Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2016-2017

Palm Beach State College
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Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist   (6160)

ADDENDUM October 10, 2016 (action based on curriculum minutes dated April 28, 2016) - New Program


Type of Award
CCC - College Credit Certificate


Program Website
www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/Biotechnology


Program Description
The College Credit Certificate program has been designed for AA students interested in biotechnology concepts, techniques and equipment. Relevant topics such as molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) extraction and analysis, plasmid transformation, polymerase chain reaction and agarose gel electrophoresis will be covered. Students will gain a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and microbiology. 

The Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist College Credit Certificate provides the student with comprehensive knowledge, specific competencies and lab techniques that enhance current skill while establishing a foundation for a successful bioscience career.

This 30-credit certificate offers courses in biotechnology principles, biology, general chemistry and microbiology. 


Admission Requirements
Have a standard high school diploma or GED;

Complete an Application for Admission, located at
www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/Admissions-Applications.aspx.


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.


Program Length
The Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist college credit certificate can be completed in 12 months. The certificate includes 30 credits in biotechnology skills.


Location
The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


For More Information
Dr. Becky Mercer, Director of Biotechnology Programs mercerb@PalmBeachState.edu , (561) 207-5059

Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska, Department Chair for Natural Science & Biotechnology gorgevsa@PalmBeachState.edu , (561) 207-5003


Employment Opportunities
Careers in biotechnology include: research associate, cell culture technician, cloning technician. quality control technician, bioinformaticist, fermentation specialist, regulatory affairs, patent law, molecular ecologist, agriculture biotechnologist, protein purification specialist, forensic crime lab technician, cell biologist, brewmaster, business development, mass spectroscopist.


Gainful Employment
Program length excludes this program from gainful employment reporting requirements.


Career Path Notes
Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science(AS) degree program in Biotechnology.


Career Center
www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/
O-Net Online: http://online.onetcenter.org/