Biotechnology - Health

Program: BIOT
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Year
Effective: Fall 2022, Summer 2023
Location: Barrie


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.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. complete all tasks in compliance with pertinent legislation and regulations, as well as biotechnology standards and guidelines;
  2. apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and guidelines;
  3. apply best practices for sustainability;
  4. complete biotechnological applications using principles of chemistry, biology and biostatistics as well as basic principles of physics;
  5. use appropriate laboratory procedures to carry out quantitative and qualitative tests and analyses;
  6. carry out standard cell culture procedures under aseptic conditions;
  7. carry out molecular biology procedures;
  8. assist with the management of biological data to support biological scientists and researchers in capturing, organizing/summarizing and storing their data;
  9. prepare, maintain and communicate scientific data effectively;
  10. develop and present a strategic plan for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance;
  11. find solutions to problems related to health and medicine using biotechnology procedures and data analysis;
  12. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities in biotechnology.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2022
  • Sem 2: Winter 2023
  • Sem 3: Fall 2023
  • Sem 4: Winter 2024

Summer Intake

  • Sem1: Summer 2023
  • Sem 2: Fall 2023
  • Sem 3: Summer 2024
  • Sem 4: Fall 2024


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

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:

Graduation Requirements

17 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
BIOL 1030 Cell Biology 56
BIOL 1031 Human Physiology 1 56
CHEM 1011 Chemistry for Biotechnology 56
PHYS 1008 Physical Measurements 56
STAT 1000 Statistics 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
BIOL 1032 Human Physiology 2 56
BIOL 1039 Biomedical Laboratory 1 56
BIOL 2012 Microbiology 56
CHEM 1012 Organic Chemistry 1 56
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
BIOL 1034 Biochemistry 56
BIOL 2013 Biomedical Laboratory 2 56
CHEM 2004 Organic Chemistry 2 56
CHEM 2005 Analytical Chemistry 56
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
BIOL 2014 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Analysis 56
BIOL 2015 Tissue Culture and Histology 84
BIOL 2016 Immunology and Genetics 56
CHEM 2006 Quality Assurance 56
General Education Courses  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1176

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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