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.

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.

CHEM 501: Introduction to Biochemistry3
BIO SCI 325: Genetics4
BMS 549: Professional Development in Clinical Laboratory Sciences3

Choice of:

BMS 539/540: Public Health Microbiology OR
BIO SCI 539 (663): Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology

Choice of:

BMS 560/561: Molecular Diagnostics/Lab OR
BMS 705/561: Molecular Pathology/Lab

Choice of one of the following Electives:

BIO SCI 383: General Microbiology4 LC/LA
BIO SCI 315/316: Cell Biology/Lab5
BIO SCI 490: Molecular Genetics3
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 chs-info@uwm.edu.

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?
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 . Students enrolling exclusively in audit or off-campus classes are not charged segregated fees and will not be able to use some campus facilities or obtain a University bus pass. If you fall into one of these categories, but want full access to all campus facilities, you may pay an additional fee based on the number of credits taken.

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 web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee.

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.