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BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Students of the online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Sciences at The George Washington University have the opportunity to learn about clinical lab procedures and techniques through studies and hands-on learning. Get more information about this BSHS program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Sciences

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Those who wish to be considered for enrollment in this BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences program must have completed college-level coursework in English composition, college algebra, statistics, biology with lab, microbiology with lab, chemistry with lab, and organic chemistry or biochemistry. They must also have at least a 2.5 GPA. Strong math analytical skills are important. Applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From diagnostic testing techniques to lab technologies, students in The George Washington University's online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Sciences program have the opportunity to learn the responsibilities associated with being a medical lab scientist. Core classes cover specimen collecting and handling, testing processes, and identification systems used in areas of bacteriology, hematology, parasitology, and virology. Other topics addressed in required courses include the components and functions of the immune system, lab management practices, ethical conduct in medical laboratories, and mathematical processes used in clinical labs. A four-part clinical experience allows students to apply concepts and methods studied throughout the program in actual lab settings. Completion of this program can lead students to sit for certification exams administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

120 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 the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Sciences:

In this program, students must complete a total of 120 credits, which includes 52 credits in core classes and eight credits in electives. Up to 60 credits can be transferred toward general education and advanced standing requirements; students with the only 45 transferrable credits must take 15 credits in general education courses. 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.

Core Courses (52 credits)

  • Clinical Bacteriology I
  • Laboratory Math
  • Ethics for Laboratory Medicine
  • Clinical Bacteriology II
  • Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology
  • Hematology I
  • Hematology II
  • Clinical Experience I
  • Clinical Experience II
  • Clinical Experience III
  • Clinical Experience IV
  • Immunology and Serology
  • Clinical Biochemistry I
  • Clinical Biochemistry II
  • Immunohematology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Laboratory Management and Operations
  • Capstone Seminar

Elective Courses (8 credits)

  • Students choose three of the following courses:
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
    • Pathophysiology
    • Current Issues in Bioethics
    • Healthcare in Literature
    • Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Sciences could help graduates build the skills necessary to obtain technical or supervisory positions in lab settings; however, those seeking administrative or directorial responsibilities might need a master's degree. A master's degree program could offer more advanced studies in areas like laboratory management or research.

Master's degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences in Molecular Diagnostic Science

Career Paths:

After completing the BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences program, graduates could have developed the analytical skills and knowledge of specimen collection and diagnostic techniques to qualify for technical roles in medical lab settings. They might apply their skills in forensic labs, pharmaceutical companies, public health clinics, research clinics, or blood banks.

Career titles for graduates mostly include:

  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical laboratory technologist