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Online Programs at GW

Designed in partnership with influential healthcare organizations, the George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers online Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate Certificates, Master’s and Doctoral programs in leading fields such as clinical research and regulatory affairs, healthcare management, bioinformatics and medical laboratory sciences.

Doctoral Program

Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: 2.5 years
Residency requirements: No residency requirement
 

By building on your experience as an occupational therapist, our online Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) will prepare you to enhance the care you're providing while shape program outcomes for consumers of occupational therapy. You'll have the opportunity to specialize in leadership, scholarship, integrative medicine or education, and set yourself apart as you advance your career.
 

Our faculty-to-student ratio is among the lowest in the country, giving you access to career mentorship throughout your program. The flexibility in course assignments and electives allow you to personalize the program to meet your career goals.
 

During your plan of study you gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Use research methodologies to develop and improve OT practices and programs.
  • Apply empirical knowledge and the scientific method to address occupational performance issues.
  • Lead transdisciplinary teams in providing post-acute and chronic care across the lifespan.
  • Integrate scholarly activities with everyday practice.
  • Implement and contribute to evidence-based OT across the continuum of care.

Graduate Programs

MSHS in Biomedical Informatics

Total credit hours: 36
Total number of courses: 12
Program completion: As few as 18 months; average duration is 2 years
Residency requirements: Not required. Students may elect to participate in an internship experience in lieu of a research project.


The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Biomedical Informatics teaches you how to leverage data to solve complex clinical and public health issues. You'll learn to harness the power of analytics to support clinical decision-making, research, and patient engagement.

 

Upon completion, you'll be prepared to apply data science principles and design solutions to biomedical information problems to help hospitals and health care systems deliver the best possible care to all patients.

 

Common Careers

  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Health Information Consultant
  • Health Informatics Director
  • Health Care IT Project Manager
  • Informatics Nurse

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.

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 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

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

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)

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 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)

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

Dual BSHS / MSHS Programs

BSHS/MSHS in Clinical Research Administration

BSHS total credit hours: 120 undergraduate credits*
MSHS total credit hours: 27 graduate credits
 

BSHS total number of courses: 20 undergraduate courses**
MSHS total number of courses: 9 graduate courses


Program completion: 3-4 years
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

*Students may transfer up to 60 credits from a prior institution. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework.

 

**Not including any courses required to meet the general education or advanced standing requirement.

Accelerate your career with the George Washington University's dual-degree BSHS and MSHS in Clinical Research Administration program. Combine the work of earning your BSHS and MSHS and save time on your path to a career in health care. With the skills you'll gain in this online clinical research administration program, you'll be ready to participate in clinical trial conduct that protect patients through addressing ethical and legal considerations in product development and contribute to innovative medical research.

 

Common Careers

  • Drug Safety Manager
  • Senior Medical Writer
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Senior Clinical Research Associate

BSHS in Clinical Research Administration/MSHS in Regulatory Affairs

BSHS total credit hours: 120 undergraduate credits*
MSHS total credit hours: 27 graduate credits


BSHS total number of courses: 20 undergraduate courses**
MSHS total number of courses: 9 graduate courses


Program completion: 3-4 years
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

 

*Students may transfer up to 60 credits from a prior institution. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework.

**Not including any courses required to meet the general education or advanced standing requirement.

 

Our multi-level, dual-degree learning option provides you a seamless way to earn your BSHS in Clinical Research Administration and an MSHS in Regulatory Affairs through an accelerated format, allowing you to earn your BSHS and MSHS in less time by combining the work toward both degrees.

 

Common Careers

  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer

BSHS in MLS/MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

BSHS total credit hours: 120 undergraduate credits*
MSHS total credit hours: 26 graduate credits

 

BSHS total number of courses: 23 undergraduate courses**
MSHS total number of courses: 9 graduate courses

 

Program completion: 28 Months
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

 

*Students may transfer up to 60 credits from a prior institution. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework.
**Not including any courses required to meet the general education or advanced standing requirement.

 

  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Finish both degrees sequentially in as few as 28 months
  • The MSHS in MDS is normally a 35 credit hour program. However, students take nine graduate-level credits while completing the BSHS portion of the program and at the undergraduate credit hour rate
  • Prepare to sit for both the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and Molecular Biology (MB) board certification exams 

 

Common Careers

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

Undergraduate Programs

BSHS in Biomedical Informatics

Total number of courses: 20

Program completion: As few as 18 months; average duration is 2 years

Residency requirements: Not required. Students may elect to participate in an internship experience in lieu of a research project.


*Students may transfer up to 60 college credit hours. Students must earn at least 60 college credit hours at GW to meet the academic residency requirement.

 

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Biomedical Informatics is a first-of-its-kind program designed for students who have completed some previous college coursework and are looking to explore the field of health information systems.

 

Upon completion, you'll be prepared with the data science, programming, and analytical skills to create and implement solutions to complex biomedical information issues in hospitals and health care systems.

 

Common Careers

  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Informatics Nurse
  • Implementation Consultant

BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

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.

 

Common Careers

  • Clinical Operations Associate
  • Clinical Consultant
  • Clinical Quality Specialist
  • Operations Manager/Specialist

BSHS in Clinical Research Administration

Total credit hours: 120*
Total number of courses: 20**
Program completion: 2 years depending on transferable credits
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

 

*Students may transfer up to 60 credits from a prior institution. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework.

 

**Not including any courses required to meet the general education or advanced standing requirement.

 

Make a lasting impact on health care with a Bachelor's of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Clinical Research Administration from the George Washington University. Participate in clinical trial conduct to ensure new therapeutics, innovative devices, and novel treatments follow regulations and guidance — protecting patients and contributing to the rapidly growing field of health care innovation.

 

Common Careers

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Clinical Trial Manager

BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response

Total credit hours: 120*
Total number of courses: 20**
Program completion: 2 years depending on transferable credits
Residency requirements: No on-campus residency or practicum

 

*Students may transfer up to 60 credits from a prior institution. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework.

 

**Not including any courses required to meet the general education or advanced standing requirement.

 

GW’s online BSHS in Global Leadership in Disaster Response program was originally developed to recognize the work of special operations medics in the U.S. military. If you're a recent military professional, this program can provide a seamless transition from the field to a career in emergency management and equip you to lead in the most challenging of situations, mitigating the impacts of disasters for all stakeholders.

 

Common Careers

  • Emergency Management Director
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Specialist
  • Director of Business Continuity & Emergency Management
  • Emergency Preparedness Manager
  • Emergency Management Specialist

BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Total credit hours: 120*
Total number of courses: 18
Program completion: 28 months
Residency requirement: Students are required to complete a clinical rotation in their geographic location.


*This program requires a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 68 transfer credits from a regionally accredited university combined with 60 credits of GW coursework.


The George Washington University's (GW) online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Science is perfect for students motivated to jump into a highly satisfying and valued career. This NAACLS-accredited program provides you with the knowledge and hands-on skills to become board-certified in laboratory science and make a positive, direct impact on medical care. This BSHS program explores the latest biomedical instruments and molecular techniques that will help you face the challenges of finding and understanding causes of disease.


Common Careers

  • Medical technologist
  • Medical laboratory science generalist
  • Medical lab scientist
  • Lab scientist

Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare

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.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research

Total credit hours: 21
Total number of courses: 7
Program completion: 2 years

 

The online 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.

 

Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students have the opportunity to transfer all 21 credits into the MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research program.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Administration

Total credit hours: 18
Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 2 years

 

The online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Administration will prepare students to be strategic leaders who drive success for their health care and research organizations. 

 

Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students have the opportunity to transfer all 18 credits into the MSHS in Clinical Research Administration program. 

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Practice

Total credit hours: 18
Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 2 years

 

The online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Practice capitalizes on the foundational courses of clinical research, health informatics, epidemiology, and biostatistics to prepare the graduate with the knowledge and skills to conduct clinical research in collaboration with sponsored research programs.

Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration

Total credit hours: 15
Total number of courses: 5
Program completion: 1 year

 

The online Graduate Certificate in Correctional Health Administration will help you develop a solid foundation and the critical training required for a career in correctional health care administration. Earn your certificate with confidence knowing that you'll be prepared to manage a health care delivery system that is effective and financially sustainable while meeting the needs of incarcerated patients.

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

Total credit hours: 18
Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 2 years

 

The online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality was created in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and is built on an interdisciplinary, practice-based curriculum, developed to prepare students for leadership roles in quality-based healthcare.

 

The certificate program is ideal for working professionals who are either just entering the field of healthcare or who wish to increase their knowledge and skills to advance to a leadership position. Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students have the opportunity to transfer all 18 credits into the MSHS in Health Care Quality program.

Graduate Certificate in Health Services and Outcome Research

Total credit hours: 18
Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 1.5 years

 

The online Graduate Certificate in Health Services and Outcome Research is designed to help you develop the much needed and less emphasized skills in research design and methods, including the foundations of cost-benefit analysis (CBA), decision analytics and advanced quantitative methods.

Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs

Total credit hours: 18
Total number of courses: 6
Program completion: 2 years

 

The online Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs program was developed in collaboration with regulatory affairs professionals in governmental agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH). This program integrates global regulatory strategy across the curriculum to equip graduates as business leaders in regulatory strategy locally and abroad. Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students have the opportunity to transfer all 18 credits into the MSHS in Regulatory Affairs program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Medical Laboratory Sciences

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers the following Post-Baccalaureate programs in Medical Laboratory Sciences:


Blood Banking Certificate

  • 100% online coursework, no visits to campus required
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Blood Banking (BB) exam*
  • The certificate consists of 16 credit hours and can be completed in 1 year


Chemistry Certificate

  • 100% online coursework, no visits to campus required
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Chemistry (C) exam*
  • The certificate consists of 19 credit hours and can be completed in 1 year


Hematology Certificate

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required
  • The program requires 18 total credits and can be finished in 12 months
  • Qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Hematology (H) exam*
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)


Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Qualify to sit for the ASCP Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) exam in as few as 20 months*


Microbiology Certificate

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Qualify to sit for the ASCP Technologist in Molecular Biology (MB) exam in as few as 12 months*


* While the completion of this program will make graduates eligible to register for an ASCP Board of Certification Exam, this does not automatically guarantee a graduate will also meet their state's requirements for state licensure (if applicable). Since each state may have different requirements for licensure, each student is encouraged to contact their states regulating agency and review these requirements prior to beginning any degree program.


The post-baccalaureate certificate programs provide eligibility for the national board of certification examinations under the auspices of a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredited MLS program.

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