Biotechnology - Advanced - 671

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Explore biology at the molecular, micro and engineering levels. Participate in world class labs and research to solve real world problems in the food, environmental, pharmaceutical and medical fields.

Program Highlights

  • Elite program at the technologist level provides sought-after lab skills and training in cutting-edge trends in the biotechnology field.
  • Graduates have enhanced opportunities for biotechnology careers and pathways to university.

What you'll learn

  • Fundamentals of applied molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, analytical instrumentation and bioengineering.

  • Investigate the advanced topics of clinical trials, drug discovery, cell culture, environmental biology and laboratory management.

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Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months)

Program Promos

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  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 12 Mathematics; MAP4C ≥ 80% or MCT4C; or any U or equivalent*
    • Senior Science (Chemistry or Biology) is recommended
  • Options are available for mature applicants

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Tuition and Fees

2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $846.45 $727.48
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,948.31 $1,948.31
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,794.76 $2,675.79
Total 1st Year Fees $5,470.55

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

2022 - 2023 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,770.00 $8,770.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $9,220.00 $9145.00
Total 1st Year Fees $18,365.00

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Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Receive classroom instruction combined with hands-on laboratory experience to perform and coordinate tasks in the following areas:
    • DNA analysis including electrophoresis, cloning and PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
    • Protein analysis including electrophoresis and chromatography
    • DNA and protein absorption spectrophotometry
    • Basic and Advanced techniques in microbiology
    • Cell Biology and Cell Culture
    • Food safety
    • Immunology and Virology
    • Bioengineering
    • Instrumentation
  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities



Your future career options

  • Biotech Laboratory Technologist
  • Biotech Production and Technical Sales Representative
  • Production Management
  • Quality Control
  • Water Treatment
  • Bioremediation
  • Biotech Research

Where you could work includes:

  • Food and Agriculture
  • Biotechnology Research
  • Pharmaceutical and Biologic Production
  • Bioscience Laboratories (Public & Private)
  • Water/Waste Water Facilities
  • Bioremediation Companies
  • 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).

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Additional Information

Technical Requirements

Computer capable of running Microsoft Office 365, good internet access.

Contact Ayaaz Pirani for student enquires.

Program Coordinator


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Domestic Canadian Students

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Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
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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Academic Program Coordinator

Usha Vivegananthan
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 3123
Discipline: Academic Program Co-ordinator | Bio Chemical Envir Tech

Program Coordinator

Contact Ayaaz Pirani for student enquires.

Canadian Domestic Students

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Shelby Hinschberger

I was able to land a position as a Lead Laboratory Technologist upon graduation because of the experiences, laboratory skills and resources I attained from Mohawk College.

One piece of advice I would offer to new students beginning the Biotechnology – Advanced program is to utilize your professors and fellow classmates. Independent learning is important, but most lessons are learned through trial and error and discussion. Your professors are there to help you succeed.

Shelby Hinschberger, 2018