BSHS in Medical Laboratory Science

Overview 

The Blended BSHS with a major in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is a degree completion where you transfer in 60 credits from a regionally accredited college or university and then complete 60 credit hours at GW for a total of 120 credit hours divided into four degree components:

  • General Education (38 credit hours)
  • Electives (22 credit hours)
  • MLS Major Courses (54 credit hours)
  • Online Writing Courses (6 credit hours)

Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework to meet the academic residency requirements for the online program.

Structure

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 four months of clinical practica and labs completed at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA.

Semester

Fall

Spring

Summer

Semester 1

HSCI 2112W

HSCI 4112W 

HSCI 2112W 

HSCI 4112W 

HSCI 2112W 

HSCI 4112W 

Semester 2

MLS 4158

MLS 4141

MLS 4158

MLS 4141

MLS 4158

MLS 4141

Semester 3, 4, 5

MLS 4145

MLS 4146 

MLS 4246

MLS 4151 

MLS 4251

MLS 4130 

MLS 4131 

MLS 4230

MLS 4150 

MLS 4250

MLS 4116 

MLS 4117 

ML 4216

MLS 4119 

MLS 4219

Semester 6

Practicum Courses 

Capstone Seminar

Practicum Courses  

Capstone Seminar

Practicum Courses 

Capstone Seminar

Example: Fall Entry: Fall 18- HSCI 2112W, 4112W ; Spring 19 -MLS 4141, 4158 ; Summer 19 -MLS 4116, 4117, 4216, 4119, 4219 ; Fall 19- MLS 4145, 4146, 4216, 4151, 4251 ; Spring 20 -MLS 4130, 4131, 4230, 4150, 4250 ; Summer 20 -Practicum Courses & Capstone 

To maintain the academic integrity of the program, the GW MLS program requires that students use a web-based remote proctoring system called Remote Proctor Now in every MLS-designated course throughout the program.  Additional information on this system from Software Secure, Inc. can be found at this address: http://www.softwaresecure.com/product/remote-proctor-now/.  See below the IT requirements to use Remote Proctor Now.

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.

Transferable Coursework (60 credit hours)

For an assessment on the transferability of your previous coursework, please contact the program office. Coursework will be evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a C or better (C- grades do not transfer)

General Education (38 credit hours)

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Biology (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (8 credits)
  • Microbiology (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (4 credits)
  • Chemistry (lecture and ‘hands-on’ lab) (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)

Electives (22 credit hours)

Academic credit may be awarded for ACE-recognized military courses, as appropriate.

GW Course Offerings

Students complete courses in a lock-step format.  All of the didactic courses (Phase I) in the MLS programs are taught online, with the exception of the face-to-face labs, which are taught in Ashburn, VA.  The lab courses typically take place on weekday evenings and students will need to make sure to keep this time free in order to complete the labs.  The clinical practicum is also taken in-person, at an assigned location.

Phase 1

MLS Required Didactic Online Courses (31 credits)

MLS 4141: Immunology & Serology (3 credits)

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

MLS 4158: Laboratory Management and Operations (3 credits)

Introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations. Proctor fee.

MLS 4145: Clinical Biochemistry I (3 credits)

This course studies the methodologies employed in the chemical analysis of human blood and body fluids. This includes an examination of the fundamentals of measurement and the principles of instrumentation as they relate to the assay of each analyte studied. In addition, the laboratory results are correlated with the clinical significance and pathophysiology which may generate changes in the analyte. Throughout the course, the quality assurance measures required to ensure reliability and validity of the laboratory results are also emphasized. Proctor fee.

MLS 4146: Clinical Biochemistry II (3 credits)

This second course in clinical biochemistry continues the study of the measurement and interpretation of chemical constituents in human blood and body fluids. The laboratory results of each analyte are correlated with the clinical significance and pathophysiology which may generate changes in the analyte. Throughout the course, the quality assurance measures required to ensure reliability and validity of the laboratory results are also emphasized.

MLS 4116: Clinical Bacteriology I (3 credits)

Principles of clinical microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic characteristics, isolation, and identification of bacteria related to human disease; theoretical approach to the current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice. Proctor fee. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111 and BISC 1115.

MLS 4117: Clinical Bacteriology II (2 credits)

The etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites with an emphasis on the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents; specimen collection and handling, diagnosis and treatment of medically significant bacteria. Proctor fee. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111 and BISC 1115.

MLS 4150: Immunohematology (3 credits)

The major blood group systems that affect the practice of transfusion medicine and examines the processing and distribution of blood products supplied by transfusion services. Proctor fee.

MLS 4119: Parasitology, Mycology and Virology (2 credits)

Principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic, fungal, and viral infections; disease causation, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification and treatment of medically significant fungi, parasites, and viruses. Proctor fee. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisite: BISC 1112.

MLS 4130: Hematology I (3 credits)

Study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on hematologic techniques and cell identification; anemias and non-malignant leukocyte disorders. Proctor fee. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111 and BISC 1115.

MLS 4131: Hematology II (3 credits)

Study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on white blood cell disorders; introduction to the hemostatic system and associated coagulation disorders. Proctor fee. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111, BISC 1115 and MLS 4130.

MLS 4151: Molecular Diagnostics (3 credits)

Introduction to the molecular techniques used to diagnose human disease; technology, theory, and methodology of specific molecular protocols that can be used within a clinical laboratory setting to aid in disease diagnostics including those of genetic, oncogenic, and infections origin. Proctor fee.

Face-to-Face Labs (taken concurrently with didactic online courses; 6 credits)

MLS 4216: Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory (1 credit)

Hands-on experience in current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice; principles, procedures, techniques and data interpretation for the isolation and identification of clinically significant bacteria. Laboratory fee. Corequisite: MLS 4116. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111 and BISC 1115.

MLS 4230: Clinical Hematology Laboratory (1 credit)

Diagnostic analyses used to evaluate disease states associated with human blood cells; quality assurance in the hematology lab and on the evaluation of stained blood smears and microscopic differentiation of blood cells. Laboratory fee. Corequisite: MLS 4130. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111 and BISC 1115.

MLS 4250: Immunohematology Laboratory (1 credit)

Performance of routine blood banking procedures, including blood group and Rh typing, antibody screens, antibody identification, cross matching, and elution and absorption techniques. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program.

MLS 4251: Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (1 credit)

An introduction to the theory of and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on molecular and serological techniques, including DNA extraction and quantitation, restriction enzyme digestion, polymerase chain reaction, agarose gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry, and ELISA. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program.

MLS 4219: Parasitology, Mycology & Virology Laboratory (1 credit)

Principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic, fungal, and viral infections; disease causation, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification and treatment of medically significant fungi, parasites and viruses. Laboratory fee. Corequisite MLS 4119. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisite: BISC 1112.

MLS 4246: Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory (1 credit)

Practical laboratory course covering the principles and procedures of various diagnostic testing procedures performed in the clinical biochemistry laboratory; measurement and interpretation of chemical constituents in human blood and body fluids. Laboratory fee. Corequisite: MLS 4145. Prerequisites: CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1112. Recommended background: students in the medical laboratory science program.

Required Online Writing Courses (6 credits)

HSCI 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences (3 credits)

Introduction to the health sciences literature. Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.

HSCI 4112W: Research and Writing in the Health Sciences (3 credits)

An upper division level course that is required for all students. HSci 4112 will build upon the foundation established in the existing HSci 2112 – Writing in the Health Sciences. This course along with HSci 2112 will meet the University requirement for two designated (Writing in the Discipline) WID courses. Students will analyze discipline-specific texts, dissect and analyze a research proposal, create and critique abstracts, and write scientific literature reviews. Students will develop discipline specific texts, which will include a review of style and language use.

Phase II

Required MLS Practicum Courses (17 credits)

MLS 4160: Blood Bank Practicum (4 credits)

Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in MLS 4150. Proctor fee. Prerequisite: MLS 4150.

MLS 4161: Clinical Biochemistry Practicum (4 credits)

Application of the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic clinical biochemistry I and clinical biochemistry II courses. Proctor fee.

MLS 4162: Hematology Practicum (2 credits)

Analyses and laboratory testing of human blood specimens. Proctor fee.

MLS 4164: Clinical Microbiology Practicum (4 credits)

Students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in MLS 4123 (Clinical Microbiology I), MLS 4124 (Clinical Microbiology II), and MLS 4151 (Molecular Diagnostics). Proctor fee.

MLS 4165: Urinalysis Practicum (1 credit)

During this practicum course, the student actively engages in applying the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in MLS 4120.

MLS 4166: Coagulation Practicum (1 credit)

One-week required rotation for students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), Post-baccalaureate MLS, or Post-baccalaureate in Hematology for MLS certificate programs. Focus on analyses and laboratory testing of human blood specimens.

MLS 4159: Capstone Seminar (1 credit)

Comprehensive review of medical laboratory science, which prepares students to sit for the board of certification examination. Integration of knowledge gained in didactic and practicum courses within the various laboratory disciplines, including hematology, microbiology, chemistry, and immunohematology. Proctor fee.

Download MLS Course Desciptions (pdf)

 

ASCP MLS Board of Certification Examination First Time Pass Rates:   

 

GW first time pass rate

GW overall pass rate

National

2014

100%

100%

83.80%

2015

88.24%

94.11%

78.85%

2016

81.25%

87.50%

79.80%

2017

95.56%

95.56%

79.60%

2018

89.39%

93.93%

79.60%

Graduation Rates

100% of students who enter Phase II of the MLS program graduate

Employment Rates:

Greater than 95% of graduates are employed in the field within three months of program completion