Molecular Genetic Technology
in the School of Health Professions
Visit the program on the campus of MD Anderson during one of the program information sessions.
Molecular genetic technologists study the role of genetics in medicine, Mendelian genetics, multifactorial inheritance, DNA structure, chromosome structure, population genetics, mutation rates, ethnicity of disease and genetic mapping in a diagnostic setting.
The program offers two tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.
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 application deadline for each year is April 1; however, late applicants may be considered if the class is not filled. The program accepts up to 32 students per class. The program’s academic year is usually the last week in August or the first week in September through the second or third Friday in August of the following year.
The student to faculty ratio for student lab activities is roughly 8:1. With respect to the ratio of clinical laboratory student to faculty, 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.
Students receive both theoretical and applied knowledge throughout the program
The program covers all 4 areas of diagnostic molecular science (Oncology, Pre/Post natal, Infectious Disease, and Identity Testing)
Students are competency-tested throughout the program
Students receive 12 weeks of clinical preceptorships at one of our many clinical affiliation sites
Students will learn to work independently and in group settings
Instructor to student ratio is ~1:8
Offering the latest hands-on diagnostic molecular science training
Peter Hu, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director
Irene Newsham, Ph.D.
The Molecular Genetic Technology program is accredited by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards published and monitored by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS
5600 N. River Rd., Ste 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
The program has developed affiliations with reference labs and medical institutions across the United
LABORATORY INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to outline the process by which a student enrolled in the Molecular Genetic Technology Program is informed and affected by a laboratory internship rotation cancellation.
It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions Program in Molecular Genetic Technology to limit student enrollment to that of available laboratory internship rotations. In case of an internship rotation site cancellation, affected student/s must be informed within 5 school days of the cancellation. Student placement in the remaining laboratory internship rotation will be picked up by one of the MD Anderson rotation sites; or an equitable experience will be offered in the program’s student laboratory; or by other Houston sites to ensure their clinical education will not be interrupted.
STUDENT INTERNSHIP WORK POLICY
Students at the MD Anderson School of Health Professions Program in Molecular Genetic Technology are required to perform regular service work in molecular genetic technology laboratories as a part of their internship education. This allows students to become competent with molecular genetic technology techniques and prepares them to enter the workforce with the necessary entry-level competencies to function in any routine molecular genetic technology laboratory. All laboratory service work performed by students will be monitored by the assigned preceptor in each laboratory.
THE USE OF STUDENTS IN PLACE OF QUALIFIED HISTOTECHNOLOGY STAFF IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
Note: If the student must be left alone in any laboratory area for an extended period, please notify the Program Director to ensure proper supervision of the student. Students are also exempt from the “on call” rotation and other laboratory experiences outside of the regular working hours.
The specialty of molecular genetics embraces:
Molecular genetic technologists also learn the latest, newest methodologies and topics in genetics, such as:
According to the salary survey conducted by Academic Affairs at MD Anderson, the average starting salary for a staff molecular genetic technologist with certification is $47,600. In other locations around Houston, molecular technicians can earn a salary of $45-50,000.
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* The NAACLS certification exam benchmark standard for accredited programs is three years of consecutive results demonstrating an average of at least a 75% pass rate on the ASCP-BOC examinations, for students within the first year of graduation as calculated from the most recent three-year period. ().