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Molecular Genetics Internship (Minnesota)

Program description

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Molecular genetics technologists may obtain a baccalaureate degree in Diagnostic Genetics from Northern Michigan University or a Master of Science in Molecular Pathology degree from Texas Tech University. Students from both universities can apply to complete their practical work at Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester. Following graduation from either program, students are eligible to become certified in Molecular Biology, MB (ASCP), from the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Molecular Genetics has an affiliation with two colleges:

Northern Michigan University Practicum:

This program is a joint offering between Northern Michigan University (NMU), Marquette, Mich., and Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn. Students obtain a baccalaureate degree in Diagnostic Genetics by completing seven semesters of coursework at NMU and a 24-week practicum in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory on the Mayo Clinic Rochester campus.

Students in the Molecular Genetics Training program perform DNA purification and extraction methods, Southern blot analysis, polymerase chain reactions (PCR) and other specialized techniques for diagnosing inherited (genetic) and acquired disorders. Students are assigned hands-on rotation with specific assays and techniques and are expected to complete an independent research project.

  • Details regarding this program can be found at the NMU Website.

Texas Tech University Preceptorship:

This program is a joint offering between Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, and Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester. Students obtain a Master of Science in Molecular Pathology degree by completing 2.5 semesters at Texas Tech and an eight-week preceptorship in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory on the Mayo Clinic Rochester campus.

Students will experience DNA purification and extraction methods, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reactions. Assigned hands-on rotations with specific assays and techniques will be given to the students, too. The students will also observe the roles of genetic counselors, fellows and consultants. Finally, the student will assess technical aspects of the laboratory.

Accreditation (affiliations hold accreditation)

Mayo Foundation is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission.

Affiliated Institutions

  • Northern Michigan University
    • Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
      1401 Presque Isle Avenue
      Marquette, MI 49855-5346
    • Phone: 906-227-1660
  • Texas Tech University
    • Department of Diagnostic & Primary Care
      Molecular Pathology Program
      3601 4th Street STOP 6281
      Lubbock, TX 79430-6281
    • Phone: 806-743-3248

Facilities

A highly skilled team of pathologists, scientists, clinical laboratory scientists, biologists, chemists, geneticists and other specialists perform laboratory work. The laboratory receives patient specimens for testing from Mayo Clinic as well as other institutions worldwide.

The high volume of specimens received for genetic testing, the wide repertoire of genetic test services utilizing various clinical assays, state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, and the diverse and highly educated faculty make the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for students. The student will also use dedicated space for lectures and be involved in hands-on laboratory work.

Graduation and certification

Students in the Northern Michigan University Molecular Genetics Training Programs are eligible to receive a baccalaureate degree in Diagnostic Genetics and to become certified in Molecular Biology, MB (ASCP), from the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Students in the Texas Tech University Molecular Pathology Program are eligible to receive a Master of Science in Molecular Pathology degree and to become certified in Molecular Biology, MB (ASCP), from the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Hours

During the internship, the learning schedule will be Monday through Friday. Hours will vary with each rotation.

Class size

The Molecular Genetics Laboratory wants to ensure that the student will receive one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience. For the Diagnostic Genetics practicum, the Molecular Genetics Laboratory admits one or two students for 24 weeks. For the Molecular Pathology preceptorship, the Molecular Genetics Laboratory admits up to four students after they successfully complete an interview process.

  • Aug 27, 2012
  • ART179003