The field of laboratory medicine is advancing towards the use of molecular techniques and molecular diagnostics for the detection of genetic disorders, pre-transplantation screening, infection diseases and cancer. With the introduction of personalized medicine, there will be an increase in genetic testing. Molecular diagnostics can also aid in the decision for therapy used in genetic disorders.
Our mission is to prepare graduates with skills and knowledge for good laboratory practice and professional behavior in the molecular diagnostics laboratory.
There is a demand for professionally educated and technically competent individuals to work in this growing area of laboratory medicine. There is a demand nationally in hospitals, reference laboratories, private genetic laboratories and pharmaceutical industries.
In the molecular diagnostics program you will learn how to aid in the diagnosis of cancer, infectious diseases, pharmacogenomics, and the predisposition to disease by performing and interpreting laboratory results using molecular diagnostic assays.
Ferris State University’s Molecular Diagnostics program is accredited as a Diagnostic Molecular Scientist (DMS) training program by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted in writing at 5600 N River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, by phone at (847) 939-3597, and online at www.naacls.org.
Upon completion of the Molecular Diagnostics program, students will qualify for examination and certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).