Enhanced Certificate

Austin Community College
Medical Laboratory Technology Program
Enhanced Skills Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics

Program Description

This certificate is targeting individuals with an AS or BS in clinical laboratory science or individuals with an appropriate BS degree such as microbiology, biotechnology, etc. who wish to obtain an entry level position in a Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. Students successfully completing the following three courses will be awarded an Enhanced Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics. This is a fascinating, new area of clinical laboratory science. The techniques have come out of the research and development phase and are now being integrated into the routine test offerings in the clinical laboratory. The challenge employers have is finding individuals with the appropriate entry-level knowledge and skills to work in this exciting new field. Students will utilize the knowledge and skills gained from this certificate to assist in setting up a molecular diagnostics laboratory at their place of employment, apply their knowledge to currently held positions or increase their employability in laboratories which perform Molecular Diagnostics procedures. The certificate will allow students to be qualifed as an entry-level worker in this expanding new field of clinical laboratory science.

Course Descriptions

MLAB 2321 Molecular Diagnostics for Clinical Laboratory Science (3-3-0)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles of clinical molecular diagnostics and explores the use of molecular techniques in the diagnosis of disease. Topics to be covered include: nucleic acid structure and function, genetics, DNA chemistry, introduction to nucleic acid isolation, identification and amplification techniques used in infectious disease diagnosis in the clinical laboratory, components of a molecular laboratory, and evaluation of controls to validate results obtained. ONLINE ONLY

MLAB 2337 Molecular Diagnostics Techniques (3-2-4)
An introduction to the theory and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on molecular diagnostics, including DNA replication, transcription, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA and RNA techniques. Topics include hybridization techniques and amplification techniques such as QPCR. HYBRID OFF SITE LEARNING ACTIVITIES, ON-SITE LECTURE/LABORATORY AS ASSIGNED

MLAB 2263 Molecular Diagnostics Clinical (2-0-6)
A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. As outlined in the learning plan: apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry. ASSIGNED CLINICAL OUT IN THE FIELD

Is Online Learning for Me?

Distance Learning (DL) courses provide greater flexibility than on-campus courses, but they also require good time management skills and self-motivation for successful completion. They may not suit every student's needs, expectations, or learning style. If you are considering Distance Learning at ACC, review the resources at "Distance Learning 101"to see what is expected of students taking DL courses, and what you can expect from Distance Learning. These resources can't guarantee success in any distance education course or program, but they can help you find the answer to the question—is Distance Learning right for you?