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.
In order to be granted a bachelor’s degree in the diagnostic genetics concentration, a student must have an NMU cumulative grade point average of 2.60, meet specific course grade requirements, and receive no less than a “C-” in any CLS course.
Criteria for placement into the practicum includes a minimum 2.80 GPA in selected required courses. Other requirements can be found under the appropriate course descriptions and in the Clinical Sciences Policy Manual.
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*See Clinical Laboratory Science Major for a complete list of required courses.
**Prerequisites are CH 111 and CH 112.