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MSHS in Laboratory Medicine

Hands-On Skills for the Medical Laboratory

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 Medicine 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 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) board certification exam.*

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Quick Facts

52

total credits

91%

ASCP MLS Overall Pass Rate for 2021 GW Grads

2 years

average duration

Accreditation and Rankings

  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • #63 Best National University*

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2022 Rankings

Program Highlights

Curriculum

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

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GW Graduation Rates:*GW MLS Placement Rates:**GW ASCP Pass Rates:***ASCP National Overall Pass Rate:
2019: 98.6%
2020: 100%
2021: 100%
2019: 100%
2020: 100%
2021: 100%
2019: 91%
2020: 93%
2021: 91%
2019: 75.13%
2020: 74.57%
2021: 69.14%

*Students graduating that began the second half of the program.

** Students who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.

*** Students who passed within the first year of graduation.

Program Outcomes

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

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 who would like to qualify to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) board certification exam.

ASCP Certification and State Licensure

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. In particular, New York and California have additional requirements for state licensure. Both NY and CA require extended times for practicum rotations. Please also be aware that the MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program does not meet the student lab requirement for NY state licensure. We recommend that students who live in New York or California or plan to relocate to New York or California do research to determine the NY and CA licensure requirements.

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

National MLS average first-time pass rates per the 2018 Examination Statistics for ASCP Credential document publicly available here: https://www.ascp.org/content/docs/default-source/boc-pdfs/boc_statistical_reports/exam-stats-2018.pdf?sfvrsn=4

Career Outlook

With U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting available jobs to increase 11% between 2018 and 2028, 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

Admission Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

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Tuition Details

The MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program at GW consists of 52 credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here.

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

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Meet the Program Director

Yousif Barzani, MD, MLS (ASCP) CM

Dr. Barzani is an assistant professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GWSMHS). He has taught and is presently teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses in Hematology & Hemostasis, Immunology & Serology, Mycology & Parasitology, and others. Dr. Barzani is the reviewer and editorial board member of several peer reviewed journals. He has published several textbook chapters on diagnostic microbiology and infectious diseases.

Biography:

Dr. Barzani is an educator, researcher, assistant professor, and program director of the MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program.

Teaching:

Dr. Barzani presently teaches graduate courses in the laboratory medicine and other programs in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

MLS 6141 Advanced Immunology & Serology

MLS 6130 Advanced Hematology I

MLS 6131 Advanced Hematology II

MLS 6246 Capstone Project LM

MLS 6245 Current Topics in MLS

MLS 6213 Seminar in Immunohematology

MLS 4219 Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology Lab

HSCI 2102 Pathophysiology

HSCI 6297 Independent Study/Health Profession

MLS 6251 Advanced Clinical Microbiology Practicum

MLS 6248 Advanced Blood Bank Practicum

MLS 6250 Advanced Hematology Practicum

MLS 6249 Advanced Coagulation Practicum

MLS 6247Advanced Clinical Biochemistry Practicum

MLS 6252 Advanced Urinalysis Practicum

Community Service:

GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:

1. Member, GW Committee on Human Research, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Blue

Panel primary member, and alternate member on the Gold Panel (October 2019 to

Present)

2. Member, GW Faculty Senate Research Committee (July 2021 to Present)

3. Member, GW Health Sciences Curriculum Committee (July 2020 to Present)

4. Member, GW Educational Policy & Technology Committee (2020 to Present)

5. Member, GW Health Sciences Student Evaluation Committee (July 2019 to Present)

GW BLS Department

1. Chair, BLS Department Faculty Search Committee (August 2021)

2. Member, BLS Department Scholarship Committee (July 2021 to Present)

3. Member, BLS Department Search Committee, Diversity Advocate for Assistant Director of Clinical Education position (February 2020)

4. Member, BLS Department Chair Search Committee, Diversity Advocate (Jan 2019)

5. Member, BLS Department Faculty Search Committee, Diversity Advocate (Feb-2019)

6. Member, GW Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program Faculty Search Committee, Diversity Advocate (March 2019)

7. Member, BLS Department Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program Advisory Board (January 2017-to present)

8. Teaching faculty, BLS Department Summer Immersion Program (January 2016-to present)

External

1. American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Career Ambassador- April 2019 to Present

2. Member, Governor's Health Sciences Academy at TC Williams High School-Surgical Technology Sciences Planning Committee (August 2018 to Present) and GW Academy Course Director (Spring 2020 to Present)

Research:

Dr. Barzani’s research interests include student outcomes and professional development, medical education, health and healthcare disparities, community-based participatory research, health equity, diversity and inclusion. He is a member of the Journal of Collaborative Healthcare &

Translational Medicine Editorial Board and peer reviewer of the Pathology Laboratory Medicine- Board and Certification Review by StatPearls Publishing (2021 ed)

Chapters in Books:

1. Barzani Y (2018). Zoonotic Diseases. In Connie Mahon and Donald Lehman (Eds),

Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology (6th ed), pp. 939-952. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

2. Barzani Y (2018). Genital Infections and Sexually Transmitted Infections. In Connie Mahon and Donald Lehman (Eds), Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology (6th ed), pp. 897-929. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

3. Barzani Y (2018). Nonfermenting and Miscellaneous Gram-Negative. In Connie Mahon and Donald Lehman (Eds), Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology (6th ed), pp. 465-485. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

**National MLS average first-time pass rates per the 2018 Examination Statistics for ASCP Credential document publicly available here: https://www.ascp.org/content/docs/default-source/boc-pdfs/boc_statistical_reports/exam-stats-2018.pdf?sfvrsn=4