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Biotechnology (Fast-Track)

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.

Quick Facts

 
Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, May, September
Tuition Fee: $16,377
Location: Toronto, Canada / Blended / Online

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.

Program Highlights

  • You study in and have access to eight up-to-date laboratories and modern wireless lecture facilities.
  • Theory is combined with ongoing laboratory training, which starts from the basics and works up to professional skills.
  • Training on GMP and HACCP is up to industry standards.
  • Qualified and caring faculty and staff provide individual attention in laboratories, where teamwork skills are encouraged and developed.
  • Qualified Biotechnology (Fast-Track) graduates may apply to enter the third year of the Biotechnology – Advanced diploma program.
  • There is a high program graduation rate and a high rate of student satisfaction.

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“A good opportunity to be a member of the research team to conduct research for reputed institutions like University of Toronto and Centennial College. Gained a lot a new knowledge and hands-on experience in conducting research. Learned sampling techniques and different data analysis methods.”

Sushil Anu // Performance of Existing Oil-Grit Separators (Stormceptor) and Development a New Generation of Urban Sediment-Contaminant Separators

Career Prospects

Career Outlook

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

Areas of Employment

Graduates typically start their careers as quality control technicians in a broad range of industries, including: food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and related government agencies.

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