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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science

Become a Laboratory Scientist

The George Washington University’s (GW) online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science is perfect if you’re looking to advance your career and become board certified as a laboratory scientist. This certificate program is designed to teach you how to analyze blood, urine, tissue, and other body specimens to detect, diagnose, and treat disease. You’ll learn the latest molecular techniques to investigate and determine the causes of disease.

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Quick Facts


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GW grads’ overall pass rate for the ASCP MLS exam in 2022***

20 months

average duration

Accreditation and Rankings

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

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2023 Rankings

Program Highlights

  • GW grads have a 100% overall pass rate in 2022 for the ASCP MLS board of certification exam vs. the national average of 69.14%***
  • 100% 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
  • Clinical practicum waivers are available for qualified students

The medical lab sciences program has helped me establish my career and pass the ASCP board examination. I am looking forward to the experience I will gain as an entry-level scientist in a medical laboratory with the goal of going further with my education and educating others about this demanding yet rewarding career.

Jacqueline Blazquez MLS(ASCP)CM, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science, ’20 


The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) requires the completion of 48 credit hours, divided into two components: MLS Courses (32 credit hours) and Clinical Practicum Courses (16 credit hours). Clinical practicum waivers are available for qualified students.

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*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. The passing scores are a combination of all undergrad and grad MLS programs.

† Not a final result; rate calculation currently in progress.

Graduation Rates:*
GW MLS Placement Rates:** GW ASCP Pass Rates:*** ASCP National Overall Pass Rate:
2019: 98.6%
2020: 100%
2021: 100%
2022: 99%

Program Outcomes

This certificate teaches you what you need to qualify to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) exam.** When you complete this certificate program and your hands-on practicum, you’ll 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 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 have a knack for scientific concepts and troubleshooting. Working both alone and as part of a team, they are persistent in thoroughly investigating abnormal test results. They can work various shifts throughout the day or be on call in case of emergency. They have a passion for improving patient care from behind the scenes.

This certificate program is best for those who have successfully completed a baccalaureate 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 practicum waivers are available for qualified students.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes. Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is expected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, with a median salary of $54,180 per year.1

Some potential roles may include:

  • Lab Manager: $70,349 median salary2
  • Certified Medical Technologist: $50,129 median salary2
  • Medical Lab Technologist: $52,450 median salary2

Medical laboratory scientists can work in a variety of laboratory settings:

  • Hospitals or clinics
  • Forensic labs
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Industrial research labs
  • Molecular biotechnology labs

According to Burning Glass, from May 2017 to May 2018, these high-demand, high-paying metro areas were seeking medical laboratory technicians with at least 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 salary

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science, you’ll need:

  • Completed application
  • Cumulative and Science GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation
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Tuition Details

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science at GW consists of 48 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

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

Cliff Cymrot is the current Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program director and has over 10 years of experience in combined teaching and clinical laboratory practice. In addition to his program director duties, Cliff 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), Cliff Cymrot worked as a medical laboratory technician at a medium-sized, 200-bed hospital in upstate NY. In 2008, Cliff Cymrot worked for Advance Magazine for Laboratory Professionals providing story lines 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 position of program director for the undergraduate courses for the MLS program here at GW.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

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  1. “Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”, 9 Apr. 2021, Accessed 5 May 2021.
  2. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved January 16, 2020.

*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. 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 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 plan to relocate to New York or California do research to determine the NY and CA licensure requirements.

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