The Biotechnology Certificate of Completion is a fast-track program that is specifically designed for students who wish to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain an entry-level position in the biotechnology industry. This degree can also benefit students who already have a science degree but lack the necessary hands-on lab skills for industry employment. After completion of this certificate, the student will have the training necessary to seek employment as a lab assistant, research assistant, media prep technician, bio-manufacturing technician, quality control technician, or documentation specialist in a biotechnology company.
- Estimated Length of Program: 1 year
- Credential Awarded: Certificate of Completion in Biotechnology
STCC was the foundation that allowed me to move on and stand a chance when I transferred to RIT. Without it, I would have been really lost.Natalie Soares, Class of 2010, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Biotechnology Certificate of Completion is a fast-track program that enables a student to acquire current biotechnology skills in one year. As the demand for employees in biotechnology increases in the greater Springfield area, there are a growing number of students who wish to complete a certificate program in biotechnology. There is also the potential for employers to want their employees to earn a certificate to update their laboratory skills. This certificate program is specifically designed for students who wish to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary for direct employment in the biotechnology industry.
The certificate consists of 28 credits with courses including biology, chemistry, and math, and several courses focusing on skills required for different jobs in biotechnology. These courses prepare the student for working in the biotechnology industry by developing the student's skills in the methodology and techniques of microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, cell culture and biotechnology. After completion of this certificate, the student should be able to seek employment as a lab assistant, research assistant, media prep technician, biomanufacturing technician, quality control technician, or documentation specialist in a biotechnology company.
Requirements for Acceptance
Students who are enrolling in the certificate program must have already met the prerequisites for enrolling in the required classes. These students may have already completed an associate or bachelor's degree, or have completed some coursework toward a degree in the biological sciences. Certain prerequisites may be waived if work experience or other circumstances warrant.
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program a Certificate of Completion in Biotechnology from STCC will be awarded. A grade of "C-" or better is required in all program courses.