Earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Online

Earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Online

Accredited Online Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Program

MS in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics | Program Highlights

Northern Michigan University offers an MS in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics online so busy professionals like you can earn a high-quality credential that will boost your career. With support from application to graduation, you’ll be able to complete your advanced degree, even while you continue in your current role as a laboratory science professional.

Flexible, Rigorous Online Curriculum

Hands-on, Clinical Focus

Choose from Thesis or Capstone

Little as 2 years

Learn More about NMU’s Master in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics

What will you learn in NMU’s clinical molecular diagnostics graduate program?

As a student in the clinical molecular diagnostics master’s degree program at Northern Michigan University, you’ll learn advanced laboratory skills that will allow you to move forward in your career even as you apply them to your current position. Some skills vary by chosen concentration – Human Genetics, Infectious Disease or Laboratory Education.

  • Research
  • Diagnostic Techniques
  • Method Verification and Validation

  • Molecular Identification
  • Clinical App of Genomic Medicine

How much does an online master’s degree in clinical molecular diagnostics cost at NMU?

The full program cost is approximately $20,000. Financial aid may be available in the form of grants and loans, based on eligibility. A financial aid representative can help you make decisions about paying for college. Contact: (906) 277-2327 or fao@nmu.edu.

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Careers

Graduates of the Master of Science in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics have the knowledge and skills they need to take their career to the next level in a growing field. Most clinical molecular scientists are employed in laboratories for hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations and forensic settings.

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Online MS in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to comply with the regular admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, which includes an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. In addition, students must have a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science or related science. Applicant transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Applicants should also have:

  • Coursework in genetics, hematology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, chemistry, and statistics.
  • Laboratory experience. This can be met by documented clinical laboratory experience or 16 credits of coursework accompanied by a lab. Students may be admitted with alternate backgrounds if coursework is met in a defined period of time.
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or professional references. Letters should address the applicant’s academic and professional abilities and preparation for graduate study.
  • A statement of intent must be included which describes the applicant’s laboratory skills and experiences, and reasons for pursuing graduate education.

Note: In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, additional factors, including clinical laboratory experience/molecular laboratory experience or performance in the last 60 hours of course work, may be weighted more heavily in the assessment for admissions.

Master of Science in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Curriculum

Within the chosen concentration, students choose between two non-thesis options or a thesis option. A total of 4 credits of CLS 580 (Project) or CLS 590 (Capstone) or CLS 599 (Thesis) are required for the degree.

Semester 1 (Fall) – 6 Credits
CLS 520Principle of Clinical Molecular Genetics3 credits
CLS 563Research Design and Methods3 credits
Semester 2 (Winter) – 8 Credits
AIS 535Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Grad Research2 credits
CLS 526Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques3 credits
CLS 536Clinical Genetics3 credits
Semester 3 (Spring/Summer) – 5-6 Credits
CLS 516*Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (Thesis Only)1 credits
CLS 538Molecular Identification of Somatic Mutations in Cancer3 credits
CLS 543Molecular Diagnostic in identity Testing2 credits
Semester 4 (Fall) – 7 Credits
CLS 541Clinical App of Genomic Medicine3 credits
CLS 570Method Verification and Validation4 credits
Semester 5 (Winter) – 7 Credits
CLS 560Biomedical Lab Operations3 credits
CLS 580Project in Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)4 credits
OR 590OR Capstone in Clinical Applications of Genetic & Genomic Technologies (1-4 cr)
OR 599OR Thesis in Clinical Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 33-34

*CLS 516 is a 1-week on-campus laboratory course. It is required for students who plan to perform a campus- based laboratory research and thesis.

Within the chosen concentration, students choose between two non-thesis options or a thesis option. A total of 4 credits of CLS 580 (Project) or CLS 590 (Capstone) or CLS 599 (Thesis) are required for the degree.

Infectious Disease Concentration – Project or Capstone or Thesis Option
Semester 1 (Fall) – 6 Credits
CLS 520Principle of Clinical Molecular Genetics3 credits
CLS 563Research Design and Methods3 credits
Semester 2 (Winter) – 8 Credits
AIS 535Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Grad Research2 credits
CLS 526Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques3 credits
CLS 545Molecular Identification of Viral and Fungal Pathogens3 credits
Semester 3 (Spring/Summer) – 5-6 Credits
CLS 516*Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (Thesis Only)1 credits
CLS 543Molecular Diagnostic in identity Testing2 credits
CLS 544Molecular Identification of Bacterial Pathogens3 credits
Semester 4 (Fall) – 7 Credits
CLS 541Clinical App of Genomic Medicine3 credits
CLS 570Method Verification and Validation4 credits
Semester 5 (Winter) – 7 Credits
CLS 560Biomedical Lab Operations3 credits
CLS 580Project in Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)4 credits
OR 590OR Capstone in Clinical Applications of Genetic & Genomic Technologies (1-4 cr)
OR 599OR Thesis in Clinical Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 33-34

*CLS 516 is a 1-week on-campus laboratory course. It is required for students who plan to perform a campus-based laboratory research and thesis.

Semester 1 (Fall) – 3 Credits
CLS 520Principle of Clinical Molecular Genetics3 credits
Semester 2 (Winter) – 8 Credits
CLS 526Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques3 credits
CLS 536Clinical Genetics3 credits
ED 505Measurement and Evaluation2 credits
Semester 3 (Spring/Summer) – 5 Credits
ED 504Psychology of Evaluation2 credits
CLS 544Molecular Identification of Bacterial Pathogens3 credits
Semester 4 (Fall) – 7 Credits
CLS 541Clinical App of Genomic Medicine3 credits
CLS 570Method Verification and Validation4 credits
Semester 5 (Winter) – 7-10 Credits
CLS 560Biomedical Lab Operations3 credits
CLS 522Curriculum Development3 credits
CLS 580Project in Clinical Molecular Genetics1-4 credits
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 33
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