School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant

Embedded Technical Diploma

Program number: 300071


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 or Applied Bioscience Essentials at Madison College.
  • 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.



The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2018-2019 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.



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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