The post-baccalaureate certificate program is a 2-year program for individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree in a life or biological science who wish to enter the ever growing and exciting field of genetic testing and research.
Students in the DGS Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program take course work and laboratory training for 3 semesters on the UCONN Storrs campus in the two disciplines of DGS; Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics, but concentrate in one or the other during their 4th and final internship semester at an affiliated cytogenetics lab or molecular lab. Admission to the DGS Program is in the fall semester only.
Individuals in both cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics are needed in a variety of diagnostic, research, and industry settings.
Upon completion of the DGS Program, graduates with a concentration in cytogenetics are eligible to sit for the certification examination in Cytogenetics (CG), and graduates with a concentration in molecular diagnostics are eligible to sit for the certification examinations molecular Biology (MB), both offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Board of Certification (ASCP BOR). However, note that certificate conferral is not contingent upon passing any external certification or licensure examination
UCONN does not have a NAACLS accredited Master’s Degree program in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences although a Professional Science Masters Degree in Health Care Genetics may be appropriate for your career aspirations.