Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Research and Industry: a Wealth of Possibilities

Bioscience technology is a growing and dynamic field that applies life processes to practical uses, such as manufacturing of protein-based drugs ("biologics") and research and development of new medical devices. From pharmaceutical drugs to pacemakers, genetically engineered plants to gene therapy, bioscience technology is at work all around us.

Students begin by completing the certificate coursework in the fall and winter terms and may continue on to earn an advanced certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The certificate and degree options each provide a solid foundation to seek employment in the bioscience industry.

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Careers in bioscience are as varied as the products themselves. Biotechnicians work in research, manufacturing and quality control, in analytical labs and in the field. Local industry partners have worked closely with the PCC Bioscience Technology program to create the Biotechnician Certificate and refine and expand the options within the AAS degree in Bioscience Technology.

Coursework features real-life experience and authentic lab training in the skills and knowledge that employers value most. The program maintains a strong connection with local industry and includes a work experience component that helps place students in valuable internships.

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Bioscience Technician Certificate (19 credits)
  • Advanced Bioscience Technologist Certificate (29 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Bioscience Technology (90 credits and 1,000 hours of lab experience)
  • Transfer credits to a four-year degree

Students who wish to transfer should discuss specific requirements with a departmental advisor.

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

What's Next?

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  1. Make an advising appointment with a Bioscience Technology faculty member
  2. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. Your major will be changed once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  3. Apply to the Bioscience Technology program