Molecular pathology curriculum for medical laboratory scientists: A report of the association for molecular pathology training and education committee

J Mol Diagn. 2014 May;16(3):288-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jmoldx.2014.02.003.


Molecular diagnostics is a rapidly growing specialty in the clinical laboratory assessment of pathology. Educational programs in medical laboratory science and specialized programs in molecular diagnostics must address the training of clinical scientists in molecular diagnostics, but the educational curriculum for this field is not well defined. Moreover, our understanding of underlying genetic contributions to specific diseases and the technologies used in molecular diagnostics laboratories change rapidly, challenging providers of training programs in molecular diagnostics to keep their curriculum current and relevant. In this article, we provide curriculum recommendations to molecular diagnostics training providers at both the baccalaureate and master's level of education. We base our recommendations on several factors. First, we considered National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences guidelines for accreditation of molecular diagnostics programs, because educational programs in clinical laboratory science should obtain its accreditation. Second, the guidelines of several of the best known certifying agencies for clinical laboratory scientists were incorporated into our recommendations. Finally, we relied on feedback from current employers of molecular diagnostics scientists, regarding the skills and knowledge that they believe are essential for clinical scientists who will be performing molecular testing in their laboratories. We have compiled these data into recommendations for a molecular diagnostics curriculum at both the baccalaureate and master's level of education.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Services
  • Credentialing
  • Curriculum
  • Humans
  • Medical Laboratory Personnel / education*
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques / methods
  • Pathology, Molecular / education*
  • Pathology, Molecular / methods