Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Program Clinicals

Whether you enroll in the undergraduate major or in the post-baccalaureate 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.

How does the clinical placement work?

  • Students call, video conference, or visit the affiliated laboratory sites
  • Each student then submits a ‘preference list’ during the semester before their clinical rotation
  • A student is ‘matched’ with a site that has a valid agreement (contract) with the University at the time of the placement decision
  • The DGS faculty work together to match each student as closely as possible with the student’s preferred site
  • The practicum time frame is typically January to May, but in some cases students are ‘off-cycle’ in which the practicum is from September to January

Once matched, the student is responsible for:

  • Locating housing
  • Transportation
  • Parking costs
  • Housing costs
  • University tuition for 15-16 credits clinical/practicum coursework
  • University fees

Current Clinical Affiliation Sites (list not complete and is subject to change)

  • Hartford Hospital (Hartford, CT)
  • Baystate Health (Holyoke, MA)
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH)
  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
  • PathGroup (Nashville, TN)
  • Sema4 (Branford, CT)
  • Sentara Laboratory Services (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Shodair Children’s Hospital (Helena, MT)
  • University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, CT)

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, pass 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. If you have any questions regarding background checks or drug screenings, you can contact UConn's Clinical Case Manager at clinicalcasemanager@uconn.edu.