Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Medical Laboratory Science

Online or hybrid online/on campus

Medical laboratory science 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 offered in two formats: online or a hybrid of online and on-campus study. Both program formats also are offered as a second bachelor’s degree.

BSHS in Medical Laboratory Science—Fully Online. The online BSHS in MLS is for students who have successfully completed a medical laboratory technician (MLT) program and currently are board certified MLTs. 

BSHS in Medical Laboratory Science—Hybrid. The hybrid 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.

Second bachelor’s degree program

The BSHS in MLS program is offered in both formats as a second bachelor’s degree to students who already hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with the required prerequisite and general education coursework. For the online program, students also must have completed a medical laboratory technician (MLT) program and currently be board certified MLTs.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Visit the program website for additional information.

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.

Completion of the following prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or above:
3 credits of English composition
8 credits of biology with lab 1,3
8 credits of general or inorganic chemistry with lab 1,3
4 credits of microbiology with lab 1,3
3 credits of organic chemistry or biochemistry 1
3 credits of college math (algebra, statistics, or higher)
3 credits of humanities
6 credits of social sciences
A minimum of 22 credits in elective coursework. Elective coursework should include courses in pathophysiology or anatomy and physiology, ethics or values, and global/cross-cultural perspectives. 2
Required for the major
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
MLS 4116Clinical Bacteriology I
MLS 4117Clinical Bacteriology II
MLS 4119Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology
MLS 4130Hematology I
MLS 4131Hematology II
MLS 4141Immunology and Serology
MLS 4145Clinical Biochemistry I
MLS 4146Clinical Biochemistry II
MLS 4150Immunohematology
MLS 4151Molecular Diagnostics
MLS 4158Laboratory Management and Operations
MLS 4159Capstone Seminar
Additional requirements for the fully online BSHS program
MLS 3000Clinical Laboratory Mathematics
MLS 3001Professional Ethics for Medical Laboratory Scientists
MLS 4136Clinical Experience I
MLS 4137Clinical Experience II
MLS 4138Clinical Experience III
MLS 4139Clinical Experience IV
8 Credits of Electives selected with advisor approval
Additional requirements for the hybrid BSHS program
MLS 4160Blood Bank Practicum
MLS 4161Clinical Biochemistry Practicum
MLS 4162Hematology Practicum
MLS 4164Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLS 4165Urinalysis Practicum
MLS 4166Coagulation Practicum
MLS 4216Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory
MLS 4219Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology Laboratory
MLS 4230Hematology Laboratory
MLS 4246Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory
MLS 4250Immunohematology Laboratory
MLS 4251Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

1 Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) may receive transfer credit for biological sciences, general microbiology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry/biochemistry courses.

2 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).

3 Hands-on lab required. Online lab not acceptable.

The BSHS in MLS program is offered as a second bachelor’s degree to students who already hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with the required prerequisite and general education coursework.

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.

Completion of the following prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or above:
3 credits of English composition
8 credits of biology with lab 1,3
8 credits of general or inorganic chemistry with lab 1,3
4 credits of microbiology with lab 1,3
3 credits of organic chemistry or biochemistry 1
3 credits of college math (algebra, statistics, or higher)
3 credits of humanities
6 credits of social sciences
A minimum of 22 credits in elective coursework. Elective coursework should include courses in pathophysiology or anatomy and physiology, ethics or values, and global/cross-cultural perspectives. 2
Required for the major
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
MLS 4116Clinical Bacteriology I
MLS 4117Clinical Bacteriology II
MLS 4119Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology
MLS 4130Hematology I
MLS 4131Hematology II
MLS 4141Immunology and Serology
MLS 4145Clinical Biochemistry I
MLS 4146Clinical Biochemistry II
MLS 4150Immunohematology
MLS 4151Molecular Diagnostics
MLS 4158Laboratory Management and Operations
MLS 4159Capstone Seminar
Additional requirements for the fully online BSHS program
MLS 3000Clinical Laboratory Mathematics
MLS 3001Professional Ethics for Medical Laboratory Scientists
MLS 4136Clinical Experience I
MLS 4137Clinical Experience II
MLS 4138Clinical Experience III
MLS 4139Clinical Experience IV
8 Credits of Electives selected with advisor approval
Additional requirements for the hybrid BSHS program
MLS 4160Blood Bank Practicum
MLS 4161Clinical Biochemistry Practicum
MLS 4162Hematology Practicum
MLS 4164Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLS 4165Urinalysis Practicum
MLS 4166Coagulation Practicum
MLS 4216Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory
MLS 4219Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology Laboratory
MLS 4230Hematology Laboratory
MLS 4246Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory
MLS 4250Immunohematology Laboratory
MLS 4251Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

1 Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) may receive transfer credit for biological sciences, general microbiology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry/biochemistry courses.

2 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).

3 Hands-on lab required. Online lab not acceptable.