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Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 100072

Overview

Madison College's Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program offers hands-on training needed to be successful in the job market.

The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Program is a good fit for recent high school graduates, or professionals returning to the workforce, changing careers or those who want to gain new skills to advance their current career.  

Program Prerequisites

  • 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.

Program Courses

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

  • Growing bacteria
  • Working with DNA
  • Purifying proteins
  • Performing laboratory tests
  • Working with mammalian cell culture

 All students complete an internship before they 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 industry.

The program can be completed in as little as two years or up to three years.

Upon graduation you can start a career or transfer to a four-year college. 

Program Details

Biotechnology Laboratory Technician is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, a post-baccalaureate certificate and an intensive post-baccalaureate certificate. All will prepare you for a good job and 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 Technician program can attend full or part time.

Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax 

This program is not offered online.

Biotechnology Laboratory Technician


Admission

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

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. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 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.

First Semester

Choose from one of the following courses:

Second Semester

Choose from one of the following courses:

Third Semester
Fourth Semester

3 credits

 

Elective

3 credits

Outcomes

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.
Careers

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. 

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