Duration

1 year

Starting Date

January, May, September

Tuition Fee

$16,704

Location

Blended (Toronto, Canada & Online)

About the program

This Biotechnology (Fast-Track) program at Centennial College offers detailed practical training in microbiology and chemistry (analytical, organic and biochemistry). Laboratory techniques including aseptic technique and appropriate safety procedures are extensively highlighted. A special feature of this diploma program is its project-focused approach, with independently designed microbiology projects that enhance your problem-solving and research skills.

You learn to:

  • Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil, air, the human body, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products).
  • Prepare specimens for staining, becoming an expert light-microscopist.
  • Become proficient in aseptic handling of materials.
  • Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, gas chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV) and HPLCs.
  • Prepare microbiological media and reagents, and culture pathogenic microbes.
  • Design and perform your own microbiology experiments.
  • Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.

You’ll have the option of graduating as a biotechnician in one year or continuing for a second year to study specialized topics such as microbial genetics, systematic microbiology and environmental microbiology to graduate with an Advanced Biotechnology diploma.

Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Quality assurance technician
  • Microbiology lab technician
  • Chemist – calibration
  • Sterile specialist
  • Analytical chemist/microbiologist
  • Microbiology lab analyst
  • QC raw material analyst

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