Program Details

molecular labNorthern’s program is unique because it is offered primarily online, making it flexible to your schedule. Other universities may offer a similar program, but you won’t find anything like the emphasis on clinical application that you’ll get at Northern. 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: Medicine has entered an era in which molecular based clinical assays are increasingly used in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment monitoring of disease. These tests are utilized in medical disciplines such as cancer pathology, infectious disease, genetic disorders, identity testing and pharmacogenomics.  Northern’s curriculum is designed to provide the student with the knowledge needed to work in each of these subdisciplines.  Additionally, the program will challenge the student to develop the critical skills needed to develop, assess, implement, and evaluate molecular based assays in each of these areas. 

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 four 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. The laboratory is designed to facilitate research while maintaining clinical laboratory standards.

During the one week laboratory experience at Northern, students will have an opportunity to enhance their hands-on molecular biology skills. Lab projects will be tailored to the needs of individual students, and assignments will range in scope from learning basic techniques for less experienced students to initiating research projects for more advanced students. The diversity of skills faculty and students bring to the laboratory rotation will be leveraged to enhance the individual and the group experiences.


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 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.