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Diagnostics’ Role In Medicine Today

Diagnostics’ Role In Medicine Today introduces the ever-expanding molecular diagnostics industry. This class defines the groundbreaking field of qualitative and quantitative biomarker measurements. These crucial measurements help identify diseases, select treatments, and monitor chosen therapies. Get ready to explore a wide range of foundational diagnostics used in both research and clinical settings, such as immunochemistry, microbiology, and infectious disease diagnostics. The course ends by focusing on companion diagnostics. The showstopper is a culminating case study on HER2 cancer/Herceptin that highlights real-world evidence of how companion diagnostics help patients receive appropriate therapy. Learn foundational concepts applied in the research and clinic settings and become diagnostic proficient―enroll today!

Section 1: Defining Diagnostic

Explains how biomarkers are used in molecular diagnostics to measure patient body chemistry and function that may or may not lead to disease.

Section 2: Types of Diagnostics

States the purpose for the different types of diagnostics including chemistry, immunochemistry, hematology, cytology, microbiology, infectious disease, imaging, and molecular testing. 

Section 3: Companion Diagnostics

Links DNA mutations and disease to the development and workings of companion diagnostics.

Five Takeaways


  1. Cite how biomarkers are used in molecular diagnostics.
  2. Describe the qualitative and quantitative measurements used by diagnostics to assess disease.
  3. List each diagnostic category and identify the primary purpose of each.
  4. Explain how companion diagnostics take advantage of a patient’s genetic variation.
  5. Connect diagnostics to improved disease treatment through personalized medicine.


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  • Transcripts in English, Spanish, French, French Canadian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Standard Arabic
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  • Corporate account upgrades
  • LinkedIn certificate attachment
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  • How long do I have to complete an on-demand course?  You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. During that year, you may watch the class an unlimited number of times.
  • What happens if I don’t complete the course in one year?  There are no time extensions. If you want to complete the course, you must purchase it again.
  • How long are the on-demand classes?  Our longest course has a running time of 90 minutes. However, most have a running time of 45 minutes.  The running time is listed for each class on its registration page. The assessment at the end of each course takes between 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • Are there any downloadable class materials? No. All course slides and transcripts remain on your Biotech Primer dashboard, but they are always available for review.
  • What is the format of the on-demand classes?  The online class begins with the class objectives and the course itself and ends with a summary of what you learned. The course is a series of images and text accompanied by a professional voice-over and subtitles. Subtitles are available in 9 languages. The course ends with a quiz to assess your understanding.
  • Can I repeat the course?  You can repeat the course as often as you like within your one-year access.
  • How many times can I take the course quiz?  You have three chances to pass the quiz. A passing score is 75% or higher. You must pass the quiz to receive the class certificate. Your quiz score will be shown on your class certificate.
  • May I share a course I purchased with others?  Each course is to be taken by one individual. If you want to learn as a group, please contact us at for group pricing.

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