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CLS Concentration: Diagnostic Genetics
Cytogenetics or Molecular Diagnostics Practicum

Students in this concentration may earn CLT certification and then proceed to become certified in cytogenetics CLSp(CG), or molecular diagnostics CLSp(MB). Cytogenetics focuses on the identification of abnormalities of chromosomes or regions of DNA associated with pathology and disease. Molecular diagnostics is a laboratory field which focuses on gene mutations and polymorphisms that contribute to disease states. The main difference between the two is that cytogenetics is chromosome based (microscopy techniques) whereas molecular diagnostics is PCR/molecular-based (primarily gel-techniques). Both fields are growing rapidly due to ongoing discoveries of genes associated with disease. Students participate in two clinical practicum experiences – one at the sophomore level and another at the senior level. The senior practicum is conducted at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


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Total Credits Required for Degree 131*
Courses Required for Concentration 62
Concentration Core Courses 28
     CLS 391 Laboratory Experience (1-3 cr.)

Choose Cytogenetics Practicum or Molecular Biology Practicum 
    Cytogenetics Practicum 14
         CLS 461 Microscopic Analysis 4
         CLS 462 FISH Technology 3
    Molecular Biology Practicum 14
         CLS 470 DNA Purification 2
         CLS 472 PCR Analysis 5

Other Required Courses in Concentration 32
     BI 404 Virology (3 cr.) or
     BI 419 Biology of Cancer (4 cr.)

*See Clinical Laboratory Science Major for a complete list of required courses.

 **Prerequisites are CH 111 and CH 112.