Assist Physicians in More Precise Diagnoses
The George Washington University’s (GW) online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Science is designed to provide the knowledge and hands-on skills you need to become a certified technologist in clinical chemistry.
You’ll learn how to use chemistry to evaluate patient health, study DNA, and examine tissue, along with developing laboratory procedures that help physicians make earlier, more precise patient diagnoses and determine treatment.
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Qualify for the ASCP Chemistry exam
Accreditation and Rankings
- GWU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- NAACLS accredited
- #62 Best National University*
* The U.S. News & World Report – 2023 Rankings
- 100% online coursework, no visits to campus required
- Qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Chemistry (C) exam*
- The certificate consists of 19 credit hours and can be completed in 1 year
- Applicants with clinical laboratory experience may be eligible to waive individual clinical practicum requirements
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Science consists of five, three-credit courses and concludes with a four-credit practicum. Applicants with clinical laboratory experience may be eligible to waive individual clinical practicum requirements.
You will explore immunology and serology, clinical biochemistry, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory management and put your new skills to work in a real-world environment.
You can complete this program in as little as one year and qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Chemistry (C) exam.
When you will complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Science you will be ready 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
- 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?
Clinical chemists are strong critical thinkers and can handle tasks that require precise manual dexterity. They work well under supervision while performing routine tests and research to develop new testing methods. They pay great attention to detail to help detect human and mechanical errors, like incorrectly recorded results, and work diligently to resolve those errors or problems during testing.
This certificate program is best for those who have successfully completed a bachelor’s 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.
Clinical chemists can work in a variety of laboratory settings:
- Hospital laboratories or clinics
- Manufacturing laboratories
- Commercial or reference laboratories
- Pharmaceutical companies
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to use laboratory procedures to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes.
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
To be accepted into this program, you must have:
- Completed application
- Cumulative and Science GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
- Bachelor’s degree
- Personal statement
- One letter of recommendation
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Science program at GW consists of 19 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.
Meet the Program Director
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.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 20, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
* 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. States requiring licensure may require extended duration of practicum experiences, additional academic courses (outside the student’s program of study), etc. These additional requirements may require you to take a course or courses outside of GW.
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 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 (e.g., Technologist in Microbiology, Technologist in Blood Banking, etc.). 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.
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