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Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
School
Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry

About the Program

In this three-year advanced diploma program, you will prepare for work as a research technologist in the life sciences field. You will study a range of topics, including molecular genetics, immunology, tissue culture, virology, biochemical techniques, histology, cell biology, biochemistry, computers, statistics and a common first year of basic biology, chemistry and mathematics. This program offers you theoretical knowledge of scientific methods and practical experience in performing precise experiments for research and development.

To guarantee a position in the third semester, you must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5.

Common First Semester

Students enrolled in the following programs may transfer to Biotechnology –Advanced before second year: Chemical Engineering Technology, Chemical Laboratory Technician and Chemical Laboratory Technology – Pharmaceutical.

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Diploma Structure

Work-Integrated Learning Model #1
  September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Break
OR
Year 1   Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Work Term 1
Year 3 Semester 5 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Year 4 Semester 6    
Work-Integrated Learning Model #2
  September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Break
OR
Year 1   Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Work Term 1
Year 3 Work Term 2 Semester 5 Work Term 3
Year 4 Semester 6    
Work-Integrated Learning Model #3
  September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Break
OR
Year 1   Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Work Term 1
Year 3 Semester 5 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Year 4 Semester 6    

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Research technologist in life sciences
  • Laboratory technician
  • Research assistant

Related Careers

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • How to perform assays
  • Scientific method
  • Experimental techniques
  • Perform laboratory duties
  • Quality control and quality assurance procedures
  • Manage biological data

Affiliations/Associations

  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)
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