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Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant
Program Number: 300071
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Science, Math and Natural Resources
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
9 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    Madison College's Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant Diploma offers hands-on training needed for successful entry into today's biotech job market.

    The Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant Diploma is a good fit for recent high school graduates, professionals returning to the workforce or changing careers, or those looking to start a career in biotechnology while continuing their education.  

    Diploma Program Preparation

    • A year of high school biology.
    • A year of high school chemistry or General Chemistry at Madison College. 

    Program Courses

    Courses emphasize workplace skills in communication, safety, time management and professionalism. Classes will introduce you to technical skills in:

    • Working aseptically
    • Making media and solutions
    • Growing bacteria in culture
    • Maintaining proper documentation
    • Basic laboratory instrumentation

    Courses are developed with local industry advice and are taught in fully-equipped laboratories that allow you access to the supplies and equipment used in the biotech industry.

    The Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant Diploma can be completed in two semesters.

    Upon graduation, you can start a biotechnology career in an entry level support position in the industry. 

    Program Details

    Students in the Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant embedded technical diploma can attend full or part-time.

    Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant classes may be offered at these Madison College Campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    The Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant Diploma curriculum provides students with appropriate background knowledge and hands-on experience to perform entry level support tasks in the Biotechnology Industry such as maintaining a clean and/or sterile work environment, working aseptically, working safely, working in collaborative teams, making solutions, and producing and maintaining proper documentation

    Earning your Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant embedded technical diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work in: 

    • Lab Assistant: monitoring equipment; sample preparation; glassware; media and solution preparation.
    • Biological Science Aide: instrumentation; glassware; stocks and supplies; set up and takedown of experiments; sample preparation.
    • Laboratory Support Technician: maintenance of lab systems and resources; preparation of laboratory reagents and solutions.
    • Lab Operations Associate: reagent production and testing; assist in process and method development, characterization, and validation; materials management; packaging, shipping, receiving, and distribution of goods and supplies.

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Laboratory technicians
    • Production technicians
    • QA/QC technicians

    Over 90% of Madison Area Technical College Biotech students are placed in related jobs. Graduates have worked in more than 50 different companies in the Dane County area. 

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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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.

  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, 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.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant embedded technical diploma graduates are prepared to:

    • Follow policies and procedures in regulated laboratory environments.
    • Follow health and safety protocols.
    • Demonstrate a variety of math and laboratory skills.
    • Apply active listening, oral, and written communication skills to follow procedures.
    • Adhere to professional and ethical standards in the biotechnology profession.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 24 11 9
      Number of Surveys Sent 24 11 9
      Number of Surveys Returned 22 1 9
      Percent of Surveys Returned 91.70% 9.10% 100.00%
      Available for Employment 8 0 1
      Percent Available for Employment 61.50% 0.00% 100.00%
      Not in Labor Market 13 1 8
      Percent Not in Labor Market 100.00% 100.00% 800.00%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 7 0 1
      Percent of Graduates Employed 87.50% 100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation 4 0 0
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 57.10% 0.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 0 1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 42.90% 100.00%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 1 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 12.50% 0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3 3
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 13 1 1
      Very Satisfied (4) 6 0 0
      Percent Very Satisfied 46.20% 0.00% 0.00%
      Satisfied (3) 7 1 1
      Percent Satisfied 53.80% 100.00% 100.00%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 22 1 9
      Preparation for Getting a Job 7 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 31.80% 0.00% 0.00%
      Career Change 2 0 0
      Percent Career Change 9.10% 0.00% 0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 4.50% 0.00% 0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 10 0 9
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 45.50% 0.00% 100.00%
      Personal Interest 2 1 0
      Percent Personal Interest 9.10% 100.00% 0.00%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 7 0 1
      Before Enrollment 1 0 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 14.30% 0.00%
      While Attending the College 4 0 0
      Percent While Attending the College 57.10% 0.00%
      After Training at the College 2 0 1
      Percent After Training at the College 28.60% 100.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 8 0 1
      In College District 5 0 1
      Percent In College District 62.50% 100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 12.50% 0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 25.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2
      Average Monthly Wage $2,795
      Average Hourly Wage $16.25
      Average Work Hours per Week 40
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
      Average Hourly Wage $16.45
      Average Work Hours per Week 14.5
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