Biotechnology - 369 - 669

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Driven by discovery, biotechnology explores the pharmaceutical, food processing, genetics and bioengineering aspects of the industry and makes the impossible possible.

Program Highlights

  • Strong foundational program in biotechnology with training in unit operations and instrumentation. 

  • Graduates are ready for in-demand careers in the biotechnology field, one of the most rapidly expanding fields in Canada.

What you'll learn

  • Fundamentals of biotechnology, microbiology, pharmacology, genetics, bioinformatics and bioengineering.

  • Explore scientific methods and experimental techniques in accordance with accepted principles of quality assurance and manufacturing in the biotech industry

  • Gain knowledge and skills in scientific methods and experimental techniques using established principles of quality assurance and manufacturing.

  • How to perform tasks in the following areas: 

    • DNA and protein absorption spectrophotometry

    • Agarose gel DNA electrophoresis

    • Ion exchange and thin layer chromatography

    • Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE)

    • Basic techniques in microbiology PCR (polymerase chain reaction) analysis of DNA

    • Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using good laboratory practice

Program Length

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

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Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Ancillary Fees $717.02 $653.92
Co-op Fees N/A $475.00
Mandatory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,504.49 $1,504.49
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,221.51 $2,158.41
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $4,379.92
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $4,854.92

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,342.97 $7,342.97
Co-op Fees N/A $475.00
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $7,792.97 $7,717.97
Total 1st Year Fees (Non Co-op) $15,510.94
Total 1st Year Fees (Co-op) $15,985.94

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Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • 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.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Cooperative Internship Option

Students interested in the cooperative internship do not apply directly. Once enrolled in program 369 students can select the cooperative internship option.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Extensive hands-on laboratory practice.
  • Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.

Co-op Content

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

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
  • SDS PAGE (Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis)
  • Basic laboratory techniques in microbiology and cell biology
  • Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using Good Lab Practices (GLP)
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Guidelines (GLPs, GMPs, ICH, USP)
  • SOPs, Good Documentation Practices, Electronic Lab Notebooks
  • HPLC and UV/Vis

Program Objectives

Biotechnology encompasses a wide field of studies including chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and genetic engineering, cell biology, molecular biology, analytical instrumentation, and biochemical engineering.

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

The first academic semester is common with the Environmental Technician and Biotechnology Technician (Health) program of studies, followed by three semesters focusing on specialized courses relating to manufacturing, and laboratory quantitative and qualitative analyses 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, agricultural product industries, companies involved in plant or livestock genetic engineering, or in environmental engineering companies.

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 - $19.03 $14.75 - $21.10 $15.10 - $22.00
Average $15.75 $17.81 $19.45

For further information, please contact:

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



Where you can go next

Your future career options

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

Where you could work includes:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Bioscience Laboratories (Public & Private)
  • Genetic Engineering Companies
  • Bioremediation Companies
  • Agricultural Products
  • Biofuel Companies

Opportunities for grads

  • Graduates may be eligible to be registered as associate members of The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

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 Recognition

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.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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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.

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Domestic Canadian Students
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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students*
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

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Program Coordinator

Contact Cindy Mehlenbacher for Year 1. Please contact Ayaaz Pirani for Years 2.

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

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    Layne Wilson

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2019
Co-op option