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BSHS in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology

The George Washington University's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology program could help students develop an understanding of clinical lab and research processes in embryology, andrology, genetics, and cryobiology. Read more about this BSHS program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

This program is designed for students who have already completed general education courses, therefore aspiring students of this BSHS program should have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have 31 credits of previous coursework. Specifically, they need 3 credits of English composition, 3 credits of humanities, 3 credits of college math, 6 credits of social sciences, 8 credits of biology with lab, and 8 credits of general or inorganic chemistry with lab. Familiarity with research methodologies and strong analytical skills are also important. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Through a combination of online courses, on-campus labs, and clinical experiences, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology program at The George Washington University is designed to give students a thorough education in lab testing processes and sample collection techniques focusing on embryos, sperm, oocytes, and cell biopsies. Clinical classes and accompanying labs could allow students to learn practices in embryo transfers, egg denudation, sperm preparations, sperm and embryo freezing, and preimplantation genetics procedures. Other courses might address immunology, molecular diagnostics, human genetics, lab mathematics, and laboratory management. The application of concepts and methods studied in courses and labs can be achieved through a series of clinical experiences in labs using clinical assisted reproductive technologies.

Learning Format:

Online and on campus

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology:

The BSHS in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology program requires students to complete 60 credits in the major curriculum that includes courses, labs, and clinical experiences. They must also satisfy 60 credits in general education coursework and electives, some of which are completed prior to admission to the program. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education and Advance Standing Requirements (60 credits)

  • English composition (3 credits)
  • Biology with lab (8 credits)
  • General or inorganic chemistry with lab (8 credits)
  • College math (algebra, statistics, or higher) (3 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits)
  • Social sciences (6 credits)
  • Elective courses (minimum 29 credits)

Major Courses (60 credits)

  • Writing in the Health Sciences
  • Research and Writing in Health Sciences
  • Clinical Laboratory Mathematics
  • Professional Ethics for Medical Laboratory Scientists
  • Biochemistry for Laboratory Science
  • Immunology and Serology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Laboratory Management and Operations
  • Human Genetics
  • Endocrinology for Health Sciences
  • Topics in Biomedical Science
  • Clinical Human Embryology
  • Human Embryology Laboratory
  • Clinical Human Andrology
  • Human Andrology Laboratory
  • Human Reproductive Cryobiology
  • Human Cryobiology Laboratory
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Laboratory
  • Clinical Experience in Embryology
  • Clinical Experience in Andrology
  • Clinical Experience in Cryobiology
  • Clinical Experience in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
  • Students choose one elective in Medical Laboratory Science or Health Sciences

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon completion of the BSHS - Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology program, graduates who intend to pursue upper administrative positions in clinical laboratory settings or careers in research or academics might go on to earn a master's degree. At the master's level, students could expect to learn more about research methodologies and ethics, clinical laboratory management, biostatistics, and the evaluation of research data.

Some of the master's degrees graduates might consider include:

  • Master's of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Career Paths:

Once they have earned this BSHS degree, graduates might be prepared for entry-level or mid-management opportunities in medical research labs, clinical labs, biotechnology companies, research hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, or biochemical research companies. They might work as assistants or lab technicians in areas of genetic research, in-vitro fertilization preparation, oocyte retrieval, embryo transfers, or cryopreservation.

Some possible careers that graduates could explore include:

  • Research associate
  • Junior embryologist
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • In-vitro fertilization lab specialist