbes in food production, agriculture, biotechnology, and disease. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

MLS 3001W - Professional Ethics for Medical Laboratory Scientists (3 credits)

Ethical and professional conduct of and dilemmas encountered by medical laboratory professionals. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science programs. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

MLS 3000 - Clinical Laboratory Mathematics (3 credits)

Basic mathematical techniques used in the clinical laboratory, including exponential and logarithms, measurement systems, solutions and concentrations, proportionality, graphing, statistics and quality control, and method evaluation; practical applications of data analysis. An equivalent college-level mathematics course or permission of the program director may be substituted for the prerequisite. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program.

MLS 6141 - Advanced Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

The immune system, various immune-related diseases, and the clinical applications of immunology related to the diagnosis and monitoring of human diseases.

MLS 6158 - Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations (3 credits)

An introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations.

MLS 4145 - Clinical Biochemistry I (3 credits)

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 are also emphasized.

MLS 4146 - Clinical Biochemistry II (3 credits)

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 are also emphasized.

MLS 4150 – Immunohematology (3 credits)

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.

MLS 6217 – Medical Biotechnology (3 credits)

Comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

MLS 4130 - Hematology I (3 credits)

Study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on hematologic techniques and cell identification; anemias and non-malignant leukocyte disorders.

MLS 4131 - Hematology II (3 credits)

Study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on white blood cell disorders; introduction to the hemostatic system and associated coagulation disorders.

MLS 4116 - Clinical Bacteriology I (3 credits)

Principles of clinical microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic characteristics, isolation, and identification of bacteria related to human disease; theoretical approach to the current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice.

MLS 4117 - Clinical Bacteriology II (2 credits)

The etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites with an emphasis on the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents; specimen collection and handling, diagnosis and treatment of medically significant bacteria.

MLS 4159 - Capstone Seminar (1 Credit)

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.

MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences Program of Study

MLS 6219 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

This course emphasizes the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

MLS 6218 Genetics (3 credits)

This course covers hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.

MLS 6216 - Microbial Pathogenesis (3 credits)

A comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of diseases caused by microbial pathogens with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of the human infectious disease process.

MLS 6242 Molecular Pathology (3 credits)

This course investigates human disease processes with an emphasis on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of disease. The goal of this class is to advance students’ understanding of how molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to investigate human diseases. Current knowledge of the molecular and cellular events which lead to various human diseases is covered, including cardiovascular, neurological and musculoskeletal abnormalities, autoimmunity, endocrine defects, infectious disease and cancer. Through lectures, assigned readings and discussions, current applications and limitations of modern diagnostic medicine and the importance of basic and applied research to further the understanding of human disease are addressed.

HSCI 6263 - Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research (3 credits)

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 ch.

MLS 6244 Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity (3 credits)

This course addresses traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity. The purpose of this course is to emphasize ethical theory and principles of bioethics while planning and conduction scientific studies. Through lectures, reading assignments, case studies and discussion sessions, the following topics are covered: ethical theory and principles, scientific and academic integrity, informed consent in research; Intuitional Review Boards and the use of human subjects in research. IACUC and the use of animals in research, Institutional Biosafety Committees and the use of recombinant DNA in research; conflicts of interest and commitment; authorship and publication; the peer-review process; collaboration and mentoring; methodology, data reporting and data management; ownership of data and intellectual property; whistleblowing and dispute resolution; and privacy and confidentiality. Students learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research and report on an independent examination of a case of research misconduct or other ethical issue, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

MLS 6245 Current Topics in MLS (3 credits)

Novel findings within each area of the medical laboratory science field, including hematology and hemostasis, immunology and serology, clinical microbiology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory operations and management. The course is designed to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills. Current topics are integrated into the development of a project proposal for the capstone research project that the student completes the following semester.

MLS 6246 Capstone Project (3 credits)

This course allows students to apply the knowledge gained throughout the program through the completion of an independent, mentored project. A proposal for the capstone project is developed by the student as a component of the Current Topics course of the previous semester.

MLS 6166 Molecular Diagnostics Practicum* (3 credits)

During this practicum course, the student is actively engaged in applying molecular techniques to diagnose various human diseases.

* May be substituted with an elective for students with current clinical molecular laboratory experience.

Elective Course (3 credits)
 

Key Dates

 

Summer 2024

Fall 2024

Spring 2025

Application Deadline

March 20, 2024

(Closed)

July 20, 2024

(Open)

December 1, 2024

(Open)

Scholarship Application Deadline

April 15, 2024

(Closed)

August 12, 2024

(Open)

N/A

This is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours. Students must have a minimum of 45 credits and may transfer in up to 60 credits to satisfy general education and advanced standing requirements.  Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at GW.

GW SMHS does not admit first-time college freshmen or provide general education courses; therefore, students are expected to enroll at another institution of higher education for at least one semester during an academic year following their high school graduation, and prior to transferring into GW.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences/MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (100% Online), you’ll need:

  • Completed application
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement: 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Prospective students must submit verification of MLT certification or proof of graduation from a NAACLS accredited MLT program within 6 months of their start term
  • Students residing beyond 25 miles outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and/or who wish to complete the clinical practicums in their area of residence must have identified an acceptable, accredited (i.e., TJC, CAP, etc.) clinical laboratory willing to provide the clinical instruction. A Clinical Site Verification (CSV) form must be filled out by the laboratory manager/director or the education coordinator of the facility and submitted to the appropriate program clinical coordinator for approval. 
  • Applicants must have at least 45 credits from a regionally accredited college or university, which include the coursework specified below:
Prerequisites Credits
English Composition (composition I & II) 6 credits
College Mathematics (algebra, statistics, or higher) 3 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Biology (lecture and hands-on lab) 8 credits
Microbiology (lecture and hands-on lab) 4 credits
Chemistry (lecture and hands-on lab) 8 credits

Transfer credit may include dual enrollment coursework. It may also be considered from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Credit (IB) credit as well as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP exams). Please refer to GW Undergraduate Admissions for information on maximum credits, minimum scores, and GW course equivalents for AP and IB credits.

To maintain eligibility for the MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences, you'll need to complete the BSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Once admitted into the MSHS program, students must successfully complete an additional 27 credit hours of graduate coursework.

International Students

International students should check with individual programs regarding eligibility for visa sponsorship. Generally, online and hybrid programs are not eligible for student visa sponsorship from GW. This would include transfer students from any other institution with an existing visa.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please visit NACES.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for the 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). To be considered for admission, there are required scores that you will need to meet. Score requirements may differ by school and program so check the admissions requirements for your program.

Supporting Documents and Official Transcript

Documents and Official Transcripts not submitted online should be mailed to:

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Alternatively, official electronic transcripts can be sent to: transcripts@hsprograms.gwu.edu

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