Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
The George Washington University

Program Details

Take seven courses to gain experience working with DNA, RNA, protein and lipids to detect, diagnose and monitor disease and select therapies.

Learn clinical laboratory techniques to identify biomarkers at nucleic-acid levels in multiple areas of medicine, including genetic disorders, infectious diseases, cancer, pharmacogenetics and identity testing.

According to Payscale, medical technologists with molecular biology skills earn $43,364–$71,695 a year. You'll prepare to work as a technologist in settings such as:

  • Diagnostic molecular laboratory
  • Public health laboratory
  • Research institution
  • Law enforcement agency
  • Molecular section of hospital laboratories
  • Reference laboratory
  • Biotechnology firm
  • Pharmaceutical company

You'll complete this GW program with a variety of skills:

  • Utilize molecular-based testing in the lab and clinical decisions for patient or client outcomes
  • Implement preventive and corrective maintenance programs for equipment and assays
  • Troubleshoot and evaluate actions for problem resolution
  • Analyze molecular data and patient results to determine test validity and quality
  • Apply ethical decision-making

This program is NAACLS accredited and qualifies you to take the ASCP (MB) Molecular Biology Board of Certification exam.

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Program Accreditation & Licensing

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Students who live outside of the Washington DC Metro Area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission.