Associate in Science
The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program prepares students both for employment and for advanced degrees in the life sciences. The program provides students with a solid academic foundation and hands-on skills in biotechnology. The degree is intended for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree in preparation for entering the biotechnology or analytical workforce, or for entering a bachelor’s degree program in the life sciences.
The Biotechnology Laboratory Technology program is an A.S. degree program consisting of classroom, laboratory and worksite instruction. The program prepares individuals for entry-level employment as a biotechnology research technician, biotechnology manufacturing technician, biotechnology testing technician and cell culture technician by providing them with the following skills: formulating chemical solutions; performing assays and recombinant DNA techniques; culturing organisms; purifying and characterizing DNA, RNA, and proteins; isolating and preparing samples for analyses; and collecting and assessing data.
Students develop essential work skills such as professional behavior and appearance, dependability, ethics, following directions, and team work.
A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.
Two technical certificates are available within this degree program: Biotechnology Specialist (Manufacturing) (6198) (T.C.) and Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist (Health Science) (6199) (T.C.) . Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for a technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate, please contact an advisor to do so.
This program includes on-site training with a Northeast Florida manufacturer or medical research center, or a directed study project with college faculty.
Biotechnology is a $500 billion per year industry. North Florida is home to dozens of companies involved in laboratory technology or biomanufacturing. Your degree program readies you for entry-level positions as biotechnology research technicians, biotechnology manufacturing technicians, testing laboratory technicians, or cell culture technicians.
Biotechnologists are employed as laboratory technicians by clinical research and pharmaceutical drug development laboratories, or analytical laboratories, such as Mayo Clinic, UF Shands, or Eurofins. Students will also have great opportunities in forensic investigation, environmental improvement and protection, and agricultural product enhancement to feed an expanding global population.
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