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.
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.
In the molecular diagnostics program, you spend three semesters taking general education courses. Your professional phase begins in the fourth semester (Spring). You take the professional classes for the following year (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring) on the main campus in Big Rapids. The fourth year professional classes will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Fall and Spring). Your final semester (summer of year four) will be your internship.
Ferris State University is actively seeking accreditation for the molecular diagnostics program through 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.