Biotechnology (Health) - 370 - 670

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Explores pharmaceutical, genetic, forensic and other aspects of the biotechnology field with a focus on the health industry

Cooperative Education allows students to earn while they learn with paid work semesters.

Program Highlights

  • Learn the fundamentals of biotechnology as employed in the Health sector:
    • Human biology, pharmacology, biopharmaceuticals, genetics, forensics, microbiology, analytical chemistry and clinical lab testing
  • 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
    • SDS PAGE
    • Agarose gel DNA electrophoresis
    • Ion exchange and thin layer chromatography
    • Basic techniques in microbiology
    • PCR analysis of DNA
    • Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using GLP

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months), plus optional co-op

Program Coordinator

Contact Cindy Mehlenbacher for Semesters 1 and 2. Please contact Usha Vivegananthan for academic questions only.

Applicants to the Biotechnology (Health) Diploma program must have the minimum requirements for admission

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 12 Mathematics, MAP4C ≥ 60%; or MCT4C; or any U or equivalent
    • Senior Science (Chemistry, Biology or Physics) is recommended

Option are available for mature applicants.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Cooperative Internship Option

Students interested in the cooperative internship do not apply directly. Once enrolled in program 370 students can select the cooperative internship option.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Academic Opportunities

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).

Career Opportunities

The Biotechnology (Health) Diploma program prepares students for long-lasting careers.

Industries of Employment:

  • Bio-Medicine
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Forensics
  • Agriculture and Food Production Companies
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Clinical Testing & Research Laboratories

Occupational Categories:

  • Biotech Laboratory Technicians
  • Biotech Production and Technical Sales Reps
  • Biotech Research Assistants

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 submission of the Graduate Application form available through OACETT
  • Additional requirements to become fully certified are the jurisdiction of OACETT (opens new window).
  • Graduates may be eligible to receive up to eight transfer credits towards the Mohawk-McMaster Bachelor of Technology Degree in Biotechnology
  • For degree transfer/completion opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Fennell Campus
Sep 2017
Co-op option

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