Become a Laboratory Technologist
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 technologist. 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.
GW grads’ overall pass rate for the ASCP MLS exam
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
- GW grads have a 93.93% overall pass rate for the ASCP MLS board of certification exam vs. the national average of 73%*
- 99.72% 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 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.View Courses
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|GW MLS ASCP Pass Rates (updated for 2019):||GW MLS Placement Rates* (updated for 2019):|
|GW alumni first-time pass rate: 91.42%|
GW alumni overall pass rate: 94.28%
National overall pass rate: 75.14%
*Students who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.
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.
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
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
- Personal statement
- One letter of recommendation
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.Get Tuition Details
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.
- “Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Bls.gov, 9 Apr. 2021, www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm. Accessed 5 May 2021.
- Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
**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.
Please 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 plan to relocate to New York do research to determine the NY licensure requirements.
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