Program Overview

The Certificate of Achievement in Biotechnology Manufacturing Technician prepares graduates with the skills and experience to work in the biotechnology industry as a production technician. A production technician operates and maintains equipment used to manufacture protein pharmaceutical products. Students will culture and maintain bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells as well as gain experience in the recovery of proteins that the cultures produce. Students will develop skills in good manufacturing practices (GMP) by maintaining records and following standard operating procedures. Students will be practiced in industry quality assurance procedures and government regulations. Due to the nature of culturing microorganisms, students enrolled in the program must be able to adjust their time to a flexible schedule.

The Certificate of Achievement is for students who have already obtained a minimum of an Associate Degree and have completed required preparatory science courses.

Program Requirements

BTEC 400 Foundations of Biotechnology 2 units
BTEC 170 Principles of Applied Bioscience 3 units
BTEC 171 Laboratory Principles of Applied Bioscience 1 unit
BTEC 150 Biotechnology Instrumentation: Quality Control and Genetic Engineering 4 units
BTEC 210 Business and Regulatory Practices in Biotechnology 3 units
BTEC 220 Cell Culture and Protein Recovery 4 units
BIOL 230 Introduction to Cell Biology: Core II 5 units
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
MATH 200 Elementary Probability & Statistics 4 units
COOP 670 Vocational Cooperative Education 2 units
Plus General Education and other requirements for the Associate degree (refer to Associate Degree Requirements).
Total Required Units: 33