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Program Overview

This program is designed for working medical laboratory professionals in need of updating their skills and knowledge to meet the demands of modern molecular biology applications in various clinical laboratory settings. Individuals working in veterinary, forensic, industrial, and pharmaceutical laboratories will also find the content pertinent to their career goals. This program is taught by expert faculty in the field of molecular diagnostics. This three-course program provides comprehensive instruction in application and practice in molecular diagnostics. Coursework includes:

BLD 830 - Concepts in Molecular Biology (2 Credits)provides exposure to techniques and theories of molecular biology including: nucleic acid synthesis and isolation, enzymatic digestion and modification, electrophoresis, hybridization and amplification, as well as clinical laboratory practice ethics.
BLD 831 - Clinical Application of Molecular Biology (2 Credits)course covers molecular diagnostic principles, including diagnostic outcomes in both traditional and non-traditional laboratories.
BLD 832 - Molecular Pathology Laboratory (2 Credits)is a one-week intensive laboratory course that is offered during the summer semester here on the campus of Michigan State University. This hands-on laboratory course will give students the experience of working in a molecular laboratory through assay set up, quality control assessment and interpretation. Alternatively, a student may arrange to complete the course activities at a local lab.

Program Outcomes

Students can use the coursework from this program to prepare for the national credentialing exam in molecular biology, MB(ASCP). Please note that our courses do not directly provide eligibility for national credentialing exams. For details on credentialing, please see: or contact the BLD program to see if our program advisors can provide course plans that align with your credentialing goals.

Career Outlook

Students that complete this certificate program have a better understanding of molecular diagnostics assays, techniques and troubleshooting. This skillset is in high demand in clinical laboratories and can provide a foundation for job opportunities in various areas of the clinical laboratory.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. Completed coursework

    Biochemistry coursework.

  3. Previous work experience


  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

    Participants must have a Bachelor of Science degree, including biochemistry coursework. To enroll, students must complete an online web application for "LIFELONG" admission through There is no cost associated with this type of application. Be sure to include the course number (e.g. BLD 830) on the last page of your application. After submitting your application, it will take 24-48 business hours for processing.

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    Key Dates

    Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

    Tuition & Fees

    In State Tuition

    • $4,715
    • Total

    Out of State Tuition

    • $6,042
    • Total


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