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 EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA2.5 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent
- Students who live outside of the Washington DC Metro Area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission.