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Biotechnology Diploma - 369/669

Program overview:
START DATE: September
PROGRAM STATUS: Open for September 2016
SCHOOL: Engineering Technology
PROGRAM NUMBER: 369 (Non Co-op), 669
PROGRAM LENGTH: 2 academic years (periods of 8 months), plus optional Co-op
CAMPUS: Fennell Campus - Hamilton
ACCREDITATION: Ontario College Diploma
Campus September 2016
369 - Fennell Campus - Hamilton (Non-Co-op)
Open Open
669 - Fennell Campus - Hamilton (Co-op) Optional after Semester 1

Driven by discovery, biotechnology explores the pharmaceutical,
food processing, genetics and bioengineering aspects of the industry and makes the impossible possible

Biotechnology is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program offered at Fennell Campus in Hamilton, Ontario.

Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) Pathway Information for Biotechnology and Biotechnology (Health) Graduates:

Graduates of the Biotechnology and Biotechnology (Health) Programs are eligible to enter the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Mohawk College, and receive exemptions for up to 4 of the 13 courses in this program. The Medical Laboratory Technician Program (047), is a one year Certificate program offered on a part time basis through Mohawk College Continuing Education, and is a joint Mohawk/Michener Institute Certificate. Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program are eligible to write both the National Certification Examination (CSMLS) and Provincial Certification Examination ( OSMT) .

Program Highlights

  • Learn the fundamentals of pharmacology, biochemistry, genetics and genetic engineering, cell biology, microbiology, analytical instrumentation and biochemical engineering
  • Explore scientific methods and experimental techniques, in accordance with accepted principles of quality assurance and manufacturing in the biotech industry
  • Prepare for a future career working in one of the most rapidly expanding fields in Canada
  • Obtain knowledge and skills in scientific methods and experimental techniques, using established principles of quality assurance and manufacturing
  • Receive classroom instruction, combined with hands-on laboratory experience, to perform tasks in the following areas:
    • DNA and protein absorption spectrophotometry
    • Agarose gel DNA electrophoresis
    • Ion exchange and thin layer chromatography
    • SDS page
    • Basic techniques in microbiology
    • PCR analysis of DNA
    • Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using GLP

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Graduate Opportunities

  • Graduates and final year students are immediately eligible to be registered as associate members of The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) upon the submission of the Graduate Application form available from OACETT
  • Additional requirements to become fully certified are the jurisdiction of OACETT. Visit
  • Graduates may be exempted from some courses in the Mohawk-McMaster Biotechnology BTech Degree
  • For degree transfer/completion opportunities visit

Program Recognition

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Technician (CTech) category

Co-op Education Advantage

Earn while you learn with paid work semesters

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