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
Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D.
Program Director: Peter Hu, Ph.D.
Education Coordinator: Irene Newsham, Ph.D.
Senior Health Professions Educator: Mary Coolbaugh-Murphy, Ph.D.
Medical Advisor: Raja Luthra, 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
Upon completion of the program, students will qualify for examination and certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP.
The program has developed affiliations with reference labs and medical institutions across the United States, so that students will develop expertise in a variety of settings and experience the breadth of opportunity available to a certified molecular geneticist. During the clinical phase of instruction, training and supervision are provided in affiliated hospitals and clinical laboratories.
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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