Diagnostic Genetic Sciences

Diagnostic Genetic Sciences

Krystal Taylor, an undergraduate majoring in allied health, handles a lab sample with a pipette during a class on infectious diseases.

Course descriptions

The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and offers two concentrations: Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics. Cytogenetic technologists study blood, bone marrow, solid tissues, and amniotic fluid for chromosomal abnormalities that are associated with genetic malformations and diseases like cancer. Molecular technologists evaluate and investigate DNA and RNA with regards to disease, identity, cancer and forensics. The on-campus course requirements for the two emphasis areas are the same, but the clinical courses differ.

Both concentrations are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 70
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: 773-714-8880

Graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) certification examination in their concentration (Cytogenetics or Molecular Biology) immediately upon graduation.

Requirements

The course requirements listed below may also be used to satisfy the University’s General Education requirements.

Mathematics and Science Courses

Professional Courses

AH 2001, 3121, 4241; DGS 3222, 3223, 3225, 4224, 4234W, 4235, 4236, 4246, 4248; MLSC 4500.

Cytogenetics Concentration Clinical Courses

DGS 4810, 4820, 4830, 4850 or 4997.

Molecular Concentration Practicum Courses

DGS 4501, 4502, 4503, and 4850 or 4997; and one of the following: DGS 4510, 4512, 4513, 4514, 4515.

Writing in the Major

DGS 4234W

Computer Technology

University entry-level competencies have been reviewed and satisfy all program requirements

Information Literacy

Competencies will be met through successful completion of program major courses

Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Certificate Program

The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Certificate Program is open to individuals with a baccalaureate degree in Med-ical Laboratory Sciences, or the biological or natural sciences, and who meet the specific course prerequisites and academic standards. Students apply to one of two concentrations within this program: Cytogenetics or Mo-lecular Diagnostics. Upon completion, the student receives a certificate from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Upon successful completion of the Program, students are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) certification examination in their concentration (Cytogenetics or Molecular Biology), immediately upon graduation.

For information about admission, supplemental academic standards, and clinical placement requirements, see Allied Health Sciences Professional Majors.

 

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