Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Associate Degree

Area of Study: Science, Math and Natural Resources

Program number: 100072


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


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 2019-2020 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.


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.

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
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 6 9 8
    Number of Surveys Sent 6 7 8
    Number of Surveys Returned 3 5 5
    Percent of Surveys Returned 50.00% 71.40% 62.50%
    Available for Employment 2 5 4
    Percent Available for Employment 66.70% 100.00% 80.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 33.30% 0.00% 20.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 2 4 4
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 80.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 2 4 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 1 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.8 3
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 3 5 5
    Very Satisfied 2 4 2
    Percent Very Satisfied 66.70% 80.00% 40.00%
    Satisfied 1 1 2
    Percent Satisfied 33.30% 20.00% 40.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 20.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 3 5 5
    Preparation for Getting a Job 1 4 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 80.00% 40.00%
    Career Change 2 1 2
    Percent Career Change 66.70% 20.00% 40.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 0 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 20.00%
    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

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 4 2
    Before Enrollment 0 0 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 2 2 1
    Percent While Attending the College 100.00% 50.00% 50.00%
    After Training at the College 0 2 1
    Percent After Training at the College 0.00% 50.00% 50.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 2 4 4
    In College District 2 4 4
    Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 4 3
    Average Monthly Wage $2,894 $2,924 $2,970
    Average Hourly Wage $16.83 $17.00 $17.27
    Average Work Hours per Week 44 41.5 43.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week 20
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 92 6
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 21 1
    Total Jobs 113 7
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    ABS Global Media Prep Technician DeForest
    Catalent Biologics Quality Control Microbiology Laboratory Assistant
    Lucigen Assistant Scientist Middleton

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