Biotechnology - Advanced - 671

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
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), plus co-op

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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 Applicants with English as a Second Language

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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$864.60$758.46
Co-op Fees$331.66$295.61
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,948.31$1,948.31
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$3,144.57$3,002.38
Total 1st Year Fees$6,146.95

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

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,875.00$8,875.00
Co-op Fees$331.66$295.61
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Per Semester$9,656.66$9,545.61
Total 1st Year Fees$19,202.27

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

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By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

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
  • Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.


Co-op Format (Fall Intake)

September to DecemberJanuary to AprilMay to August
Semester 1Semester 2Vacation
Semester 3Semester 4Work Term 1 (Co-op)
Semester 5Work Term 2 (Co-op)Work Term 3 (Co-op)
Work Term 4 (Co-op)Semester 6 

Co-op Format (Winter Intake)

January to AprilMay to AugustSeptember to December
Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3
Semester 4Work Term 1 (Co-op)Semester 5
Work Term 2 (Co-opWork Term 3 (Co-op)Work Term 4 (Co-op)
Semester 6  


Co-op Delivery and Fees

This program has a mandatory co-op, as part of the program of study. The annual co-op fee structure can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

For questions, please contact the Co-op Specialist listed at the bottom of the webpage.

Driver's License and Vehicle

Please note that the majority of co-op positions for this program require that students have a valid driver's license ('G' class preferred) and access to a vehicle.

Co-op Designation

This program offers four co-op work term opportunities but requires two completed co-op work terms for the co-op designation. 

Work Term Capabilities

(which do not reflect individual's personal work experience)

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

  • Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using Good Lab Practices (GLP)
  • DNA analysis (DNA quantification, agarose gel electrophoresis, use of gel documentation equipment/software, transformations, cloning, PCR, qPCR) 
  • Protein Analysis (protein quantification, SDS PAGE, Western blotting, chromatography)
  • Techniques in general, food, and pharmaceutical microbiology
  • Techniques in plant and animal cell culture (biosafety cabinet use)
  • Bioreactor/Fermentation Technology​
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Guidelines (GLPs, GMPs, ICH, USP)
  • SOPs, Good Documentation Practices
  • Quality control


Co-op Pay RangeCo-op Pay Average
Range: $16.55 - $23.00Average: $19.00


For further information, please contact:

Rebecca Larson, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2163
Email: rebecca.larson [at] (Rebecca Larson)

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.

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

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.

Tech requirements

Technical Requirements

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

Contact Ayaaz Pirani for student enquires.

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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

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2024
Jan 2025

International Students

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Additional Information

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