Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    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


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

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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