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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 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.  

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 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.

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for Biotechnology Laboratory Technician.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Biotechnology Laboratory Technician


Admission

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. 

Questions?

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

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.

First Semester






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Second Semester





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Third Semester







Fourth Semester



3 credits


 

Elective

3 credits


Recommended Electives




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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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    68
    Tuition
    $9125.60
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $1853.50
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $10979.10
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 11 6 9
    Number of Surveys Sent 11 6 7
    Number of Surveys Returned 10 3 5
    Percent of Surveys Returned 90.90% 50.00% 71.40%
    Available for Employment 9 2 5
    Percent Available for Employment 90.00% 66.70% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 1 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 10.00% 33.30% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 9 2 4
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 80.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 9 2 4
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 20.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.7 3.8
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 10 3 5
    Very Satisfied 5 2 4
    Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 66.70% 80.00%
    Satisfied 5 1 1
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 33.30% 20.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 10 3 5
    Preparation for Getting a Job 6 1 4
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 60.00% 33.30% 80.00%
    Career Change 4 2 1
    Percent Career Change 40.00% 66.70% 20.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9 2 4
    Before Enrollment 0 0 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 7 2 2
    Percent While Attending the College 77.80% 100.00% 50.00%
    After Training at the College 2 0 2
    Percent After Training at the College 22.20% 0.00% 50.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 9 2 4
    In College District 7 2 4
    Percent In College District 77.80% 100.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 11.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 11.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 2 4
    Average Monthly Wage $2,705 $2,894 $2,924
    Average Hourly Wage $15.72 $16.83 $17.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 42.9 44 41.5
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
    Average Hourly Wage $18.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 30
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 85 2
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 20 3
    Total Jobs 105 5
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Catalent Pharma Solutions Laboratory Associate
    Dupont Laboratory Technician
    PPD Development Laboratory Support Technician Middleton
    Varigen Biosciences Assistant Scientist

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu