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Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Storrs, CT, United States
DGS is the abbreviation for Diagnostic Genetic Sciences. It is a competitive educational and training program in genetic testing and includes Cytogenetics and Molecular diagnostics .
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The mission of the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Program is to prepare graduates for careers as integral members of laboratory teams by providing them with didactic and clinical experiences leading to the acquisition of knowledge and technical skills suitable for attaining minimum competency as genetics laboratorians, as defined by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and for the pursuit of research that will result in advancement of the body of knowledge in the genetic sciences.

DGS Grads are eligible for employment as cytogenetic technologists and molecular technologists, both rated as “Bright Outlook” professions by US Dept of Labor. Genetic Technologists are the men and women on the front line of clinical testing, responsible for providing efficient and accurate results for patients and consumers. In CT, technologists work in diagnostic laboratories at Hartford Hospital or UConn Health or at diagnostic companies such as Genesys, AmeriPath Northeast or LabCorp Dianon. Genetic technologists are also needed in research laboratories at Jackson Laboratories, Yale University School of Medicine, Pfizer, and Mt. Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory. There is room for advancement to supervisory and management positions with Master's degrees and/or years of experience. Most clinical laboratories require ASCP certification or certification eligibility for initial employment.


Both concentrations are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medical Cytogenetics
  • Laboratory in Cytogenetics
  • Microscopy and Chromosome Imaging
  • Current Genetic Research
  • Cancer Cytogenetics
  • Diagnostic Molecular Technologies
  • Laboratory in Molecular Diagnostics
  • Case Studies in Molecular Pathology
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Genetics

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General Requirements

  • A Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
  • $80 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Essay & Two Optional Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Secondary School Transcripts
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Fine Arts Applicants
  • Special Program Applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35216 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35216 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12848 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Storrs

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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