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Diploma in Biotechnology (BIOT) Loyalist College




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Biotechnology plays a critical role in the battles against hunger, disease and pollution. The science is used in developing precision medicines and gene therapies, environmental decontamination to restore polluted spaces and engineering crops to improve their yield and nutrition.

Find your career

A career in biotechnology holds many opportunities to make an impact in government, industry, education and medical facilities.

  • There is a growing demand for skilled technicians, lab technologists and research assistants.
  • You could work in life sciences, agriculture, food production, pharmaceuticals, and sanitation or health research.
  • Graduates also find opportunities in regulation and enforcement, quality control and sales.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Chemical Engineering Technologist, DuPont Canada Co., Kingston
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Lab Technician, Beau's All Natural Brewing Company, Van leek Hill
  • Senior Primary Inspector, Canada Food Inspection Agency
  • Research and Development, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Biopharmaceutical Production Assistant, Bionic Life Sciences Inc.
  • Research Technologist, Environmental Health, Science and Research Bureau, Health Canada
  • Health Researcher, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Brew master/Bio technician, Huntsville Wine and Beer

Experiential learning

Study in the newly equipped Bay of Quintet Skills Centre:

  • Hands-on learning combines classroom theory and practical, lab-based instruction.
  • Work in state-of-the-art Instrumentation and Molecular Biology labs equipped with PCR and DNA sequencing technology.
  • Get experience with a wide variety of instrumentation used in genetics, microbiology, fermentation and forensics.
  • Get on-the-job, practical experience with field placements in the second and third year.

Expand your knowledge in Biotechnology – Advanced:

  • The third year focuses on intensive, laboratory-based instruction and project-based learning in molecular biology, microbiology, analytical instrumentation, tissue culture and cutting-edge extraction technologies.
  • A placement in your final semester can be a foot in the door to your next job.

Outstanding faculty makes the difference

  • Learn with active, involved instructors who are committed to students’ success.
  • The teaching labs were set up by a program coordinator who brings 15 years of experience working in three different countries as a research geneticist.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Diploma in Biotechnology (BIOT).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$14,333.00 (8,55,458) per year

CAN $14,332.50 for year 1; CAN $13,786.50 for year 2; Spring Semester: CAN $7,166.25 for Year 1




Loyalist College

376 Wallbridge-Loyalist road,


Ontario (ON),

K8N 5B9, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent


  • Mature applicant

Recommended academic preparation

  • Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at the (C), (U) or general level
  • Applicants with a related degree or diploma may be considered for advanced standing or direct entry into year two

English language requirements

TOEFL: (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 550 (paper-based test); 80 (IBT internet-based test with minimums of 20)

IELTS (International English Language Test Service): 6.0 overall with no bands less than 6.0 (under SDS); 6.0 overall with one band at 5.5 (generic category)

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): Overall band of 60, writing 60

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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