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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist CCC

Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist   (6160)

Type of Award
CCC - College Credit Certificate

Program Website

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

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.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

For More Information
Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska, Department Chair for Biotechnology & Natural Science , (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
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