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Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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All courses for this program are offered only in person.Biotechnology Laboratory Technicianhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6LcJreFnBM
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.
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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.
Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree.
After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.
Wisconsin SchoolsDetailsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.DetailsPer the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.DetailsA student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.DetailsStudents will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.DetailsStudent who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.DetailsThe terms of this agreement are limited to students who have completed an associates of applied science degree and admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.DetailsStudents who complete the Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate Degree may transfer up to 61 credits from that degree to UW-Platteville to be applied to the baccalaureate degree in Biology.
Non-Wisconsin SchoolsDetailsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.DetailsPer the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.DetailsStudents graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.DetailsA student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.DetailsFranklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.DetailsStudents will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University University.DetailsStudents must complete the Biotechnology Laboratory Technical program at Madison College and meet the admission requirements for their intended major at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Up to 60 credits are eligible for transfer to NWHSU. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and submit all application materials by the admission deadlines established. Students who complete college algebra or higher (at Madison College) will fulfill MATH 1005 Foundations of Math. Speak with your Madison College advisor for a complete list of required courses in both academic programs.
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.
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
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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