Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology

The bachelor of science in health sciences with a major in clinical embryology and assisted reproductive technology program is designed prepare graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for positions in assisted reproductive technology laboratories, biotechnology companies, research institutes and hospitals. In addition, program graduates will be eligible to take the embryology and andrology board of certification examination (ELS and ALS) offered by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). The curriculum will also ensure that graduates will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate if they so choose. 

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

General education and advanced standing 1
3 credits of English composition 2
8 credits of biology with lab
8 credits of general or inorganic chemistry with lab
3 credits of college math (algebra, statistics, or higher)
3 credits of humanities 2
6 credits of social sciences 2
A minimum of 29 credits in elective coursework. Elective coursework may include courses in pathophysiology or anatomy and physiology, ethics or values, and global/cross-cultural perspectives. Credit from non-traditional sources, i.e., other than from academic coursework, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. This may include military coursework, credit-by-exam, and non-college based health programs. 1
60 credits in major coursework, which must be completed at GW
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
MLS 3000Clinical Laboratory Mathematics
MLS 3001Professional Ethics for Medical Laboratory Scientists
MLS 3003Biochemistry for Laboratory Science
MLS 4141Immunology and Serology
MLS 4151Molecular Diagnostics
MLS 4251Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
MLS 4158Laboratory Management and Operations
MLS 4171Human Genetics
CERT 3004Endocrinology for Health Sciences
CERT 3005Topics in Biomedical Science
CERT 4010Clinical Human Embryology
CERT 4011Human Embryology Laboratory
CERT 4012Clinical Human Andrology
CERT 4013Human Andrology Laboratory
CERT 4014Human Reproductive Cryobiology
CERT 4015Human Cryobiology Laboratory
CERT 4016Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Laboratory
CERT 4017Clinical Experience in Embryology
CERT 4018Clinical Experience in Andrology
CERT 4019Clinical Experience in Cryobiology
CERT 4020Clinical Experience in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
3 credits in elective MLS or HSCI courses approved by the program director.

1. Up to 60 credits may be transferable from coursework taken elsewhere. Students should contact the program office for an assessment on the transferability of previous coursework. To be considered for transfer credit, coursework must be:

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

2 Students missing coursework in these areas may be considered for admission to the program if they have at least 45 college credits, and those credits include all other prerequisite courses. Students will need to complete missing coursework after admission to fulfill degree requirements.