Associate degree programs in biotechnology lab assisting are available primarily at 2-year community colleges and vocational schools. Entry-level and post-baccalaureate certificate programs may be available at these schools as well.
Schools with Biotechnology Lab Assistant Programs
These schools offer undergraduate training for aspiring biotechnology lab assistants:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (In-state, 2018-2019)*|
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||2-year, Public||Associate degree, Post-baccalaureate Certificate||$4,407|
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, IN||4-year, Public||Associate degree||$5,902|
|Butler Community College||El Dorado, KS||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,510|
|Community College of Allegheny County||Pittsburgh, PA||2-year, Public||Associate degree, Post-baccalaureate Certificate||$7,861|
|Santa Ana College||Santa Ana, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,160|
|Solano Community College||Fairfield, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate degree||$1,140|
|Manhattan Area Technical College||Manhattan, KS||2-year, Public||Post-baccalaureate Certificate||$6,750|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate degree||$2,070|
|Bluegrass Community and Technical College||Lexington, KY||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate degree||$4,328|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in biotechnology lab assistant programs may want to keep these considerations in mind when selecting their program:
- Find out if the school has industry ties with agricultural or pharmaceutical companies and can help students gain exposure to potential employers.
- Choose a school that has class and lab session sizes that fit your learning style, class sizes can range from 8 to 35 students.
- Get information about tuition, fees and financial assistance options.
- Find out if the program has a transfer agreement with other schools, allowing students to apply the credits they earn toward a higher level program.
Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate Degree Program
These programs prepare students for entry-level positions at biotechnology labs. The program teaches fundamental laboratory skills, communication strategies and techniques for producing commercial products from biological systems.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
This program, geared toward students with bachelor's degrees in biological science, develops vocational skills by simulating the creative and technical tasks required in a biotechnology company. There is a strong focus on the business skills needed to run a successful biotechnology lab. The coursework delves into advanced laboratory techniques such as bioinformatics and microarrays.
Through either an associate degree or certificate program, students who want to become assistants in biotechnology labs can learn standard biological lab techniques and gain familiarity with the industry.