Program Information

Degree Type: 
Certificate of Achievement

Trains students for positions as biotechnology technicians in the region’s molecular biology-based industries and institutions in an intensive one-year program. Henry Ford College's Biotechnology program is unique in that its curriculum is a direct outgrowth of the technical and workplace competencies identified by Southeastern Michigan’s biotechnology employers for technicians.

HFC's Biotechnology program integrates authentic work-based experiences, training in modern instrumentation and new technologies, and rigorous science content to produce adaptable technicians that support the changing workplace. Although this program centers on skills identified by regional biotechnology employers, the skills gained by students in this program will prepare them for employment in biotechnology-based industries in other regions of the country and the world. Additionally, skills gained by students in this program will prepare them for advanced training in biotechnology-related fields.

The Biotechnology Certificate will be offered only to students who already possess an associate’s degree (or higher) and who seek specific coursework to prepare for jobs in biotechnology-related industries and institutions.

NOTE: This is not a medical technology program, and so is not designed to prepare students to work in clinical laboratories.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in preparing, dispensing, and appropriately labeling laboratory solutions/reagents, and in maintaining solution/reagent integrity.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using, calibrating, and maintaining standard laboratory equipment; perform method validation.
  • Perform basic laboratory measurements, calculations, and statistical analyses of data.
  • Communicate professionally both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate biotechnology laboratory workplace skills, including safety skills, scientific accountability and ethical behavior, appropriate workplace behavior.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of standard forms of laboratory documentation.
  • Solve problems in biotechnology by determining the appropriate application of standard biotechnology techniques and equipment.
  • Apply the scientific method to the design and execution of experiments and the analysis and interpretation of experimental data.
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Students must apply for entry into the Advanced Skills Certificate program in Biotechnology. Applications to the program are available in the Science Office (S-115).

NOTE: All of the following prerequisites must be completed at the time the application is submitted:

  • College transcripts with conference of an associates degree or higher with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
  • English Proficiency - Completion of ENG 131 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better
  • Chemistry prerequisite - Completion of CHEM 141 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better
  • Biology prerequisite - Completion of BIO 152 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
21.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Applicants considering a career in Biotechnology should be aware that, during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field, they may work in situations where exposure to infectious agents is possible. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum.

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Math and Science Division: 313-845-9631,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Jolie Stepaniak: 313-845-9646,, Science Bldg, Room: J-114C
Career Opportunities: 

Students who have earned an associate’s degree or certificate in Biotechnology can obtain an entry-level job as a Biotechnology Technician in:

  • Industry (e.g., pharmaceutical company)
  • Forensics (e.g., police crime laboratory)
  • Research and development (e.g., university research laboratory)
  • Government (e.g., USDA laboratory)
  • Biotechnology is a growing field, so the number of positions available for Biotechnology Technicians is expected to increase. Starting salary for students completing a Biotechnology Certificate is estimated to be $12-14/hour (based on information from regional biotech employers).