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Molecular Diagnostics

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Health Professions

Why Choose Molecular Diagnostics?

The field of laboratory medicine is advancing towards the use of molecular techniques and molecular diagnostics for the detection of leukemia, genetic disorders, pre-implantation screening, infectious disease and cancer. With the introduction of personalized medicine which allows an individual to have a panel of genetic tests performed to determine predisposition to disease there will be a rise in genetic testing. Molecular diagnostics can also aid in the decision about therapy to be used for genetic disorders.

Genetic companies are demanding certified, professionally educated, technically competent individuals to work in this growing facet of laboratory medicine. There is a demand nationally in hospitals, reference laboratories, private genetic laboratories and pharmaceutical industries.

The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus with internships in various laboratories to prepare graduates.

The program is seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences in accordance with their regulations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be able to work in hospital, reference, public health, genetic and pharmaceutical laboratories. They may also work for regulatory agencies or as field technicians. Graduates will be able to apply for molecular biology certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the university. To be qualified to apply to the Molecular Diagnostics Program, a student must have earned a grade of "C" or higher in BIOL 122, BIOL 205, BIOL 286, CHEM 214, CHEM 324, MATH 115 and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

In order to fulfill graduation requirements, students must have completed all BIOL, CHEM, CLLS, COHP, and DMOL courses with a grade of "C" or higher and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

More Information

College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
Phone: 231-591-2270

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Molecular Diagnostics Requirements - 124 Credits Required

Core Curriculum for Health Professions - 8 Credits Required
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
The U.S. Health Care System
3
Safety Issues in Health Care
1
Statistics in Health Care
3
Professional Support Courses - 7 Credits Required
Hemostasis
1
Hematology
2
Virology-Mycology-Parasitology
2
Intro Clinical Immunology
2
Biology and Chemistry Courses - 39 Credits Required
Intro to General Chemistry
4
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4
Fund of Biochemistry
3
General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Human Anatomy-Physiology
5
Pathophysiology
3
Cell Biology
3
Principles of Genetics
3
Bioinformatics
3
Choose One:
Medical Microbiology
3
or
General Microbiology
3
Molecular Diagnostics Courses - 37 Credits Required
Molecular Diagnostics Orient.
1
Lab Tech Molecular Diagnostics
2
Adv Lab Tech Mole Diagnostics
2
Clinical Flow Cytometry
3
Clinical Flow Cytomerty Lab
2
Techniques in Microbiology
2
Principles of Molecular Diagos
2
Prin of Molecular Diag Lab
2
Molecular Diag of Infect Dis
2
Molec Diag of Infect Dis Lab
1
Molecular Hemtatology/Oncology
2
Molec Hematology/Oncology Lab
1
Molecular Genetics
2
Molecular Genetics Lab
1
Molec Foren/Ident Bsd Tstng
2
Mol Frnsc/Ident Bsd Tstng Lab
1
Mgmt and Reg in Molec Diag
2
Molecular Diagnostics Intnshp
6
Molecular Diagnostics Sem
1

University General Education

Communication Competence - 12 Credits Required

English 1
3
Choose One:
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
or
Small Group Decision Making
3
Choose One:
English 2
3
or
Industrial and Career Writing
3
Choose One:
Advanced Technical Writing
3
Advanced Composition
3
Proposal Writing
3
Advanced Business Writing
3
Scientific Understanding -7/8 Credits Required 
Met within Major 
Quantitative Skills - 6 Credits Required
Intermediate Algebra
3
OR 
ACT Math sub-score of 24
Social Awareness - 9 Credits Required 
Choosed Three course, in at least two different subject areas.
One must be a Foundations Course
One must be 200-level or higher 
Cultural Enrichment -9 Credits Required 
Choose three courses
No more than 5 credit hours in cultural enrichment activities courses may apply to this requirement. 
Choose one:
Ethics in Health Care
3
or
Biomedical Ethics
3