Participating institutions

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The Department of Microbiology at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has been recognized by the University of Wisconsin System as a "Center of Excellence" for microbiology training. The Departments of Biology and Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offer the Masters of Biology degree with a concentration in Clinical Microbiology. The clinical microbiology course work is offered through the Department of Microbiology and is taught primarily by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse faculty, with some guest lecturers from the clinical partners in the Clinical Microbiology Program. The clinical rotations are done at the sites of our clinical partners: 

Note that since the clinical sites charge UWL for training students, additional fees must be passed on to our master's students. For the three clinical rotations, these fees total $3922 (2017/18 academic year pricing). 

Gundersen Health System Laboratory Research

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse is dedicated to patient care, medical education, and research. It is the Western Clinical Campus of the University of Wisconsin Medical School and has been named one of the nation's top 100 medical centers. During Clinical Practicum I at Gundersen Health system, students develop proficiency in:

  • Specimen collection and processing 
  • Bacteriology (General and Anaerobic)
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • Clinical parasitology
  • Mycology
  • Immunology
  • Infection Control
  • Regulatory governance of laboratories

Students may also experience Clinical Practicum II (described below for Marshfield Clinic) at Gundersen Health System

Marshfield Clinic

Marshfield Clinic serves patients from central and northern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Marshfield Laboratories, the largest reference laboratory in Wisconsin, has been recognized as one of the top ten "most computer-advanced labs in America". During Clinical Practicum II at Marshfield Clinic and Laboratories (in Marshfield, WI) students will develop understanding in:

  • Molecular diagnostics
    • PCR methodologies
    • Clinical application of molecular diagnostics
    • Development of molecular assays
  • Molecular lab operations
  • Molecular epidemiology

Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories

Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories (WDL) is located on the campus of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. WDL provides full laboratory services to Froedtert Hospital.  In addition, WDL services community-based clinics, physicians, government agencies and is a reference laboratory to a number of hospital laboratories throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  They perform over 5 million tests annually with testing capabilities that match some of the largest laboratories in the world.  WDL is dedicated to optimizing patient care by providing patient-centric, high quality, innovative, clinical laboratory testing. As an academically-affiliated clinical laboratory with access to subspecialty pathology, they offer nationally recognized pathology services and a comprehensive test compendium, ranging from chemistry and hematology to flow cytometry and cytogenetics, as well as molecular diagnostics.  Through a partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, they also offer genomic testing and dermatopathology, making them unique to other laboratories.

During Clinical Practicum II at Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories (in Milwaukee, WI) students will develop understanding in:

  • Molecular diagnostics
    • PCR methodologies
    • Clinical application of molecular diagnostics
    • Development of molecular assays
  • Molecular laboratory operations
  • Molecular epidemiology

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH), housed on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the public health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin. Students will work closely with State Department of Health personnel in the following areas:

  • Mycobacteriology
  • Foodborne and Waterborne Infections
  • Outbreak Investigation
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism