Biotechnology

Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work in a biotech lab. Learn to analyze DNA, generate cell cultures, document your findings and more.

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What is Biotechnology?

The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician AAS program provides the basic knowledge and laboratory skills needed to prepare for entry level jobs in university, government, pharmaceutical or industrial biotechnology laboratories. Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in biotechnology laboratories such as biomanufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, research and development, and regulatory bioscience. The program has been designed to develop skills in basic analysis of biological molecules (DNA and proteins), use of bioreactors, recombinant DNA technology, generation of cell cultures, immunological method applications, regulatory compliance (GMPs and GLPs), accurate documentation, and laboratory safety skills. The Basic Biotechnician certificate introduces hands-on laboratory training needed for entry-level employment in a biotechnological laboratory. The Advanced Biotechnician certificate provides practical laboratory skills to supplement theoretical knowledge to improve employability in the biotechnology industry. Some courses are dual credit and college credit can be earned while students are enrolled in secondary school.

Enroll in Biotechnology at BCTC!

Do you want to discover alternative energy sources? Search for cures to diseases? Protect the environment? Help feed the world?

The Biotechnology program at BCTC is for students who want to learn more about the world around them and how to improve it through science.

Our students develop a knowledge of technical practices and laboratory skills while learning about the latest technologies. Lab activities include DNA manipulation, genome exploration, biofuel production, and molecular gastronomy. Students also have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge scientific research and participate in science outreach in the community.

Biotechnicians are in demand! In Lexington, biotechnician jobs are expected to increase by more than 17% in the next 10 years and job growth of around 12% is predicted for the state of Kentucky.

Get started with Biotechnology!

BCTC has the only two-year Biotechnology program in Kentucky. Courses in this program emphasize laboratory skills in developing fields such as genetics, biomanufacturing, immunology, and green chemistry.

BCTC has close ties with the University of Kentucky’s Medical Laboratory Science and Agricultural Biotechnology Sciences programs and local employers. Program graduates have a 95% placement rate between industry and transfer to a four-year school.

Our Biotechnology graduates work as:
  • lab technicians
  • research assistants
  • quality assurance analysts
  • cell culture specialists
  • biofuel technicians
  • scientific writers
  • bioinformatics analysts

Graduates work for local companies including Alltech, Catalent, Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals, Equine Diagnostics, EKU, UK, FermSolutions, and Neogen.

Contact Deborah Davis, PhD, for more information about BCTC’s Biotechnology Program: Deborah.Davis@kctcs.edu / (859) 246-6451

Program Website

Visit the program website to learn more about degree requirements, program faculty, career opportunities, and more.

What are my career choices?

Projected occupational growth from 2012-2020 is much faster than average when compared to other occupations (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor). When comparing percent of growth Kentucky ranks #1 in employment trends by state for Medical Equipment Repairers.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared for immediate employment as an entry-level healthcare technology management professional and may pursue employment with a number of employers including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, home health equipment companies, third-party medical equipment service providers, and medical equipment manufacturers.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

AAS

Biotechnology Lab Technician (PDF) (Word)

Certificate

Advanced Biotechnician (PDF) (Word)
Basic Biotechnician (PDF) (Word)

Gainful Employment Information

 

Program Contact

Deborah R. Davis, PhD
Biotechnology
Acting Biotechnology Coordinator
859.246.6451
deborah.davis@kctcs.edu