Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 300071

Credits: 9

Area of Study: Science, Math and Natural Resources

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $1,269.00
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.


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 2021-2022 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

    Number of Program Graduates292411
    Number of Surveys Sent292411
    Number of Surveys Returned25221
    Percent of Surveys Returned86.2%91.7%9.1%
    Available for Employment880
    Percent Available for Employment61.5%61.5%0.0%
    Not in Labor Market17131
    Percent Not in Labor Market130.8%100.0%100.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed570
    Percent of Graduates Employed62.5%87.5%
    Employed in Related Occupation240
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation40.0%57.1%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation230
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation40.0%42.9%
    Employed - No Response100
    Percent Employed - No Response20.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment310
    Percent Seeking Employment37.5%12.5%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.43.53
    Number of Satisfaction Responses13131
    Very Satisfied (4)760
    Percent Very Satisfied53.8%46.2%0.0%
    Satisfied (3)571
    Percent Satisfied38.5%53.8%100.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)100
    Percent Very Unsatisfied7.7%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses25221
    Preparation for Getting a Job270
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job8.0%31.8%0.0%
    Career Change220
    Percent Career Change8.0%9.1%0.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills110
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills4.0%4.5%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education20100
    Percent Preparation for Further Education80.0%45.5%0.0%
    Personal Interest021
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%9.1%100.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses270
    Before Enrollment010
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%14.3%
    While Attending the College240
    Percent While Attending the College100.0%57.1%
    After Training at the College020
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%28.6%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses580
    In College District450
    Percent In College District80.0%62.5%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District010
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%12.5%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown120
    Percent Location Unknown20.0%25.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count2
    Average Monthly Wage$2,795
    Average Hourly Wage$16.25
    Average Work Hours per Week40.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
    Average Hourly Wage$16.45
    Average Work Hours per Week14.5
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    ABS Global System Technician Windsor
    Ayala Intern
    Exact Sciences Specimen Processor Associate
    United Vaccines Lab Technician Verona

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