What will I learn?

Centennial College's Biotechnology - Advanced Fast-Track program sees qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of a three-year Biotechnology program, and receive their technologist advanced diploma in two years (four semesters).

In the Biotechnology - Advanced (Fast Track) program's courses, you learn the scientific principles, techniques and skills needed to work in industrial microbiology and chemistry. Specialized study in biotechnology applications, biochemistry, microbial genetics and clinical and environmental microbiology is also included.

You'll learn the theory and technical practice needed to succeed in the field, combined with many opportunities for you to enhance your experience. Additionally, project work, in consultation with faculty, helps you to further develop your skills in research, laboratory techniques, report writing and presentation.

You learn to:

Perfect your aseptic techniques.

Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (the human body, water, soil, air, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products).

Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, gas chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV), HPLCs, centrifuges, PCR thermocyclers and gel electrophoresis equipment.

Prepare microbiological media and reagents.

Culture pathogenic microbes.

Design and perform advanced microbiology and microbial genetics experiments.

Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.

Program Highlights

You learn from experienced Biotechnology instructors who make themselves available for one-on-one time.

You gain hands-on experience performing activities that are commonly encountered in the field.

Eight up-to-date laboratories and modern wireless lecture facilities housed at the college's Morningside Campus enhance your learning.

Thorough laboratory training from the basics to professional skills is provided, encouraging and developing teamwork skills.

Training in Occupational Health and Safety, WHMIS, GMP, HACCP is to industry standards.

The Biotechnology, Environmental Technology and Food Science Technology programs share a common first year, which provides the flexibility to transfer between these programs before entering the second year.

You complete a three-year program in two years.

Career Outlook

  • Quality control technologist
  • Microbiologist/scientist
  • Production and research scientist
  • Research associate
  • Analytical chemist/microbiologist
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Quality assurance technologist

Areas of Employment

In addition to laboratory work, graduates may choose to work in product development, production or sales management.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,140.00 (US$ 10,652) per year
Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 September 2019

Venue

Morningside Campus

755 Morningside Avenue,

TORONTO,

Ontario (ON),

M1C 5J9, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

Centennial College English Skills Assessment (must score 170 or 171 for admission)

English Language Requirements:

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80+ (internet based with no test below 20)
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0+ (with no single test score below 5.5)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) with an overall band score of 60
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 51 plus
  • ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) score of 3.7 plus.
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About this uni

94% of employers revealed that they are either satisfied or very satisfied after hiring work-ready graduates from Centennial.

  • One of Canada’s multicultural higher education institutions
  • Students benefit from the job-aligned courses
  • National award-winning Centre of Entrepreneurship
  • Offers facilities to simulate dynamic work environment