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Molecular Diagnostics Certificate

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For Fall admission, all application materials must be received by June 1.
For Spring admission, all application materials must be received by October 15.

The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Molecular Diagnostics is designed for students with baccalaureate degrees in the chemical or biological sciences or clinical Laboratory science, who seek certification/licensure in molecular biology/pathology. Individuals completing the program are prepared to work in the clinical laboratory areas of molecular diagnostics.  Clinical experiences at community laboratories are integrated within the curriculum and enhance your growth as professionals. The program is undergoing accreditation by NAACLS (5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880).

General Requirements

  1. Submission of a FGCU Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Application to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to the established deadline.
  2. Submission of a completed application for the Molecular Diagnostics Certificate program to the Department of Health Sciences prior to the established deadline.
  3. Graduation from a baccalaureate level program from an accredited college or university documented by official transcripts. All specific prerequisite courses for the major must have been completed within the past seven years.
  4. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the prerequisite course work.
  5. International applicants from countries where English is not the official language, are required to submit official English proficiency scores:  TOEFL exam (minimum score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet based) or IELTS exam (minimum score of 6.5).
  6. Complete prerequisite courses in the following disciplines with a grade of C or above:
    • Biology (with Microbiology, Anatomy/Physiology, Immunology, Cell Biology, and Genetics)
    • Chemistry (with Organic and/or Biochemistry)
    • Mathematics (Statistics)

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete the 23-26 credit hours specified by the certificate program. 
  • A grade of C or higher must be earned in all Molecular Diagnostics certificate courses.

Specific Information

Required Courses (23-26 credits)
Minimum grade of C (not C-) is required in each course.
MLS 3038 Essentials of CLS (3)
MLS 4191 Molecular Diagnostics (3)
MLS 4308 Hematology/Hemostasis (3)
MLS 4404 Diagnostic Microbiology (3)
MLS 4462 Diagnostic VMP (3)
MLS 4505 Clinical Immunology (2)
MLS 4940C Molecular Biology Practicum (6-9)

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

Total Semester Hours Required: 23-26 Hours