Life-saving new medicines are actually grown in a lab. And you can learn do it with this associate degree. MWCC’s Biotechnology program is for science-minded students who want to be on the front lines of research into new medicines and prefer to work in a lab rather than in a hospital health care setting. Graduates typically work as biomanufacturing technicians while they continue their education at the bachelor’s level.
Learn Lab Skills
Large pharma companies use live cells to produce new medicine. We train students in how to grow the cells and get the medicine. We focus on hands-on, practical lab skills. By the time you graduate, you will be able to walk confidently into a lab and start work.
You will learn skills such as:
- Gel electrophoresis
- PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
- Solution preparation
- Cell culturing
- Protein purification
- Bacterial transformation
- DNA isolation and analysis
Earn a Living While You Transfer to a 4-Year School
This program will prepare you to get a job as a biology technician or quality control technician where you test new medicines that have been produced. The median salary for a biology lab technician in Massachusetts is $61,790 per year.*
The courses you will take in this program also prepare you to transfer to a 4-year college or university as a biotechnology or biology major. So while working, you can begin paying your way through school.
Job Opportunities are Local
Past graduates of this program have gotten jobs at Bristol Myers Squibb Biopharmaceutical Company in Devens, MA, at AbbVie Pharmaceutical Research & Development in Worcester, MA, and at several other companies in the Cambridge, Boston and Central Massachusetts Biomedical Corridor. Past graduates have transferred to complete their bachelor’s degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University, Fitchburg State University, and the University of New Hampshire.