The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics trains you in the newly-emerging and rapidly-evolving field of Laboratory Medicine.

Why choose us?

  • Coursework includes lecture and laboratory courses that focus on application and preparation for the nationally-recognized certification exam (American Society for Clinical Pathology-Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) Molecular Biology, MB(ASCP)).
  • The Certificate is available to returning, non-degree students who want additional credentials in Molecular Diagnostics for career development/enhancement.
  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for excellence in education, innovative cutting-edge research, and community-engaged learning and service.

What can I do with a Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics?

UWM’s Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics will give you a solid foundation and basic skills necessary for professional employment in Molecular Diagnostic Programs, preparing you to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • University and hospital laboratories
  • New test Research & Development 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, you will be able to complete the Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics.

Although flexibility is built into this certificate program, you 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.

A total of 17 – 20 credits are required to obtain the Certificate and you must earn at least a 2.50 GPA in the courses listed below.

Required Courses

BIO SCI 325: Genetics4
CHEM 501: Introduction to Biochemistry3
Select one of the following:
BMS 539 & 540: Public Health Microbiology and Public Health Microbiology Lab OR
BIO SCI 539: Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology
Select one of the following:
BMS 560 & 561: Molecular Diagnostics/Lab OR
BMS 705 & 561: Molecular Pathology/Molecular Diagnostics Lab

Electives Courses (choose one)

BIO SCI 383: General Microbiology4 LC/LA
BIO SCI 315/316: Cell Biology/Lab5
BIO SCI 536: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology2
BMS 534/535: Medical Microbiology/Lab5
BMS 599: Advanced Independent Study3

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply?
To apply to the Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics, please email the CHS Office of Student Affairs, at

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, you 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 Certificate.

What courses can I take for this Certificate?
Please see the coursework section above. Consult the online Schedule of Classes to find out when classes are offered.

How much does the Certificate Program cost?
For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Undergraduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

In addition to regular tuition, there are also mandatory/segregated fees which are funds earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

There may be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to

How long do I have to complete the Certificate Program?
You must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate program.