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Bioscience Technician, Career Pathway certificate

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The certificate also serves as the foundation for the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The Bioscience Technician certificate prepares you for entry-level positions in industry, focusing on:

  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Mechanics of manufacturing
  • Principles of measurement
  • Quality systems (working in a regulated environment)
  • Safety

It can also be a good option for those wanting to take a different career path, providing practical, hands-on training to enhance prior education and work experience.

  • Reading and writing placement: GED and high school graduates. Placement into Reading 115, Writing 115.
  • Duration: Two terms
  • Program cost: Use the cost calculator to see the estimated costs. For more detailed cost sheets contact Josh Cary.

Award information

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Bioscience TechnicianLess than 1 yearLimited entry, see how
to get into this program

Learn more about Bioscience Technology and all 3 awards available »



Course listing for the 2021-2022 catalog year.

BIT 102Current Topics in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 105Safety in the Bioscience Workplace2
BIT 107Bioscience Lab Math2
BIT 109Basic Laboratory Techniques and Instruments5
BIT 125Quality Systems in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 126Applied Quality Practice3
BIT 181Exploring Bioscience3
Total Credits19

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