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Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics Certificate

Program Details

The certificate program at Michigan State University in Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics is designed for working medical laboratory professionals, or individuals working in veterinary, forensic, pharmaceutical, or industrial labs. For those who are looking to complete certification in molecular biology from the ASCP Board of Certification, these courses are not a prerequisite or requirement for this exam. However, the information given in these courses will give base preparation to students for national credentialing exams.

There are two courses required to complete this program: Concepts in Molecular Biology (BLD 830), Clinical Applications of Molecular Biology (BLD 831), and a laboratory course; Molecular Pathology Laboratory (BLD 832). In BLD 830, students will explore molecular biology and how the elements involved in this subject can be applied to the clinical laboratory. In order to participate in BLD 830, students must have completed undergraduate courses in biochemistry and biology. BLD 831 discusses application of molecular techniques within different orders. The lab portion of this course is taught on-campus and will last a full week. This experience will allow students to work in a molecular lab while practicing their learned material.

The courses are split into 15 modules each. The instructor for this course estimates students can complete each module within 4-6 hours. Students will participate in online discussions, chat rooms, and online quizzes to display their knowledge of academic material. In order to earn this certificate, the two courses plus the laboratory requirements must be completed.


Students must have completed undergraduate courses in both biochemistry and biology.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools