The MDS graduate program is intended for current laboratory professionals and individuals with a baccalaureate degree and a strong preparation in science. It is a two-year program where students start and finish the program as a cohort. Because of the cohort nature of the MDS graduate program, part-time students will not be accepted; however, students accepted for Route 3 will be given three years to complete the program. In the event that a student can not complete the courses in this time frame, the student will have up to five years to complete all the courses and receive the master’s degree.

Who should apply?

  • Laboratory practitioners with current certification as a medical laboratory scientist (MLS), clinical laboratory scientist (CLS), or medical technologist (MT) can advance their knowledge and credentials in this rapidly growing area of molecular diagnostics.
  • Cytotechnologists will find this program prepares them to understand and perform the molecular testing that is an increasing part of their clinical practice.
  • Students with an undergraduate science degree and an interest in molecular diagnostic testing will be prepared to work in clinical laboratories, research laboratories, and industry.

In addition to students who wish to practice in molecular diagnostic laboratories, the program will help prepare faculty for associate degree and baccalaureate degree clinical laboratory educational programs.

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