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Biotechnology Post-Baccalaureate
Program Number: 900071CERT
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Area of Study:
Science, Math and Natural Resources
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
15 Credits | Finish in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    Congrats on your bachelor's degree! Madison College's Biotechnology Post-baccalaureate Traditional Certificate offers hands-on training needed to be successful in today's biotech job market.

    Program Courses

    Courses stress the workplace skills and biotechnology techniques valued by biotech industry partners. In addition to practicing work-place communication, you can develop technical skills in: 

    • Introducing genes into bacteria
    • Performing PCR
    • Purifying proteins
    • Working with mammalian cell culture
    • Learning about bioinformatics

    All of our courses are taught in fully equipped laboratories that allow you access to the supplies and equipment used in industry.

    The Biotechnology Post-baccalaureate Certificate is designed to be:

    • Flexible: Finish in as little as one semester or take courses over several years. Contact us to help you design a plan that fits your needs and lifestyle.
    • Individualized: Choose courses that focus on a single area or create a program that gives you broad training.

    Biotech Post-baccalaureate students vary in age, experience, academic background and career goals but share the ambition to apply science to solve problems. 

    Program Prerequisites

    • Bachelor's degree in a life science (other degrees may be considered for admission with additional course work) 

    Program Details

    ​Students in the Biotech Post-baccalaureate Certificate can attend full or part time.

    Biotech Post-baccalaureate certificate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Earning your Biotech Post-baccalaureate Certificate at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work in:  

    • Research Scientists
    • Entry-level Scientists
    • Associate Scientists
    • Process Scientists
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Quality Assurance
    • Laboratory Supervisor
    • Team Leader 

    Over 90% of students receive employment offers before completing their certificate. Graduates are employed at dozens of companies, government labs and academic settings in the Madison area. They work in research, production and quality environments.  

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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    In addition, participants choose a minimum of 12 additional credits from the following list:
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    4 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

      Spring Application Dates

      • Application open
      • Application completion deadline is March 15, 2024

      Fall Application Dates

      • Application available on February 1
      • Application completion deadline is October 15, 2024

      Admission Requirements

      All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

      Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and show completion of the following criteria within the last seven years:

      • Bachelor's degree in a biological or life science
      • One semester of college chemistry
      • One semester of college biology 

      Additional Notes

      • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
      • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
      • This certificate fills on a first-come, first-served basis; once capacity has been reached, it does not maintain a waitlist 
      • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

      After Acceptance

      Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


      Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.  

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      Get Started!

      Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Biotechnology Post-Baccalaureate career.

      It's Free to Apply

    • Transfer Opportunities

      UW System Schools

      Students participating in this agreement will complete at least 90 credits of baccalaureate work at UWP and may begin the Madison College Biotechnology Intensive post-baccalaureate certificate provided they have met the application requirements. Successfully completed coursework will transfer to UWP and count as credit toward the undergraduate degree granted by UWP.
    • Career Outcomes

      The certificate curriculum includes eight courses from the Biotechnology Lab Technician program. Students may elect to take either Cell Culturing, 10-007-123, or Protein Bioseparations Methods, 10-007-122. All other courses in the curriculum, or their equivalent from another college, are required to obtain a certificate. The curriculum may be completed in two semesters or longer.

      Students completing this certificate will have the laboratory skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment in biotechnology laboratories in both the public and private sector. Students are required to meet with the program director for advising and course scheduling plans.

      This certificate is perfect for individuals who have a theoretical bioscience background but need biotechnology laboratory skills in order to improve employment prospects. 

    Ready to get started?
    Your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply, so get started today!
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