Please note: We are not currently accepting new applications to the Molecular Diagnostics (BS) program Ferris - Grand Rapids. Please consider a related Ferris program, such as Medical Laboratory Science at our Big Rapids campus or any Grand Rapids or online degree program. Currently enrolled Molecular Diagnostics (BS) students will be given the opportunity to complete their program.

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.

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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.

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

Upon completion of the Molecular Diagnostics program, students will qualify for examination and certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).