What is it about?
The Medical Molecular Biology Advanced Certificate Program is a 100% online, 13-month program. It was designed to provide clinical laboratory scientists with a strong foundation in the different molecular aspects of medical molecular biology, including molecular diagnostics, flow cytometry and cytogenetics. The program provides the knowledge necessary to perform molecular-based techniques used not only in diagnostics, but also the research lab and the medical biotechnology industry. This includes proficiency in a broad array of techniques used in molecular diagnostics, basic principles behind each test, applications to the diagnosis of genetic diseases, cancer and infectious diseases, interpretation of results, advantages and limitations of each method, and type of specimen required for each test. This program also emphasizes the importance of biosafety and proper decontamination procedures, and quality control to ensure accurate data for proper patient diagnosis. Importantly, after completion of the program, participants are well prepared to take the exam for various certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), including Technologist in Molecular Biology MB(ASCP), Technologist in Cytogenetics CG(ASCP) and Specialist in Cytometry, SCYM(ASCP).
- The program includes a total of 12 credits, and utilizes 100% asynchronous on-line courses, enabling participants to complete the course requirements in the distance-learning format.
- The program is offered as a one-year prescribed part-time program during the summer, fall, and spring terms.
- Learning outcomes are consistent with those specified by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for Diagnostic Molecular Scientists.
- After completion of the program, students will be well prepared to take the exam for the certification of Technologist in Molecular Biology by the American Society for Clinical Pathology [MB(ASCP)].