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Online Healthcare Graduate Programs

Explore innovative educational techniques, taught by nationally recognized faculty members.

Designed in partnership with influential healthcare organizations, the George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers online graduate programs in leading fields such as clinical research and regulatory affairs, healthcare management and medical laboratory sciences.

Clinical Research & Regulatory Affairs

MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2 years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

As a leader in providing academic programs for the clinical research profession for over a decade, GW offers the online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical and Translational Research.

Students in the Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) in Clinical & Translational Research Program will successfully complete 36 credit hours of coursework in the field of CTR, health care research courses, and courses selected with the objective of broadening the candidate’s translational research capabilities.

Career Information: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment in this field is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Graduate Certificate Option

The graduate certificate in Clinical and Translational Research has been designed to meet the professional development needs of researchers who cannot make the time commitment needed to fulfill the requirements of the full master's degree program. All courses from the graduate certificate are transferable into the MSHS program.

MSHS in Clinical Research Administration

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2 years
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

Designed for working clinical research professionals or those in a related field, the MSHS in Clinical Research Administration online program expands your knowledge of drug development, clinical trial conduct, monitoring, and the business, ethical and legal perspectives of the clinical research industry. GW’s Clinical Research MS program prepares you to lead the business and science of clinical research with your own leadership style.

Career Information: Below is a list of jobs and the associated annual salaries that graduates of this program may qualify for.

  • Clinical research directors — $234,002
  • Data managers — $120,856
  • Senior-level medical writers — $88,562

Graduate Certificate Option

The Clinical Research Administration graduate certificate option allows you to gain targeted managerial skills expediently. Choose the courses you want — and the career advancement you desire is fast to follow.

MSHS in Regulatory Affairs

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2 years
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

The regulatory affairs master’s curriculum focuses on regulatory strategy, guidance and regulatory compliance, legal and ethical issues, processes for product development and the business and political components of regulation in clinical research, all while reinforcing the science behind the methods. The regulatory affairs master of science online program prepares you to manage the key elements of the regulatory process in various industries, governmental agencies and consultancies worldwide.


Career Information: Annual earning potential for regulatory professionals ranges from $80,000-300,000 (manager level, $80,000-120,000; directors, $140,000-170,000; vice presidents, $300,000)

 

— Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society’s Scope of Practice & Compensation survey (2014)

Graduate Certificate Option

The Regulatory Affairs graduate certificate option will enhance your professional position. You will quickly gain the ability to play a pivotal role in the development, approval and delivery of key medical advancements.

Clinical Operations & Healthcare Management

MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 11
Program completion: 2 years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

The MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management focuses on the skills necessary to manage and lead across the dynamic continuum of health-service delivery. This program prepares students to sit for their Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, provides mentorship with leaders in the field of healthcare operations, and offers practicum experiences.

Career Information: Graduates of this degree program may qualify for the following career opportunities:

  • Director of Clinical Operations
  • Clinical Manager
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Vice President of Operations

Graduate Certificate Option

Total credit hours: 18
Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 18 months - 2 years, depending on the number of courses taken per semester
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency

The online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management provides the foundational knowledge and tools to lead projects and operations within the complex world of healthcare delivery. Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students have the opportunity to transfer all 18 credits into the MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program.

MSHS in Health Care Quality

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2 years
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

The health care quality master’s program prepares you to lead the design, development, implementation and evaluation of healthcare quality and patient safety initiatives. With a health care quality MSHS, you will gain the skills and knowledge needed for success in quality and patient-safety leadership, as well as management and research positions within healthcare organizations or policy agencies.


Career Information: Employment of healthcare quality professionals is projected to grow 23 percent, earning $88,000 annually.

 

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012 to 2022)

Graduate Certificate Option

The Health Care Quality graduate certificate option will strengthen your career prospects. You will rapidly develop the skills to shape and lead the application of quality standards to improve patient safety in healthcare.

Medical Laboratory Sciences

MSHS in Clinical Microbiology

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 13
Program completion: 2 years (part-time)
Residency requirement: Students are required to complete a 4-week clinical rotation in their geographic location.

The MSHS in Clinical Microbiology program is ideal for individuals who are interested in becoming board certified in Microbiology and is one of a few graduate degrees in the country that provides clinical microbiology and laboratory science coursework with a hands-on microbiology practicum. Program curriculum provides eligibility for national certification examinations such as the ASCP Board of Certification Exam — a gold standard in global certification for medical laboratory professionals.

Upon completion of this degree, students can build their career in a variety of settings, including diagnostic microbiology laboratories, research institutions, public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or governmental agencies.

Career Information: Graduates of this degree program may qualify for the following career opportunities.

  • Clinical Laboratory Supervisor
  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Microbiology Technologist
  • MLT/MLS Instructor
  • Public Health Microbiologist

MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology

Total credit hours: 35
Total number of courses: 13
Program completion: 2 years (part-time)
Residency requirement: No on-campus residency

The MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program is for individuals who are looking to advance to management or leadership positions within the blood banking or transfusion medicine fields. Applicants to the non-clinical online program should hold national certification as a Medical Technologist (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Blood Banking Technologist/ Specialist.

In GW’s cutting-edge program, students will learn to integrate methods of molecular biology and biotechnologies into transfusion medicine, along with acquiring theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Graduates of the MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program will be prepared to advance to senior or leadership positions in blood banking laboratories, blood centers, donor centers, and transfusion medicine research.

Career Information:

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
  • Blood Banking Laboratory Supervisor/Manager
  • Blood Bank Laboratory Manager
  • Transfusion Medicine or Molecular Biology Scientist

MSHS in Laboratory Medicine

Total credit hours: 52
Total number of courses: 21
Program completion: 2 years (part-time)
Residency requirement: Students are required to complete 6 practicum courses in their geographic location.

The MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program is designed to prepare individuals for a career as a medical laboratory scientist and to sit for the national Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) certification exam.

Upon completion, students will have learned the skills to evaluate research and new technologies to understand their relevance in the field, investigate research questions critical to clinical lab practice, and develop problem-solving skills necessary to lead and respond to future changes in laboratory science.

Career Information:

  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Laboratory Supervisor
  • MLT/MLS Education position
  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate

MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2 years (part-time)
Residency requirement: No on-campus residency

The MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is a non-clinical online program ideal for students who hold national certification as an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist or subject technologist.

Guided by faculty who are actively practicing in the field, students will develop strategic leadership skills and build an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a business unit. Students will learn how to analyze, evaluate, and effectively communicate research data and will be able to apply empirical knowledge to resolve laboratory and health sciences issues.

Career Information:

  • Medical Laboratory Supervisor
  • MLT/MLS Teaching positions
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientist/Supervisor
  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate

MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

Total credit hours: 35
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2 years (part-time)
Residency requirement: Students are required to complete a clinical laboratory rotation in their geographic location.

The MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences program is designed for individuals who hold national certification or wish to become certified in Molecular Biology.

GW’s online MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences is one of the few programs that provides students with both traditional coursework in molecular biology and biotechnology, as well as the hands-on clinical rotation experience required to prepare for ASCP Board Certification in Molecular Biology.

Upon completion, graduates will be ready to pursue board certification in Molecular Biology and begin an exciting career in a diagnostic molecular laboratory, research institution, public health laboratory, biotechnology firm, pharmaceutical company, or government agency.

Career Information:

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
  • Molecular Laboratory Scientist
  • MLT/MLS Teaching positions
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientist

MSHS in Translational Microbiology

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 13
Program completion: 2 years (part-time)
Residency requirement: No on-campus residency or coursework

The online MSHS in Translational Microbiology is a non-clinical program ideal for individuals who hold national certification (CLS/MLS/MT, Microbiology) or do not wish to become certified.

In this comprehensive program, students will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills regarding the pathogenic mechanisms of infectious agents, research methodologies, and healthcare leadership.

Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to lead research in hospital labs or biotechnology companies or rise to management or supervisory positions in diverse laboratory settings.

Career Information:

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
  • Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor/Manager
  • MLT/MLS teaching position
  • Microbiology Laboratory Scientist

Pursue a greater degree of distinction with innovative educational techniques, taught by nationally recognized practitioners in the health and biomedical sciences field.

The Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degrees and the graduate certificates can be completed in two years. Complete the form to the right to request more information about GW’s online Health Sciences programs.

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