Biological Technology Training, Certificate and Diploma Programs

U.S. schools don't commonly offer diploma programs in biological technology, but certificate programs are sometimes available. These programs are typically offered to students with a solid understanding in the biological sciences.

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Essential Information

Biological technology, also referred to as biotechnology, is a scientific field that pairs the study of living, biological organisms with engineering technologies.

Biotechnology certificate programs are designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of the ways in which biotechnology can be applied in a science laboratory. These programs often also teach students how biotechnology can be used within the medical world to create treatments and to further research in the fields of genetics, bioengineering and related areas.

Undergraduate certificate programs in biotechnology are sometimes meant for those students who have already taken college-level courses in biology, mathematics and chemistry, but who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. Some schools do offer such programs to students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a field related to science or health science, and who are looking for additional laboratory skills training.

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Certificate in Biotechnology

Students pursuing a certificate in biotechnology learn about human organisms, cell and tissue culture, recombinant molecules and bioinformatic analysis. They also learn proper laboratory procedures for research related to these topics. Typical courses include:

  • Biomedical laboratory science
  • Molecular biology
  • Immunology
  • Protein biotechnology
  • Cell culture techniques
  • Medical virology

Popular Career Options

Training in biotechnology can prepare individuals for careers working in pharmaceuticals, clinical research and health care. Specific entry-level jobs include:

  • Clinical laboratory technician
  • Laboratory manager
  • Medical product development manager
  • Research technician

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a job growth of 18% from 2014 to 2024 for medical and clinical lab technicians. These professionals earned a median annual wage of $38,970 in 2015, as reported by the BLS.

Continuing Education

Biological technology is a field that divides into several specializations, including microbiology, botany, biochemistry and physiology. Individuals who are interested in becoming biological scientists or researchers in any of these fields would benefit from pursuing a more specialized Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. Students who complete a biotechnology certificate program in addition to a bachelor's degree program can also go on to enter medical or veterinary science school. Related master's programs are also available.

Biotechnology certificate programs include hands-on laboratory sessions and traditional courses in subjects like bioinformatic analysis and immunology. Training in this field may lead to work in research or pharmaceuticals.

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