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.

Track 1 is modeled for working professionals within the clinical laboratory community who perform molecular assay development, validation projects, and for those interested in professional development in the clinical, molecular field.  Within Track 1, students have the option to select Human Genetics or Infectious Disease concentration. 

Track 2 is designed for individuals interested in using their molecular biology background as a clinical educator.  

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: The laboratory is designed to facilitate research while maintaining clinical laboratory standards.  Our laboratory consists of approximately 3500 square feet of space.  The research projects within the laboratory are dedicated to the development of assays for detection of human pathogens of human pathogens as well as development of an assay for mutational evaluation of glioblastoma.  We have recently combined laboratory resources with the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC) whose mission includes research into developing a fundamental understanding of glioblastoma and human cancers.

 

Program Curriculum: 

MS: CLINICAL MOLECULAR GENETICS - Track 1: Clinical Molecular Genetics

  • Students choose one of two concentrations: Human Genetics or Infectious Disease
  • 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

Human Genetics Concentration – Project or Capstone or Thesis Option

SEMESTER 1 (Fall) .........................................................................................................

6

CLS 520

Principle of Clinical Molecular Genetics …………………..

3

CLS 563

Research Design and Methods ……………………………...

3

SEMESTER 2 (Winter) ....................................................................................................

8

AIS 535

Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Grad Research………

2

CLS 526

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques …………………

3

CLS 536

Clinical Genetics ……………………………………………

3

SEMESTER 3 (Spring/Summer) ......................................................................................

5-6

CLS 516*

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (Thesis Only)…..

1

CLS 538

Molecular Identification of Somatic Mutations in Cancer

3

CLS 543

Molecular Diagnostic in identity Testing …………………...

2

SEMESTER 4 (Fall) .........................................................................................................

7

CLS 541

Clinical App of Genomic Medicine ………………………...

3

CLS 570

Method Verification and Validation ………………………...

4

SEMESTER 5 (Winter) ....................................................................................................

7

CLS 560

Biomedical Lab Operations …………....................................

3

CLS 580

OR  590

OR  599

Project in Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)………………………

OR Capstone in Clinical Applications of Genetic & Genomic Technologies (1-4 cr)

OR Thesis in Clinical Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)

4

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.

Infectious Disease Concentration – Project or Capstone or Thesis Option

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)..........................................................................................................

6

CLS 520

Principle of Clinical Molecular Genetics …………………..

3

CLS 563

Research Design and Methods ……………………………...

3

SEMESTER 2 (Winter).....................................................................................................

8

AIS 535

Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Grad Research …

2

CLS 526

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques …………………

3

CLS 545

Molecular Identification of Viral and Fungal Pathogens……

3

SEMESTER 3 (Spring/Summer).......................................................................................

5-6

CLS 516*

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (Thesis Only)…..

1

CLS 543

Molecular Diagnostic in identity Testing …………………...

2

CLS 544

Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease …………………

3

SEMESTER 4 (Fall)..........................................................................................................

7

CLS 541

Clinical App of Genomic Medicine ………………………...

3

CLS 570

Method Verification and Validation ………………………...

4

SEMESTER 5 (Winter).....................................................................................................

7

CLS 560

Biomedical Lab Operations …………....................................

3

CLS 580

OR  590

OR  599

Project in Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)………………………

OR Capstone in Clinical Applications of Genetic & Genomic Technologies (1-4 cr)

OR Thesis in Clinical Molecular Genetics (1-4 cr)

4

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.

 

MS: CLINICAL MOLECULAR GENETICS - Track 2: Clinical Molecular Laboratory Education

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)..........................................................................................................

3

CLS 520

Principle of Clinical Molecular Genetics …………………..

3

SEMESTER 2 (Winter) .....................................................................................................

8

CLS 526

Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Techniques …………………

3

CLS 536

Clinical Genetics ……………………………………………

3

ED 505

Measurement and Evaluation..………………………………

2

SEMESTER 3 (Spring/Summer).......................................................................................

5

ED 504

Psychology of Evaluation………………... …………………

2

CLS 544

Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease …………………

3

SEMESTER 4 (Fall)..........................................................................................................

7

CLS 541

Clinical App of Genomic Medicine ………………………...

3

CLS 570

Method Verification and Validation ………………………...

4

SEMESTER 5 (Winter) .....................................................................................................

7-10

CLS 560

Biomedical Lab Operations …………....................................

3

CLS 522

Curriculum Development……………………………………

3

CLS 580

Project in Clinical Molecular Genetics ……………………

1-4

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE......................................................................

33

 

The course mapping 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.

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