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  1. Molecular DiagnosticsCertificate Program Information Session

  2. Introduction Terry Kotrla, MS, MT(ASCP)BB Capella University 512-560-5321

  3. Certificate Program The certificate consists of three courses, one offered each semester. Individuals who meet ASCP requirements can use the coursework as the foundation for taking the certification exam.

  4. Program Cost • Program costs can be found at: • The costs DO NOT include: • Required immunizations • Criminal Background Check (Clinical course only) • Drug screen (Clinical course only) • Scrubs (Clinical course only)

  5. MLAB 2321 Molecular Diagnostics for Clinical Laboratory Science This course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles of clinical molecular diagnostics and explores the use of molecular techniques in the diagnosis of disease. Offered ONLINE only in the Spring during the 16 week semester.

  6. BlackBoard Online course delivery system. Will provide detailed information of what is required each week. You MUST be disciplined to participate in an online course. Write your schedule down for study time AND STICK TO IT.

  7. MLAB 2337 Molecular Diagnostics Techniques An introduction to the theory and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on molecular diagnostics, including DNA replication, transcription, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA and RNA techniques. Hybrid class – combination of online and on campus activities. Lecture and lab on campus in the SUMMER semester on 4 Saturdays.

  8. MLAB 2263 Molecular Diagnostics Clinical Apply the theory, concepts, and skills in the clinical setting. Assigned to local hospitals or clinics. 100 hours 40 hours at clinical site 40 hours on research paper 20 hours miscellaneous required assignments

  9. How Difficult are the Courses? These are college level courses covering a relatively complex topic. Review of basic genetic such as Mendelian genetics and concepts and principles of gene transmission. Review of nucleic acid structure and function. In depth coverage of molecular testing.

  10. Techniques Principle and theory of all aspects of a molecular procedure. Application of knowledge for each element of a procedure Calculating Temperature of Melting Determining concentrations of reactants for a procedure. Determining the sequence of primers and probes for specific targets.

  11. Techniques Either hands on, virtual or both Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) DNA hybridization Gel electrophoresis Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) Blotting techniques Microarray Evaluation of controls to validate results

  12. Other Components necessary to set up a molecular laboratory. Physical lay out especially as it concerns prevention of cross-contamination Equipment necessary

  13. Applications Forensics Oncology Immunology Hematology Predictive Genetic Testing Immunohematology Pharcogenetics Molecular Virology

  14. Resources A web page of resources has been started to give you an idea of what will be covered.

  15. ASCP MB Certification This certificate will be the starting point for preparing for those eligible to take the MB certification exam. Eligibility Exam Content Suggested reading

  16. Application Process Complete an application. Review Information Session materials in this presentation. Submit the following: Completed application Completed immunization form INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

  17. Additional Requirements for Clinical • DO NOT COMPLETE UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO • Criminal Background check - • Drug Screen - • Beginning Fall 2014, proof of health insurance for all health sciences students is required prior to beginning the clinical course. Visit for more information.

  18. Health Science Admission’s Office Address: Room 8356 3401 Webberville Rd., Austin, 78702 Phone Number: 512-223-5700 Toll Free 1-888-626-1697 Email:

  19. Questions??Keri Brophy-Martinez Contact Info Phone: 512-223-5877 BEST CONTACT IS EMAIL Additional information about health science programs, including molecular, is found at: