Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory sciences combines medicine, basic sciences, and clinical sciences. Professionals in the field investigate and determine the causes of disease, using the latest biomedical instruments and molecular techniques to perform both routine and complex testing. The bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) with a major in medical laboratory science (MLS) is a degree completion program that is offered in two formats: distance learning or a hybrid of distance learning and on-campus study:
BSHS. in Medical Laboratory Science—Fully Online: Offered entirely via distance learning, the BSHS. in MLS is for students who have successfully completed a medical laboratory technician (MLS) program and are currently certified MLTs.
- BSHS in Medical Laboratory Science—Blended: The blended BSHS. in MLS is for students who have completed 60 credits towards an associate’s degree or who have earned an associate’s degree along with the required prerequisite science and general education courses.
This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, including a minimum of 60 credits in required courses completed at GW and up to 60 transfer credits in courses taken elsewhere. Eligible students admitted through approved SMHS Guaranteed Admission Agreements partnerships must complete a minimum of 52 required credits at GW; eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
|60 credits of general education and advanced standing, including:|
|3 credits in English composition|
|8 credits in biology with lab*^|
|8 credits general or inorganic chemistry with lab*^|
|4 credits in microbiology with lab*^|
|3 credits in organic chemistry or biochemistry*|
|3 credits in college mathematics (college algebra, statistics or higher)|
|3 credits in humanities|
|6 credits in social sciences|
|22 credits of advanced standing**|
|Requirements for the major|
|HSCI 2112W||Writing in the Health Sciences|
|HSCI 4112W||Research and Writing in Health Sciences|
|MLS 4115||Parasitology and Mycology|
|MLS 4123||Clinical Microbiology I|
|MLS 4124||Clinical Microbiology II|
|MLS 4128||Hematology I|
|MLS 4129||Hematology II|
|MLS 4141||Immunology and Serology|
|MLS 4145||Clinical Biochemistry I|
|MLS 4146||Clinical Biochemistry II|
|MLS 4158||Laboratory Management and Operations|
|MLS 4151||Molecular Diagnostics|
|MLS 4159||Capstone Seminar|
|Additional requirements for students in the fully online B.S.H.S. program|
|HSCI 2105||Current Issues in Bioethics|
|MLS 4136||Clinical Experience I|
|MLS 4137||Clinical Experience II|
|MLS 4138||Clinical Experience III|
|MLS 4139||Clinical Experience IV|
|One of the following:|
|HSCI 2101||Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness|
|HSCI 2107||Health Care in Literature|
|HSCI 4106||Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences|
|Additional requirements for students in the hybrid B.S.H.S. program|
|MLS 4160||Blood Bank Practicum|
|MLS 4161||Clinical Biochemistry Practicum|
|MLS 4162||Hematology Practicum|
|MLS 4164||Clinical Microbiology Practicum|
|MLS 4165||Urinalysis Practicum|
|MLS 4166||Coagulation Practicum|
|9 credits from the following:|
|MLS 4214||Clinical Microbiology I Laboratory|
|MLS 4215||Clinical Parasitology and Mycology Laboratory|
|MLS 4224||Clinical Microbiology II Laboratory|
|MLS 4228||Hematology I Laboratory|
|MLS 4229||Hematology II Laboratory|
|MLS 4250||Immunohematology Laboratory|
|MLS 4251||Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory|
|MLS 4245||Clinical Biochemistry I Laboratory|
|MLS 4255||Clinical Biochemistry II Laboratory|
*Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) may receive transfer credit for biological sciences, general microbiology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry/biochemistry courses.
**Additional academic coursework. Non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. military coursework, credit-by-exam, and non-college based health programs). Students should have previous coursework in ethics and cultural or global perspectives.
^Hands-on lab required. Online lab not acceptable.