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Prepare for a career as a lab technician in the biotechnology field

Biotechnology – Health Ontario College Diploma program

Become proficient with a variety of techniques and equipment used for biological, chemical and physical applications.

Program code BIOT
Duration 2 Year
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

Students are prepared for a career as a lab technician in a biomedical field. Experimental techniques and use of scientific equipment across a variety of disciplines including biology, chemistry and physics will form the basis of the program. Both the theoretical and practical aspects of this discipline are equally emphasized. Upon graduation, students will be able to perform a wide array of experiments and assays to answer clinically-related and scientific problems.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2022 Barrie
Summer 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Biotechnology – Health program?

Biotechnology – Health admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent, with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Chemistry (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

What career paths can I take in biotechnology?

Your Biotechnology – Health diploma gives you many career opportunities

Students graduating from this program will possess a wide array of skills related to the analysis of chemical and biological samples. Graduates will also be able to work at academic and clinical institutions in the context of supporting research labs and education of post-secondary students while performing analysis of biological samples in both public and private settings.

What courses are included in the Biotechnology – Health diploma program?

Course overview

17 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Biotechnology – Health program outline.

  • BIOL 1030 – Cell Biology
  • BIOL 1031 – Human Physiology 1
  • CHEM 1011 – Chemistry for Biotechnology
  • PHYS 1008 – Physical Measurements
  • STAT 1000 – Statistics
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

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