Centennial College´s Biotechnology Fast-Track program was created for qualified college or university graduates who wish to receive their diploma in one year (two semesters). Gaining direct admission into the second year (third semester) of the two-year Biotechnology program, you are trained to work as a laboratory technician in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

This program 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 can graduate as a biotechnician in one year, or continue for a second year to study specialized topics such as microbial genetics, systematic microbiology, and environmental microbiology graduating with an Advanced Biotechnology diploma.


College diploma or university degree in chemistry/biology or engineering, or related discipline

Additional Requirements:
Transcript review
Centennial College English Skills Assessment (must score of 160 or 161 for admission)


Start Date:Fall, Winter, Summer

Semester 1
Occupational Health and Safety
Biological Techniques
Microbiology Project 1
Food Microbiology
Organic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
College Communications 2

Semester 2
Microbiology Project 2
Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Recombinant DNA Technology
Biochemistry 1
Report Writing in a Technical Environment
Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action

Salidas profesionales

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

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