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Program Description

The Program in Molecular Genetic Technology is a three-semester, highly intensive course of study that integrates classroom lectures, laboratory demonstrations and technical experience to prepare each student for national certification as a molecular genetic technologist.The student/faculty ratio for didactic activities is roughly 8:1. With respect to the laboratory student/faculty ratio, the ratio is 1:1 in clinical and basic research laboratories not only within the institution but also within the Houston Medical Center, in Galveston, and across the United States. The application deadline for each year is April 1; however, late applicants may be considered if the class is not filled. The program’s start date is usually the beginning of the last week in August or the first week in September. The last day of the school year is usually the second or third Friday in August of the following year.

Curriculum

The Program includes the following courses:

  • Medical Genetics
  • Clinical Applications of Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders
  • Molecular Diagnosis of Hematological Malignancies
  • Advanced Molecular Diagnostic Techniques
  • Molecular Genetics Technology
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Hematology
  • Advanced Hematology
  • Independent Research Project
  • Special Topics
    • Laboratory Mathematics
    • Management and Education Skills
    • Computer Technology
    • Genetics
    • Molecular Genetics Journal Club

Upon successful completion of our program you will be awarded a baccalaureate degree and will be eligible to take the national certification exams.

Please see the Health Professions Student Catalog for more information about the curriculum and course descriptions.

Requirements

Classroom instruction and demonstration of competency precede hands-on activities. Students must complete each course with a minimum grade of 75% to remain in the Program.

Activities

Under the direct supervision of experienced and certified molecular genetic technologists, students will learn to perform procedures using analytical methodology in a clinical molecular laboratory.

Students are trained in various laboratory techniques involving:

  • Chemistry
  • DNA/RNA extraction and modification
  • Electrophoresis
  • Southern blotting
  • Hybridization
  • Amplification
  • Sequencing
  • Laboratory practice and design
  • Business, marketing and regulatory standards

They focus on the specific applications of molecular techniques within a variety of disciplines such as:

  • Cytogenetics
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Forensic science
  • Oncology
  • Paternity
  • Transplantation immunology

As DNA probe methodology is an important part of the curriculum, students become proficient in labeling of DNA with fluorescent dyes and in hybridization of DNA to target DNA on agarose gels and glass microscope slides. Techniques learned include:

  • Southern blot analysis
  • PCR methodology
  • Fluorescent in situ hybridization

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For more than 15 years, MD Anderson has ranked among the nation's top two hospitals in cancer care, according to the "America’s Best Hospitals" survey published annually since 1990 in U.S. News and World Report. One of the models for federally designated comprehensive cancer centers, MD Anderson is internationally recognized for its exceptional strength in patient care, research and educational programs.

 


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