Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Apply to Bioscience Technology

To join this program, you must apply for admission. This moderately competitive program admits 22 students in fall and spring terms. You don’t need a science background to apply. Applications are accepted year-round. Apply by May 15 for best chance of admission into our fall cohort and by February 15 for admission into our spring cohort. Applicants submitting after these dates will be placed on a waitlist and reviewed and admitted to the program as space allows.

Questions? Attend an information session or talk with a program advisor.

How to apply

  1. Apply to PCC

    Applying to PCC is free and only takes a few minutes. Complete this step as soon as possible so you can start using PCC resources. On the application, choose Associate of General Studies for your major. (Your major will be updated after you’re admitted to the program.)
    Apply to PCC angle right

    Application timeline
    Term you want to start Apply to Bioscience Technology
    Fall 2022 Apply immediately
    Spring 2023 Apply by February 15, 2023
    Fall 2023 Apply by May 15, 2023
  2. Take prerequisites

    Prerequisites depend on whether you are applying for the degree or the certificate:

    Certificate prerequisites:

    • MTH 95: Intermediate Algebra
    • WR 115: Intro to College Composition

    Degree prerequisites:

    • MTH 95: Intermediate Algebra
    • WR 121: College Composition
    • Chemistry:
      • CH 151: Preparatory Chemistry
      • or CH 221: General Chemistry I
    • Biology:
      • BI 112: Cell Biology for Health Occupations
      • or BI 211: Principles of Biology
  3. Submit initial application

    Complete the application to Bioscience Technology.

  4. Profile and recommendation

    Watch for an email from the program department chair regarding the next steps in the admissions process, which will include creating a personal profile and providing a letter of recommendation. Begin thinking about who will serve as your reference – we suggest asking a recent instructor or work supervisor to provide the letter of recommendation. Instructions for the personal profile and letter of recommendation will be emailed to you following review of your initial application.

After you apply

After you apply, watch for an email from the faculty department chair confirming that your application is under review.  All communication about admission will be sent to your PCC email address.

How are applicants selected?

Applicants are evaluated based on:

  • Successful completion of prerequisite coursework
  • Interest and readiness for a career in the bioscience industry as indicated in the application materials


We strongly recommend that applicants attend an info session or an individual advising appointment before applying.