The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Blood Banking for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) requires completion of 17 credit hours. Completion of the certificate qualifies the graduate to take the Technologist in Blood Banking examination offered by national certifying agencies.
Admitted students complete required courses either on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses in the major are designed to broaden the student's foundation in the sciences in preparation for the clinical phase of the program. All courses are taught online, with the exception of the clinical practicums.
The clinical practicums are usually taken on a full-time basis. Students are typically in a clinical laboratory eight hours per day (daytime hours), five days per week. Admitted students must be able to fulfill the necessary time requirement for the practicums.
Coursework at GW (17 credit hours; 3 credits each, unless noted)
Basic concepts applicable to all areas of the clinical laboratory. Quality assurance and quality control, laboratory safety, including federal regulations, and related topics.
Basic concepts of laboratory management, including organizational principles, financial management of resources, decision-making and problem-solving skills, human resource management.
Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.
This course explores the major blood group systems that impact the practice of transfusion medicine and examines the processing and distribution of blood products supplied by transfusion services. Major topics covered in this one-semester course include: 1- donor selection and the collection, preparation, and storage of blood products, 2 - the prevention of transfusion reactions through identification of unsuspected antibodies and compatibility testing, and 3- the recognition of transfusion-associated conditions and diseases. In addition, quality assurance and compliance measures in blood banking are reviewed.
The advances in scientific technology have expanded the interest and applicability of nucleic acid based analysis within clinical diagnostic laboratories and routine screening procedures. The Molecular Diagnostics course is an introduction to the molecular techniques used to diagnose human diseases. The course will emphasize the technology, theory, and methodology of specific molecular protocols that can be utilized within a clinical laboratory setting to aid in disease diagnosis, including those of genetic, oncogenic, and infectious origin.
The Blood Bank Clinical Practicum is a 3-week, required clinical rotation for students in the BSHS in MLS or the post-baccalaureate MLS or Blood Banking certificate programs. During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Immunohematology course (MLS 4150).
The Clinical Immunology and Serology Practicum is a one week, required clinical rotation for students in the BSHS in MLS or the post-baccalaureate MLS and Blood Bank certificate programs. During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Immunology and Serology course (MLS 4141).
Clinical rotations are completed at an approved clinical site and vary in length, lasting between 1 to 4 weeks each.