Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Blood Banking for Medical Laboratory Science


The online 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 (Phase I) are designed to broaden the student's foundation in the sciences in preparation for the clinical phase of the program (Phase II). All courses are taught online, with the exception of the clinical practica (Phase II).

The clinical practica (Phase II) 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 practica.

Course Offerings

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)
  • MLS 4141: Immunology & Serology
  • MLS 4150: Immunohematology
  • MLS 4160: Blood Bank Practicum (4 credits)
  • MLS 4151: Molecular Diagnostics
  • MLS 4140: Clinical Laboratory Management

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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 these practicum courses in fall or spring semesters.