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
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.
What Interested Students Should Know
Ferris trains students on the same sophisticated equipment found in clinical laboratories
nationwide. The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus
with a clinical internship to prepare graduates.
Pre-Qualification Coursework Location: Big Rapids, Michigan Students spend approximately four semesters completing pre-qualification coursework
on the main campus in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Professional Sequence Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan Students may enter the Professional Sequence once they have completed all qualifying
coursework. Applications are due in January for entry into the Professional Sequence
each May. Professional sequence courses meet at Ferris' Grand Rapids, Michigan location, spread over an additional five semesters. The final semester of the curriculum
is devoted to an off-campus 12-week intern experience at a pre-approved clinical site
(which may require an out-of-state placement). Students must complete the professional
phase within five years of commencing it.
GRCC Professional Sequence Transfer Program Students may complete and transfer qualifying coursework through Ferris State University,
or at many community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College. Learn more
on our Grand Rapids Professional Sequence page.