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Certificate in Laboratory Operations

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Professional success and upward mobility in the applied sciences sector requires not only mastery of relevant subject matters and laboratory skills, but also training in and fluency with management and operations in the applied sciences setting.

The Graduate Certificate in Laboratory Operations provides students with training in laboratory administration, project management, data interpretation and statistics, as well as, familiarity with common legal and ethical implications in the applied laboratory field. This curriculum is designed to give graduates the additional skills they need to rise to leadership positions in a variety of laboratory settings so that they can lead the lab.

As a result of this graduate certificate students will be able to:
        • Gain and employ managerial skills required for research laboratory project 
          management and administration
        • Develop effective communication skills for the dissemination of scientific
          knowledge through written, oral and multimedia/technology-based formats


Students can complete the certificate program or use their certificate coursework to continue at Bay Path to complete the MS IN APPLIED LABORATORY SCIENCE AND OPERATIONS degree. 

12 Credit Certificate - 4 Required Core Courses

ASO 610 Ethical and Legal Issues in Applied Sciences - This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the practical applications managing an applied science laboratory. Topics such as budgeting, resource allocation, managing personnel, issues involving facilities and safety agency compliance, dealing with outside agencies, and other pertinent issues will be discussed.

ASO 645 Laboratory Science Administration  - This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the practical applications managing an applied science laboratory. Topics such as budgeting, resource allocation, managing personnel, issues involving facilities and safety agency compliance, dealing with outside agencies, and other pertinent issues will be discussed.

ASO 665 Statistics and Advanced DNA Analysis - Combines the latest techniques in DNA analysis including mitochondrial DNA sequencing, YSTR typing, and sequence homology analysis with statistical principles used for the specific tests as well as for research and validation projects. Additional subjects may include low-copy number analysis and degraded sample interpretation.

INF 642 Project Management - Students focus on project management through critical examination of project planning, design, production, documentation, and presentation techniques. The course distinguishes among the three primary purposes of project management: (1) planning and scheduling project tasks, (2) critical diagnosis and prediction of success or failure in meeting schedules, and (3) estimation of requirements for the project. Topics include: problem identification and definition, project design and analysis, feasibility measures, project charting methods (PERT, GANTT, CPM), process documentation techniques, information modeling, project design specifications and error diagnosis, and task monitoring. Various software packages are used as tools to assist in all phases of project management, development, and presentation.


The Certificate in Laboratory Operations has the following prerequisites: 

  • A Bachelor of Science in a natural science (such as, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.) is required
  • Successful completion of the following (or equivalent) courses (undergraduate or graduate level) or industry related work experience (to be approved by the program director) are highly recommended for admission to the certificate program:
              • Two semesters of General Biology or General Chemistry or Physics
              • Statistics