Biotechnology Lab Technician, C.S.C.

Career Studies Certificate
Campuses: Offered through MA

This program is designed for persons wishing to enhance their employment options or retrain for a career as a laboratory technician in various biotechnology disciplines. Students interested in this certificate may include career changers who already have a bachelor's degree, scientists who were trained in foreign countries who need updated training, current A.S. in Science students who want to obtain a core of biotechnology courses and/or find a job in local industry while they complete their undergraduate degrees, and high school teachers who wish to refine their own biotechnology skills and obtain the required retraining necessary for continued teacher certification.

Application Process: Students applying to the Biotechnology Lab Technician Career Studies Certificate must complete all of the pre-admission requirements as outlined for the A.A.S. in Biotechnology with the exception that applications will only be accepted for students enrolling in the Fall Semester (August 1). In addition, a student must have completed a college degree (associate of science or higher). Foreign students must document the U.S. equivalent to an associate degree. Students without a science degree are strongly advised to complete the A.A.S. in Biotechnology instead of the career studies certificate. To apply to the program, please go to www.nvcc.edu/manassas/biotech.

Prerequisites: Because jobs in biotechnology generally require at least an associate degree, in a science field, students must already have a 2-year or 4-year college degree, be enrolled in the A.S. in Science, or obtain permission from the Biotechnology program coordinator in order to be placed into this program. BIO 101 General Biology I is a prerequisite of all of the biotechnology courses in this program.

Students who have degrees in non-science fields are strongly encouraged to complete the A.A.S. in Biotechnology.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
BIO 147 Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology 1
BIO 165 Principles in Regulatory and Quality Environments for Biotechnology 2
BIO 250 Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills 3
BIO 253 Biotechnology Concepts 3
1ENG/CST Elective 3
Total 12
2nd Semester
BIO 180 Introduction to Careers in Biotechnology 1
Choose One
BIO 251 Protein Applications in Biotechnology 4
BIO 252 Nucleic Acid Methods
BIO 254 Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology 2
BIO 255 Bioinformatics and Computer Applications in Biotechnology 2
Total 9
3rd Semester
2BIO 296 On-site training in Biotechnology (Biotechnology Internship)
Total 3
Total credits for the Career Studies Certificate = 24
One Year Credits
1st Semester
Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology
BIO
147
1
BIO
165
2
BIO
250
3
BIO
253
3
Elective
1ENG/CST
3
Total 12
2nd Semester
BIO
180
1
Choose One
BIO
251
4
BIO
252
BIO
254
2
BIO
255
2
Total 9
3rd Semester
On-site training in Biotechnology (Biotechnology Internship)
2BIO
296
Total 3
Total credits for the Career Studies Certificate = 24

All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA. First-time-to-college students ages 17-24 must complete an SDV course within their first year at NOVA.

1 Choose from the following courses: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, CST 229, ENG 111, ENG 115, ENG 131.

2 Students must be approved by the Biotechnology program coordinator(s) for an internship. Criteria for approval include successful completion of biotechnology courses (including a demonstrated proficiency of basic lab skills), a professional work ethic, and an ability to work well with others. Please see a Biotechnology academic advisor for assistance in determining eligibility and placement or for approval of a topic for a Project or Supervised Study.

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