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Biotechnology - Advanced (Fast-Track)

Durham College

Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering & Information Technology (SEIT)
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,818
International: $16,780
Careers:Biological Technologists and Technicians


In this program designed specifically for applicants with existing academic credentials, students with a degree in science can expand their knowledge of the biotechnology industry and complete their Biotechnology advanced diploma in fewer semesters. Biotechnology touches a broad range of industries including health, pharmaceuticals, food production and agriculture. The discipline has created knowledge and products essential to our continued livelihood such as vaccines to prevent disease, pest-resistant plants, environmentally friendly biofuels and improved detection of diseases.

Graduates of the Biotechnology – Advanced program are competitively qualified to work in a range of industries including those focused on food, the environment, pharmaceuticals, natural health products and cannabis. Learning within state-of-the-art labs using industry-grade equipment, students learn how living organisms or parts of living organisms can provide new methods of production and development of new products in a range of industries as well as the regulations which govern the use of these techniques. Our courses are rooted in real-world applications and our extensive analytical instrumentation lab provides practical, hands-on training. Students graduate with a strong base of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to draw from in their future careers.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •   Biology 

Admission requirements are as follows: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status, Grade 12 English (C or U), Grade 12 Mathematics (C, M or U), and Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C, M or U).

To be considered for the fast-track (credit transfer) pathway a specific educational background is recommended as follows: degree or diploma in a directly related field of study or comparable credential completed within the last five years, two post-secondary chemistry courses with a minimum grade of C/60 per cent (one must have a lab component), one post-secondary biochemistry course with a minimum grade of C/60 per cent, proof of English Language Proficiency and additional information may be requested to demonstrate practical lab experience

Application Notes : Please visit the website for information on English Language Proficiency requirements.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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