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Biotechnology Laboratory Technology


Biotechnology laboratory technology programs prepare people to work with biologists and biotechnicians in research laboratories.

Biotechnology laboratory technology programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in biotechnology laboratory technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in biotechnology laboratory technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

You may also be required to pass proficiency tests in algebra, English, and biology.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Many programs also require that you take general education courses in areas such as composition, the humanities, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Almost all programs include a practicum or clinical rotation in their curriculum. Possible ways to apply biotechnology extend throughout many different fields, from agriculture to pharmaceuticals. The practicums are valuable hands-on opportunities to use your knowledge and skills within these different biotechnological settings.

Things to Know

A certificate or associate degree in biotechnology prepares you to work in a lab as a technician.


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