Make Healthcare More Personalized
Anticipate and understand how to use the latest techniques influencing medical research, patient care, population health, and drug development with an online Master’s in Precision Medicine from ACU. A flexible format better accommodates your schedule, while our vibrant, virtual Christ-centered community fosters and supports your personal and career success.
Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire graduate degree.
About the Program
The Master of Science in Precision Medicine will provide students with both theory and skills to apply the latest molecular diagnostic techniques and analytics procedures to assist in the planning and implementation of precise treatment protocols for patients confronting serious illness, as well as a foundation for effective laboratory management. As a fully online program, you will gain knowledge and skills in this rapidly evolving field while continuing in your current profession.
All the Details on Your Degree
Learn how to use and apply emerging data science and genomic technologies in your respective area of the healthcare field. As you grow your scientific and operational expertise, you’ll further participate in research involving data and literature under the guidance of an experienced mentor that results in a report and presentation.
Earn a certificate while completing your master’s degree.
While enrolled in our Master of Science in Precision Medicine program, you will also earn a graduate-level Certificate in Precision Medicine. Earn this valuable credential as you progress through your degree at no additional cost.
2 year timeframe
Histopathology and Molecular Biology of Cancer
Applied Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Analysis
Advanced Strategies in Clinical Biomarker Development/Use
The Immune System and its Role in Precision Medicine
Upcoming Start Dates
April 30, 2024
June 25, 2024
Common Job Titles
Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician
Histotechnologist and Technician
Pharmacology Laboratory Technician
Natural Science Research Manager
Over 35 credit hours, the curriculum for the online Master’s in Precision Medicine explores genetics-related topics and introduces you to tools for gathering and analyzing data for diagnostic, treatment, and research purposes. You’ll learn about:
- fundamental cancer theory and image analysis techniques in histopathology;
- the focus of drug development for precision medicine and pharmaceutical research;
- technical competencies for genetics laboratory operation and management, including reporting, ethics, financial, and sustainability best practices;
- Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms, methods, and applications;
- concepts, laboratory techniques, and other skills involved in applied medical genetics, with emphasis given to cancer genes;
- regulatory and payment guidelines for diagnostic laboratories;
- clinical biomarkers for examining biological processes and responses in molecular medicine;
- precision medicine data analysis techniques, including data mining, statistical analysis, and machine learning to extract information for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic purposes;
- research design principles used in clinical laboratories and drug development; and
- personalized medicine strategies involving the immune system, immunology, pathophysiology, and drug development and treatment.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Jon Wiener, Master of Science in Precision Medicine
Dr. Jon R. Wiener is an assistant professor and program director of Precision Medicine in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at ACU Online. Jon received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Virginia, all degrees specializing in the structure and pathogenesis of infectious mammalian viruses.
Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University in the evolution of viral genomes, he stayed on as a junior faculty member at Duke in the Departments of Surgery and Ob-Gyn where his research centered on the molecular biology of Human Breast and Ovarian Cancer pathogenesis and metastasis. He subsequently moved to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where his research in Ovarian Cancer continued, and he became the Dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for ten years. A subsequent move to Asheville, NC resulted in being a community college dean: 7 years as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and 5 years as Dean of Allied Health.
He is the author of 36 peer-reviewed papers, six book chapters, and 28 meeting abstracts. His hobbies include teaching martial arts, playing the guitar, and spending time with family and friends.
Student Spotlight: Katrina Pfefferle
If there’s one thing Katrina Pfefferle wants everyone to know, it is that it’s never too late to find your purpose and place in this world. As both a highly motivated lab manager at Caris Life Sciences and current student in the Master of Science in Precision Medicine program, Katrina is passionate about telling anyone that they, too, can achieve their academic goals. All it takes is to let go and let life take you there.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Allison Sherier
Working as a scientist at Caris Life Sciences and adjunct professor in the Precision Medicine program at ACU Online, Dr. Allison Sherier is highly interested in furthering both the educational development of her fellow Caris colleagues as well as graduate students interested in oncological research. As part of the growing Precision Medicine program, Dr. Sherier is deeply invested in seeing how her courses can impact students to become driven researchers dedicated to advancing cancer science and treatments.
Faculty Spotlight: Jon Wiener
Dr. Jon Wiener is one of the country’s leading minds in cancer research and microbiology. From leading teams at world-class medical centers to serving as an academic dean to teaching biology at local community colleges, all of these opportunities have led Jon to his current position as the program director for Precision Medicine at ACU Online. Jon is hyper-focused on building a program that equips dedicated scientists and researchers in the collaborative efforts of technology and medicine to prevent and detect cancer and other illnesses early on.
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