The biotechnology certificate prepares you for immediate employment in the biotechnology field. This curriculum is suitable for students currently working in the biotechnology or medical technology field who want to upgrade or update their skills or for those who have obtained a bachelor's degree in the life sciences and want additional training.
Students must obtain consent of the biotechnology program coordinator before enrolling in the certificate curriculum. To enter directly into the certificate curriculum, students must have met the prerequisites for the biotechnology courses.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Independently complete basic laboratory tasks common to biotechnology such as documentation, pipetting, buffer preparation, dilutions, and gel electrophoresis.
- Define and explain the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of biotechnology.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans.
Entry-level biotechnology workers are involved in laboratory work such as cell culture and upstream processing; bio-manufacturing antibody production and isolation; DNA and RNA isolation and PCR; working in a regulatory environment following GXP (GLP and cGMP) requirements; toxicology or vaccine sterility testing; testing and developing diagnostic and therapeutic agents; and quality control and quality assurance.
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Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.
Our noncredit program offers short courses or workshops (generally less than one week) to address specific training needs in the biotechnology industry.
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- Bio-Trac® in partnership with Montgomery College is proud to offer graduate/post graduate level hands-on laboratory training workshops for research scientists at the Bioscience Education Center’s state-of-the-art facility in Germantown, Maryland.
Contact Michael Gove, Program Manager, at 240-567-2245 or Michael.Gove@montgomerycollege.edu for more information.