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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. See the Program Flier for more information.

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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.


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

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Program Contact

Deborah R. Davis, PhD
Acting Biotechnology Coordinator