Introduction to Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Testing & Viruses

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

Online- log in information will be emailed within 3 business days of registration.



Domestic: $617
International: $801


Continuous enrolment


Jean Paul Nadeau MSc, MLT

Learner Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Examine and distinguish clinical and research laboratory environments in Ontario.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic molecular biology theory including virus biology, with a focus on coronaviruses.
  • Summarize the steps in preparing a specimen for PCR and real-time PCR testing.
  • Understand how to perform and troubleshoot nucleic acid extraction, PCR and real-time PCR results.
  • Recognize and understand the importance of automation in clinical laboratories.
  • Micropipette with accuracy and precision.

Evaluation Method

Online quizzes and final exam.

Intended For

MLA’s, MLT’s, Science grads, researchers

Text Book

All materials provided online

Topics Covered

This course will provide an introduction to clinical laboratories and clinical laboratory testing, with a focus on coronavirus diagnostic testing. Content includes basic molecular biology theory and techniques, with a focus on viral molecular biology and viral nucleic acid testing. Students will learn about clinical diagnostic testing of coronavirus samples from sample receipt through to quality control and troubleshooting of real-time PCR results. These include specimen preparation, nucleic acid extraction, and real-time PCR.

Introduction to Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Testing and Viruses – UCDF110

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COVID Vaccine Requirement:

Proof of full vaccination (2 doses) for all learners is required for all onsite attendance at Michener.
Fully online courses do not require proof of vaccination.

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