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Clinical Biochemistry Graduate Certificate Requirements

Offered by the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, the certificate program in Clinical Biochemistry is designed for individuals seeking to obtain skills applicable in a clinical setting. Students obtain practical training along with background theory to aid in sample handling, routine testing, quality control, and laboratory administration.

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution who have completed one year of calculus and one year of laboratory science (biology, chemistry, geology, or physics).

Career Opportunities

The graduate certificate will assist professionals in the clinical laboratory who are seeking job advancement. The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Biochemistry will be of interest to recent Bachelors degree graduates who seek entrance into professional fields such as medicine or dentistry. Students who wish to pursue advanced study at the doctoral level will gain valuable preparation from this course of study.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved coursework with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. A certificate student who subsequently applies to and is admitted to a master's degree program at AU will only be allowed to apply approved coursework in which he/she has earned a "B" grade or higher to the master's degree program.

  • Students in certificate programs must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.

    Course Requirements Core (9 credit hours)

    • CHEM-606 Trace Analysis (3)

    • CHEM-636 Clinical Laboratory: Analysis, Quality Assurance, and Control (3)

    CHEM-668 Medical Biochemistry (3)

    Electives (6 credit hours)

    • CHEM-605 Separation Science (3)

    • CHEM-624 Application of Spectroscopy in Medicinal Chemistry (3)

    • CHEM-633 Protein Chemistry (3)

    • CHEM-642 Chemical and Enzyme Kinetics (3)

    • CHEM-679 Chemical Warfare Agents (3)

    • BIO-501 Mechanisms of Pathogenesis (3)

    • BIO-687 Genomics (3)

    • HPRM-625 Nutrition Epidemiology & Research Methods (3)

      The 6 credit hours may include up to 3 credit hours from the following:

    • CHEM-691 Internship (1-3)

    • HPRM-665 Assessment and Evaluation of Health Fitness Parameters (3)

    • HPRM-681 Research Methodology (3)