Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

80%

Employed

80% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.

99%

Student Satisfaction

99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

$35k

Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $35,388.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 100072

Credits: 68

Area of Study: Science, Math and Natural Resources

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,445.20
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$1,825.30
Other Costs
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$0.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
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

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Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
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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 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.

Transfer

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 Schools

Details
Students 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.
Details
Per 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.
Details
A 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.
Details
Students 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.
Details
Student 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.
Details
The 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.
Details
Students 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 Schools

Details
Students 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.
Details
Per 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.
Details
Students 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.
Details
A 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.
Details
Franklin 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.
Details
Students 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.
Details
Students 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.
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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    201720182019
    Number of Program Graduates9810
    Number of Surveys Sent7810
    Number of Surveys Returned557
    Percent of Surveys Returned71.40%62.50%70.00%
    Available for Employment546
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%80.00%85.70%
    Not in Labor Market011
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%20.00%14.30%
    Available for Employment

    201720182019
    Graduates Employed445
    Percent of Graduates Employed80.00%100.00%83.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation444
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%100.00%80.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation001
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%20.00%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment101
    Percent Seeking Employment20.00%0.00%16.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201720182019
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.833.9
    Number of Satisfaction Responses557
    Very Satisfied (4)426
    Percent Very Satisfied80.00%40.00%85.70%
    Satisfied (3)121
    Percent Satisfied20.00%40.00%14.30%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)010
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%20.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201720182019
    Number of Primary Reason Responses557
    Preparation for Getting a Job424
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job80.00%40.00%57.10%
    Career Change123
    Percent Career Change20.00%40.00%42.90%
    Improvement of Existing Skills000
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education010
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%20.00%0.00%
    Personal Interest000
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Other000
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201720182019
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses425
    Before Enrollment000
    Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%0.00%
    While Attending the College211
    Percent While Attending the College50.00%50.00%20.00%
    After Training at the College214
    Percent After Training at the College50.00%50.00%80.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201720182019
    Number of Employment Location Responses445
    In College District443
    Percent In College District100.00%100.00%60.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District000
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin002
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%40.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count434
    Average Monthly Wage$2,924 $2,970 $2,949
    Average Hourly Wage$17.00 $17.27 $17.14
    Average Work Hours per Week41.543.341.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count0
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week20
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Research Technician
    Immucor Vialing Technician Norcross GA
    Kendrick Laboratory Lab Technician
    Merieux NutriSciences Microbiologist Lab Technician

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