Biotechnology (Health) Co-op Overview

Co-op Format

September to December January to April May to August
Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Semester 3 Work Term 1 (Co-op) Work Term 2 (Co-op)
Work Term 3 (Co-op) Semester 4  

Learn more about Biotechnology (Health)

Work Term Capabilities

(Which do not reflect individual work experiences & exposures)

Classroom instruction, combined with hands-on laboratory experience, have provided the student with sufficient knowledge to perform tasks in the following areas:

  • DNA and protein absorption spectrophotometry
  • Agarose gel DNA electrophoresis
  • Ion exchange and thin layer chromatography
  • Basic laboratory techniques in microbiology
  • PCR analysis of DNA
  • Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using Good Lab Practices (GLP)
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Guidelines (GLPs, GMPs, ICH, USP)
  • HPLC and UV/Vis
  • SOP's, Good Documentation Practices, Electronic Lab Notebooks

Program Objectives

Health Biotechnology encompasses a wide field of studies including chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and genetic engineering, cell biology, microbiology including forensics and food processing, analytical instrumentation, and biopharmaceuticals.

The program is designed to prepare students as health biotechnology technicians through the familiarization with scientific methods and experimental techniques, in accordance with accepted principles of quality assurance and manufacturing.

The first two academic semesters are common with the Biotechnology Technician program of studies, followed by two semesters focusing on specialized courses relating to clinical testing and research, manufacturing including current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) as well as Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) in the field of Biotechnology.


Graduates may seek entry level positions in public or private laboratories as laboratory assistants or as technicians in manufacturing facilities. These laboratories may be found in pharmaceutical companies, food processing industries, and testing and research facilities.

Program Recognition

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) conditionally recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Technician (CTech) category. Graduates and final year students are immediately eligible to be registered as Associate members of OACETT upon submission of the Graduate Application form available through OACETT. Additional requirements to become fully certified (work experience, the OACETT Professional Practice Examination, peer references, etc.) will be requested once the application has been received. Requirements for certification are the jurisdiction of OACETT.

Salary Range

  Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Range $14.00 - $19.21 $15.10 - $22.24 $15.75 - $23.89
Average $16.65 $18.45 $21.19

For further information, please contact:

Julie Farnand, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2163
Fax: 905-575-2359
Email: julie.farnand [at] (Julie Farnand)