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Biotechnology Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career in Biotechnology

Biotechnology breakthroughs have been integral in advancing the way we live, through enhancing crops, creating new diagnostic tests and treatments for diseases, finding ways to deal with and decrease harmful waste, creating household products and much more. In biotechnology programs at Ontario colleges, students use leading-edge technology to continue this invaluable work.

If you’re scientific-minded, enjoy problem-solving and want a career in the field of biotechnology, here’s what you need to know. More

Biotechnology Courses

Biotechnology programs combine multiple areas of science and technology with the research and development of numerous types of living organisms. Courses cover a wide range of scientific subjects, from microbiology, chemistry and molecular biology to genetic engineering, pharmacology and virology. Course subjects may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cloning
  • Fermentation
  • Tissue culture
  • Immunology

During lab time, students learn various techniques and processes for handling DNA, bacteria, plant cells and much more.

Biotechnology programs are offered as two- or three-year diplomas, as well as four-year applied degrees. All of these programs offer similar courses, with the difference being the depth of learning, length of work placements and the addition of specialized courses in longer programs.

General Biotechnology Program Requirements

Biotechnology programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including grade 12 English and grade 12 math credits. Additional science credits are usually required, but vary depending on the institution.

For applied degree programs, students usually need an OSSD or equivalent, with six grade 12 U or M courses, including English, math, biology and chemistry.

Biotechnology Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of Ontario college biotechnology programs will work as biotechnology technicians or technologists and research assistants in a wide variety of fields, including (but not limited to):

  • Bio-medicine and forensics
  • Quality control / assurance
  • Pharmaceutical development
  • Environmental protection
  • Agriculture and food production

Work environments will range from bioresearch facilities and plant nurseries to government and academic labs, manufacturing and production plants, and diagnostic laboratories.

The average starting salary for biotechnology technicians and technologists is around $28,000 per year, but should increase with experience. Graduates of applied degree programs have a higher average starting salary of around $37,000 per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Biotechnology Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of biotechnology programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Baccalauréat En Biotechnologie LA CITÉ OTTAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Baccalauréat En Biotechnologie


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 81558
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3407
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3407
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3407
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology - Equipment and Devices ST. CLAIR SOUTH CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology - Equipment and Devices


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: T755
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology Co-Op CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology Co-Op


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3417
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology Co-Op Fast Track CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology Co-Op Fast Track


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3437
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology Fast Track CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology Fast Track


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3427
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology Fast Track CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology Fast Track


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3427
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biomedical Engineering Technology Fast Track CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Biomedical Engineering Technology Fast Track


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3427
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Biotechnology CENTENNIAL MORNINGSIDE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3601
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology HUMBER NORTH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: BT211
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology - Advanced ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology - Advanced


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1020X01F
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Also Offered In A Co-Op Delivery Mode, With Departmental Approval

Show details Biotechnology - Advanced CENTENNIAL MORNINGSIDE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology - Advanced


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 3602
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology - Advanced ST. LAWRENCE KINGSTON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology - Advanced


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0437
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology - Advanced (FORMERLY BIOTECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST - FORENSICS) FLEMING PETERBOROUGH WAITLISTED Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Biotechnology - Advanced (FORMERLY BIOTECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST - FORENSICS)


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: BTF
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology - Advanced (Formerly Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics) FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology - Advanced (Formerly Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics)


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: BTF
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology - Advanced (Formerly Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics) FLEMING PETERBOROUGH OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Biotechnology - Advanced (Formerly Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics)


  • Program Length: 5 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: BTF
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology - Health MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology - Health


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 370
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology Advanced DURHAM OSHAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology Advanced


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: BITY
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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