With a focus on developing skillsets related to the biomedical sciences, the Certificate Program in Molecular Diagnostics trains students in this newly-emerging and rapidly-evolving field of Laboratory Medicine.

Like a departmental minor, certificate programs offer a specific academic focus but differ by being interdisciplinary, so students can combine related courses in different disciplines to explore a common theme.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • Coursework will include lecture and laboratory courses that focus on application and preparation for a nationally-recognized certification exam (American Society for Clinical Pathology-Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) Molecular Biology, MB(ASCP)).
  • The Certificate Program is available to returning, non-degree students who wish additional credentials in Molecular Diagnostics for career development/enhancement.

What can I do with a Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics?

Students will gain a solid foundation and basic skills necessary for professional employment in Molecular Diagnostic Programs.

It will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • University and hospital laboratories
  • New test R&D applications
  • Biotechnology Industries
  • Serving the molecular diagnostics communities.



The Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics is designed to augment the basic education and skills of students currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences or Biological Sciences. With minimal additional courses, students will be able to complete a Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics.

A total of 20 – 22 credits are required for this certificate.

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Chem 501Introduction to Biochemistry3
Bio Sci 325Genetics4
BMS 549Professional Development in Clinical Laboratory Sciences3

Choice of:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BMS 539/540Public Health Microbiology4
Bio Sci 539 (663)Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology4

Choice of:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BMS 560/561Molecular Diagnostics/Lab3 LC/LA
BMS 705/561Molecular Pathology/Lab4

Choice of one of the following Electives:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Bio Sci 383General Microbiology4 LC/LA
Bio Sci 315/316Cell Biology/Lab4
Bio Sci 534/535Medical Microbiology/Lab4
Bio Sci 536Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology2
Bio Sci 660Eukaryotic Molecular Biology3
BMS 599Advanced Independent Study3

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply?

Contact the UWM College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs.

CHS Office of Student Affairs
Northwest Quadrant Building B
Room 6425
(414) 229-2758

Is there a deadline to apply?

No, the enrollment period is rolling. You can apply at any time. Deadlines only surround class schedules.

Is the Certificate Program online?

Some, but not all, of the required coursework is offered in an online format.

Are there prerequisite requirements for this Certificate?

Although flexibility is built into this Certificate Program, students will be expected to have basic knowledge of microbiology and genetics, and at least one advanced laboratory course (500 level or above) to qualify for the Molecular Diagnostics Certificate.

What courses can I take for this Certificate?

Please see the coursework listed above. Consult the online Schedule of Classes to find out when classes are offered.

How much does the Certificate Program cost?

Tuition fee information may be found at the UWM Business and Financial Services Office under Tuition and Fees information.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate Program?

Students must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate program. Students must earn at least a 2.50 GPA in the courses listed above to obtain the Certificate.