Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University

Clinical Molecular Genetics



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Clinical Molecular Genetics

Format: Online

Program Description:

Clinical molecular diagnostics is the future of the healthcare industry. Molecular tests are utilized with increasing frequency in areas of medicine including genetic disorders, infectious diseases, detection and monitoring of cancer, pharmacogenomics, and identity testing. Northern’s clinical molecular genetics program is designed to provide a rigorous graduate-level education for clinical laboratory scientists and biologists in the field of molecular diagnostics. The CMG program is intended for laboratory science professionals who are already trained and competent in a medical laboratory or related discipline. Northern’s program places emphasis on developing students to be knowledgeable in the clinical applications of molecular genetic tests for acquired, inherited, and infectious diseases.

The CMG program is designed to provide flexibility for working professionals while also being suited for the dedicated graduate student. The CMG program consists of nine interactive web-based courses, a week-long on-campus laboratory experience, and a flexible curriculum design that allows for either a research thesis or laboratory-based Capstone graduation project.  The web-based courses allow students greater flexibility in learning but are no less rigorous than traditional classroom-based courses. Initial courses provide the groundwork knowledge while subsequent courses develop the student’s ability to critically apply that knowledge and establish the foundation for a successful thesis or capstone project. 

This program is a good fit for students who enjoy

  • Working in a laboratory setting
  • Problem-solving
  • Conducting scientific research


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Fringe Rural Area

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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