This certificate program is ideal for those who have completed a bachelor's degree in biology or a related field - or have significant amount of college credit in science and mathematics - and are looking for practical skills that can be applied to a career as a laboratory technician in the medical research, pharmaceutical or biotechnology fields.

The program is designed to provide specialized training in applied techniques of cell culture, immunology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, biological imaging and analytical cytology.

Many of the certificate's courses are taught in the Science Center, which includes 25 state-of-the-art laboratories and a Science Study Center.

The college also offers a Biotechnology A.S. program for students who do not possess a related bachelor's degree or significant amount of college credit in science and mathematics.

This program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation and is offered by the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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Recent graduates have started careers at: Albany Medical Center, Albany Molecular Research Institute, Regeneron, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University at Albany Biotech Center.
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Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician, $38,890; Biological Technician, $39,950; Chemical Technician, $46,650.

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Graduates have also continued their education at The University at Albany; Sage Colleges; and SUNY Cobleskill.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Science Center, Suite 319

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.