Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hematology for Medical Laboratory Science

The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hematology for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) requires completion of 17 credit hours. Completion of the certificate qualifies the graduate to take the Technologist in Hematology examination offered by national certifying agencies.

Admitted students complete required courses either on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses in the major (Phase I) are designed to broaden the student's foundation in the sciences in preparation for the clinical phase of the program (PhaseII). All courses are taught online, with the exception of the clinical practicum.

The clinical practicum (Phase II) is 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 practicum.

Coursework at GW (17 credit hours; 3 credits each, unless noted)

No previous transfer credit or work experience may be considered for these required classes.

MLS 4118: Laboratory Operations (1 credit)

Basic concepts applicable to all areas of the clinical laboratory. Quality assurance and quality control, laboratory safety, including federal regulations, and related topics.

 
MLS 4128: Hematology I (2 credits)

Principles of laboratory detection, clinical correlation, and pathophysiology of human blood cell diseases and disorders of hemostasis.

 
MLS 4129: Hematology II (2 credits)

Principles of laboratory detection, clinical correlation, and pathophysiology of human blood cell diseases and disorders of hemostasis.

 
MLS 4140: Clinical Laboratory Management

Basic concepts of laboratory management, including organizational principles, financial management of resources, decision-making and problem-solving skills, human resource management.

 
MLS 4141: Immunology & Serology

Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.

 
MLS 4151: Molecular Diagnostics

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.

 
MLS 4162: Hematology and Hemostasis Practicum

The Hematology and Hemostasis Practicum is a 3-week, required rotation for students in the BSHS in MLS or the post-baccalaureate MLS or Hematology certificate programs. During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic Hematology I (MLS 4128) and Hematology II (MLS 4129) courses.

 

Clinical rotations are completed at an approved clinical site and vary in length, lasting between 1 to 4 weeks each, for a total of 4 months. Local students using a GW affiliated site should expect to complete the practicum course in a fall or spring semester.