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I would recommend this program to anyone interested in the science field. The classes are interesting and run by professors who really make you wan [...]

Kathy McDonnell
Biotechnology Technologist (Biotechnology Pharmaceutical) (compressed fast-track)
Biotechnology Technologist (Biotechnology Pharmaceutical) (compressed,fast-track)

Biotechnology – Advanced (fast-track)

Biotechnology – Advanced (fast-track)

This program provides university graduates with an opportunity to gain the practical skills needed to isolate and manipulate DNA and manufacture products for use in health-care, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food and environmental applications. Whether you are bound for the lab, field or manufacturing plant, you’ll have the hands-on skills you need to launch a successful science career in less than a year.

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Program Description

In our Biotechnology laboratory, you will conduct extensive experiments in cell and molecular biology in order to develop essential laboratory skills including learning how to isolate and manipulate DNA; purify and characterize proteins; and grow and maintain cells in tissue culture.

You will also learn a wide variety of microbiological techniques in our Microbiology laboratory including the cultivation, manipulation, isolation and identification of microorganisms. In your final semester you will use biological organisms to actively manufacture a chemical product used in an industrial process.

In addition, you will develop a clear understanding of regulatory affairs and the ethical implications of the biotechnology industry and its influence on society.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a minimum grade of C/60 per cent in two chemistry and one biochemistry course (one of these courses has a lab component)
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Career Options


  • Microbiology analyst
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Quality control technologist
  • Research technologist
  • Tissue processing specialist
  • Associate scientist


  • Pharmaceutical,biotechnological, agricultural, food or environmental companies
  • Natural health products companies
  • Quality control laboratories
  • Research laboratories
  • Government agencies and ministry laboratories
  • Fermentation facilities
  • Regulatory affairs departments
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$300$300
Total Fees:$4,648$14,820

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented with a field placement, which will enable you to utilize your skills and gain valuable industry experience through a supervised work placement. If you are an applicant with an Honours BSc, you may apply for credit for this component against your supervised research.

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  • code: BTYF
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $3,208 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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