Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant

Technical Diploma

Program number: 300071

Credits: 9

Area of Study: Science, Math and Natural Resources

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $1,228.50
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant Diploma is on a career pathway that includes a Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate degree, baccalaureate degree, and graduate school degree. The courses in the diploma program serve as part of the first year of the Associate in Applied Science in Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Degree. With the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


Applicants should be aware that Madison College is not able to award financial aid for this program. 

To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 14 29
    Number of Surveys Sent 14 29
    Number of Surveys Returned 11 25
    Percent of Surveys Returned 78.60% 86.20%
    Available for Employment 3 8
    Percent Available for Employment 50.00% 61.50%
    Not in Labor Market 8 17
    Percent Not in Labor Market 133.30% 130.80%
    Available for Employment

    2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 3 5
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 62.50%
    Employed in Related Occupation 1 2
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 33.30% 40.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 33.30% 40.00%
    Employed - No Response 1 1
    Percent Employed - No Response 33.30% 20.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 3
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 37.50%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 4 3.4 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 6 13
    Very Satisfied 6 7
    Percent Very Satisfied 100.00% 53.80%
    Satisfied 0 5
    Percent Satisfied 0.00% 38.50%
    Unsatisfied 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 7.70%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 11 25
    Preparation for Getting a Job 1 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 9.10% 8.00%
    Career Change 2 2
    Percent Career Change 18.20% 8.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 4.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 7 20
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 63.60% 80.00%
    Personal Interest 1 0
    Percent Personal Interest 9.10% 0.00%
    Other 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 2
    Before Enrollment 1 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 50.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 1 2
    Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 100.00%
    After Training at the College 0 0
    Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 0.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 3 5
    In College District 2 4
    Percent In College District 66.70% 80.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 1
    Percent Location Unknown 33.30% 20.00%
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  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
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    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    UW - Madison Laboratory Technician

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