Fundamentals of Molecular Diagnostics (retired 5/21/2020) (by LabCE)

1 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 745 customer ratings)

Author: Lori Woeste, EdD, MS
Reviewer: Beverly J. Barham, PhD, MPH; Jana Bagwell, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMMB

Course provided by LabCE.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of the rapidly growing field of molecular diagnostics. Beginning with an overview of essentials and unique terminology, the course addresses many direct and amplified nucleic acid test methods. Specimen handling, and the clinical applications, advantages, and disadvantages of molecular diagnostics are also covered. Most importantly, the principles behind molecular diagnostics are presented in detail, giving you a strong foundation for future exploration and study in molecular diagnostics.

See more courses in: Molecular Pathology

Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-040-18, approved through 8/31/2020
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Molecular Pathology): 1 hour(s)
Course number 20-631285, approved through 9/1/2020


  • Define terms related to molecular diagnostics.
  • Identify appropriate specimen collection and handling measures for molecular diagnostics.
  • Classify the various molecular methodologies.
  • Outline examples of procedures for each molecular diagnostic classification.
  • Describe the principle of each procedure.
  • Discuss clinical applications of molecular diagnostics.

Customer Ratings

(based on 745 customer ratings)

Users Also Bought

2 P.A.C.E.® contact hours
(4 ratings) $15 Add to cart
1 P.A.C.E.® contact hour
(191 ratings) $20 Add to cart
12 P.A.C.E.® contact hours
(1 ratings) $44 Add to cart
13.5 P.A.C.E.® contact hours
(12 ratings) $44 Add to cart
1 P.A.C.E.® contact hour
(427 ratings) $20 Add to cart

Course Outline

  • Molecular Diagnostics
      • Overview
      • Overview, cont.
      • Targets
      • Basis of Molecular Testing
      • Nucleotides
      • Writing the Code
      • Types of Nucleic Acid Synthesis
      • Human Genome
  • Terms
      • Unique Terminology
      • Terms and Definitions
  • Specimen Collection & Handling
      • Overview
      • Specimen Collection and Handling
      • Pre-analytical Variables
      • Transport
      • Resources
  • Methodology Classifications
      • Classification
      • Classification, cont.
  • Classification Specific Procedures
      • Overview
      • Direct Nucleic Acid Testing
      • Amplified Nucleic Acid Testing
  • Procedure Principles
      • Direct Nucleic Acid Testing Principle
      • Direct Nucleic Acid Tests
      • Amplified Nucleic Acid Testing Principle
      • Amplified Nucleic Acid Tests
      • Amplification
      • Thermal Cycling
      • Amplification Issues
      • Hybridization
      • Factors Affecting Hybridization
      • Detection
  • Clinical Applications
      • Overview
      • Why Choose a Molecular Method?
      • Selection
      • When Nucleic Acids Get Altered
      • Infectious Diseases
      • Pharmacogenetics
      • Pharmacogenetics
      • Advantages of Molecular Testing
      • Disadvantages of Molecular Testing
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate

Intended Audience: Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other health care personnel who have an interest in this subject matter. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author Credentials: Lori Woeste, EdD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She holds a Masters degree in Health and a Doctorate  in curriculum and instruction. She has taught introductory and advanced courses in clinical chemistry and clinical biochemistry.
Reviewer Credentials:  Beverly Barham is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.  Dr. Barham holds a Masters degree in Public Health and Doctorate in the combined areas of molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry.  She has taught introductory and advanced courses in the Clinical Laboratory Science program including courses in immunology, immunohematology, clinical microbiology, parasitology, mycology, and advanced clinical microbiology. 
Reviewer Credentials: Jana Bagwell is an Assistant Professor in the Medical Laboratory Science program at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Bagwell is certified as a MLS generalist and ASCP certified as a Technologist in Molecular Biology. Her emphasis in teaching is molecular diagnostics, biochemistry and hematology.
Course Description: This course introduces you to the basic principles of molecular diagnostics and the associated terminology. Several direct and amplified nucleic acid test methods are presented and clinical applications are discussed.

How to Subscribe
Single online course$20
Add to cart
  • Order for instant access through any computer, any browser.
  • No shipping, faxing, or waiting for certificates.
  • Print or save your certificate of completion as soon as you've completed the course.
  • You'll have 90 days to complete your purchased courses.
Course provided by LabCE.

ASCLS CE's design and platform are provided by MediaLab, Inc.