Program Details

molecular labNorthern’s program is unique because it is offered primarily online, making it flexible to your schedule. The program also emphasizes clinical application. Our program gives you a two-track option. A professional, project-based, track is modeled for working professionals -- molecular assay development and validation projects can be completed at your place of employment under the tutelage of NMU faculty. A research, thesis-based, track will be appropriate if you’re seeking research positions in industry including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, government, and academe.

Immersive learning: In addition to flexible, online classes, you’ll benefit from a week-long hands-on laboratory experience in performing molecular techniques such as DNA extraction, purification and quantification; preparing and viewing PCR products, and interpreting DNA fingerprints via gel and capillary electrophoresis. You’ll also perform advanced molecular methodologies such as cell culture techniques, melting curve analysis, Southern blot analysis, and fluorescent in-situ hybridization.  

Facilities and equipment: When you come to NMU for the week-long class, benefit from NMU's state-of-the-art molecular lab. It’s comprised of 4 rooms: the reagent prep room, the wet lab, the pre-PCR room and the PCR room. The reagent prep room has separate air-handling to mitigate DNA, RNA and bacterial contamination. 


Program Curriculum: 

Fall Year 1

Winter Year 1

Summer Year 1

Fall Year 2

Winter Year 2

CLS 520 Principles of Clinical Molecular Diagnostics – 3 cr

CLS 541 Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine – 3 cr

CLS 526 Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques – 4 cr

CLS 563 Research Design and Methods – 3 cr

CLS 560 Biomedical Laboratory Operations – 3 cr

CLS 536 Clinical Genetics – 3 cr

CLS 544 Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease – 3 cr

CLS 543 Molecular Diagnostics in Identity Testing – 2 cr

CLS 570 Method Verification and Validation – 4 cr

CLS 580 Project in Clinical Molecular Genetics – 4 cr


CLS 599 Thesis in Clinical Molecular Genetics – 4 cr

The table above provides the opportunity for program completion in two academic years with the required summer semester enrollment.  The program also allows for part-time enrollment.