Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Program Clinicals

Whether you enroll in the undergraduate major or in the certificate program, you will complete a clinical rotation at an affiliated laboratory working under the supervision of certified technologists. This practicum is built into the curriculum, so all students are guaranteed placement in an affiliated laboratory as long as they meet all academic standards, background and drug screening requirements, and health/immunization compliance requirements.

Clinical Placement Process

  • Students call, video conference, or visit the affiliated laboratory sites
  • Students submit a preference list during the semester before their clinical rotation
  • DGS faculty work together to match each student as closely as possible with the student’s preferred site
  • Students are matched with a site
  • The practicum time frame is typically January to May, but in some cases they may take place from September to January

Once matched, the student is responsible for:

  • Housing (location and cost)
  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • University tuition for 15-16 credits clinical/practicum coursework
  • University fees

Important Clinical Compliance Information

You are required to complete a clinical rotation in order to successfully complete the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences program. Depending on your placement, you may be required to pass a background screening, a multi-panel drug screening, and demonstrate proof of immunity to multiple diseases. If you are not able to meet these requirements, you will most likely not be able to complete the program’s clinical experience requirements. The financial costs of meeting these requirements are generally your responsibility. Contact UConn’s Clinical Case Manager at clinicalcasemanager@uconn.edu with questions.