Bioscience Technology

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Bioscience Technologist
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 12 academic biology, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 12 academic chemistry, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic math, minimum of 70%
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Fees for the academic year 2018/2019.

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 5,187 $ 4,061
Lab Fee $ 1,000 $ 1,000
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410 $ 410
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Grad Fee   $ 90
Total $ 6,845 $ 5,809
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 3,402 $ 2,977
2ndinstallment due January 7 $ 3,443 $ 2,832
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 900 $
Materials/Supplies $ 100 $ 100
Total $ 1000 $ 100

Graduates from this program may find employment as:

  • Biological laboratory technologist
  • Microbiology quality control technologist
  • Microbiology technologist
  • Food bacteriological technician
  • Plant breeding technician
  • Agricultural technologist
  • Aquaculture technician

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

The Bioscience Technology program is the only one of its kind in the region. As a student, you will develop and hone your laboratory and scientific research skills. Throughout the program, you will learn natural product extraction, fermentation, bacterial and animal cell culture skills and techniques. You will take part in six weeks of on the job training so that you can apply your skills in a real work environment. You’ll also focus on project-based learning and will complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

Students participate in events and seminars sponsored by the PEI BioAlliance and make site visits to local biotechnology companies.

Our program is very closely associated with the biotechnology and bioscience industries on PEI and is expanding its involvement to the other Maritime provinces. This gives our students access to amazing on the job training opportunities.

On the job training is developed in consultation with our industry partners. Mentoring partners from both academic and industry sources prepare and submit a brief job description to the Bioscience Technology instructors. The students then review these descriptions and submit resumés for consideration by the mentoring partners of the projects in which they are interested. We then host a day of interviews at Holland College, where students and potential mentors are allotted 20 minutes to meet and discuss the projects. Each student must interview for at least three positions. At the end of the day, both the students and the mentoring partners rank their choices in order of preference.

Interviews for placements off-island can be conducted via Skype or FaceTime, or, if a student finds their own mentoring partner (potentially in his or her home province), the formal interviewing process is amended.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.

Research Capabilities

Put our future bioscience technicians to work on your project. We are available for short-term research collaborations and specialize in isolation and purification of compounds from natural products, and compound testing (e.g. toxicity and migration assays) in bacterial and animal cell cultures. Work on these projects is led by program staff (instructors and laboratory technicians) with assistance from our students as appropriate. If you have a short-term project that you would like to discuss with us, or if you are interested in participating in more extensive applied research projects, please contact the Applied Research department.


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