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Molecular Diagnostics (Graduate Certificate)

The certificate program in Molecular Diagnostics is intended for those individuals with a baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology, Cytotechnology, Biology or related health disciplines who wish to enhance their lab expertise and knowledge in molecular-based methods. The coursework will provide solid didactic preparation for those qualified individuals seeking certification in molecular pathology by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or in molecular biology by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel

Molecular Diagnostics (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Molecular Diagnostics at ODU like?

The certificate program in Molecular Diagnostics is intended for those individuals with a baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology, Cytotechnology, Biology or related health disciplines who wish to enhance their lab expertise and knowledge in molecular-based methods. The coursework will provide solid didactic preparation for those qualified individuals seeking certification in molecular pathology by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or in molecular biology by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel

Program Highlights


What makes Molecular Diagnostics at ODU unique?

  • Students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional, national and international professional communication associations. Opportunities to develop study abroad programs are available.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Molecular Diagnostics at ODU?

MDTS 500:
Principles of Molecular Pathology and Clinical Diagnostics


Basic concepts of molecular pathology and clinical diagnostics including nucleic acids, DNA replication, transcription, proteins, mutations and chromosome changes that underlie inherited and acquired/infectious disease, inheritance patterns and genetics as applied to oncology, cardiac disease and organ transplants. Covers emerging molecular/ cytologic/histologic methods |amplification, hybridization and micoarrays) to detect disease markers, monitor therapy and assess identity; pharmacogenomics and legal/ethical issues of genetic testing. Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

MDTS 501:
Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory


Course includes hands-on experience with or discussion of diagnostics instrumentation and assays using nucleic acid and protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, hybridization techniques, standard and real time polymerase chain reaction PCR), reverse transcription, DNA sequencing, autoradiography, flow cytometry, microarrays and proteomics-based methods. Pre- or corequisite: MDTS 500 or permission of instructor.

MDTS 601:
Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory


Emphasis of this course will be on primer design for PCR, advanced real time PCR, cycle sequencing, capillary electrophoresis (CE) as applied to DNA sequencing, analysis of SNPS (single nucleotide polymorphisms), microsatellite instability, microarray technology and detection of methicillin-resistant bacteria. Prerequisites: MDTS 500, MDTS 501 or permission of instructor. Pre- or corequisites: MDTS 600.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Molecular Diagnostics at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Molecular Diagnostics should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Robert Bruno


Location:

2118 HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7091


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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