Madison College's Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program offers hands-on training needed to be successful in today's biotech job market.
The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program is a good fit for recent high school graduates, professionals returning to the workforce or changing careers, or those who want to gain new skills to advance their current career.
- A high school degree, including a year of biology is required.
- A year of high school algebra and a year of high school chemistry are helpful.
- Biology, chemistry and algebra classes are offered at Madison College to help meet requirements.
Courses emphasize workplace skills in communication, safety, time management and professionalism. Classes will introduce you to technical skills in:
- Growing bacteria
- Working with DNA
- Purifying proteins
- Performing laboratory tests
- Working with mammalian cell culture
All Biotechnology Laboratory Technician students must complete an internship before they can graduate.
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 Technician program can be completed in as little as two years or up to three years. See Biotechnology Laboratory Technician - 3 year program option.
Upon graduation you can start a career or transfer to a four-year college.
Students in the Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program can attend full or part time.
Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
Earning your Associate Degree in Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:
- Biotechnology Research Technicians - Complete scientific work in academic research laboratories, government research laboratories and biotechnology companies under direct supervision.
- Biotechnology Production Technicians - Produce useful products using biological systems including bacterial and yeast cells, plants and animals.
- Laboratory Technicians - Complete scientific work and conduct experiments in research and development or production laboratories in various biological and biochemical companies and private or public agencies.
- Quality Control/Assurance Technicians - Check product performance/characteristics to ensure regulatory compliance and minimize liability using physical, chemical and biological test equipment and instrumentation to ensure that the product is within acceptable tolerance.
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Research Scientists
- Entry-level Scientists
- Associate Scientists
- Process Scientist
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.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.First SemesterChoose from one of the following courses:Second SemesterChoose from one of the following courses:Third SemesterFourth SemesterElective
3 creditsRecommended Electives
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.
Fall 2021 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2020
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2021
Spring 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2021
- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2021
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2022
- Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023
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
Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
- GED/HSED score report
- College transcript showing an associate degree or higher
3. Residency Requirement
Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
Learn more about residency determination and program availability.
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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Wisconsin SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.The terms of this agreement are limited to students who have completed an associates of applied science degree and admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.Students who complete the Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate Degree may transfer up to 61 credits from that degree to UW-Platteville to be applied to the baccalaureate degree in Biology.
Non-Wisconsin SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.Students must complete the Biotechnology Laboratory Technical program at Madison College and meet the admission requirements for their intended major at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Up to 60 credits are eligible for transfer to NWHSU. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and submit all application materials by the admission deadlines established. Students who complete college algebra or higher (at Madison College) will fulfill MATH 1005 Foundations of Math. Speak with your Madison College advisor for a complete list of required courses in both academic programs.
MATC Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program graduates are prepared to:
- Follow policies and procedures when working in regulated laboratory environments.
- Demonstrate health and safety techniques.
- Demonstrate a variety of math and technical laboratory skills necessary to perform in multiple areas of the biotechnology laboratory.
- Use appropriate computer software and hardware skills to accomplish biotechnology lab tasks.
- Manage laboratory data.
- Apply active listening, oral, and written communication skills to follow procedures.
- Adhere to professional and ethical standards in the biotechnology profession.
- Demonstrate technical knowledge of specialized techniques and instrumentation.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 8 10 8 Number of Surveys Sent 8 10 8 Number of Surveys Returned 5 7 5 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 4 6 5 Percent Available for Employment 80.0% 85.7% 100.0% Not in Labor Market 1 1 0 Percent Not in Labor Market 20.0% 14.3% 0.0% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 4 5 5 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 83.3% 100.0% Employed in Related Occupation 4 4 3 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 80.0% 60.0% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 20.0% 40.0% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Seeking Employment 0 1 0 Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 16.7% 0.0% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3.9 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 5 7 5 Very Satisfied (4) 2 6 3 Percent Very Satisfied 40.0% 85.7% 60.0% Satisfied (3) 2 1 2 Percent Satisfied 40.0% 14.3% 40.0% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 5 7 5 Preparation for Getting a Job 2 4 4 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.0% 57.1% 80.0% Career Change 2 3 1 Percent Career Change 40.0% 42.9% 20.0% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 5 5 Before Enrollment 0 0 2 Percent Before Enrollment 0.0% 0.0% 40.0% While Attending the College 1 1 2 Percent While Attending the College 50.0% 20.0% 40.0% After Training at the College 1 4 1 Percent After Training at the College 50.0% 80.0% 20.0% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 4 5 5 In College District 4 3 5 Percent In College District 100.0% 60.0% 100.0% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Outside of Wisconsin 0 2 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 40.0% 0.0% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 4 2 Average Monthly Wage $2,970 $2,949 $3,010 Average Hourly Wage $17.27 $17.14 $17.50 Average Work Hours per Week 43.3 41.3 45.0 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0 0 Average Hourly Wage Average Work Hours per Week 20.0 20.0
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Aldevron Associate Scientist Merieux NutriSciences Microbiologist PPD Inc Assistant Scientist Middleton
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