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Find out more about the Holland College/UPEI Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology joint degree here!

Do you love being in the lab? Do you want your work to make a difference in world? Do you see yourself as part of a team that researches problems and develops solutions to serious issues such as the need for new medications and food safety?

The Bioscience Technology program at Holland College is the only one of its kind in the region. We work closely with employers and the industry to ensure this program gives you the training you need for a career in a professional scientific environment. As a bioscience technologist, you can work in fields ranging from agriculture and environmental protection, to plant and animal biology, microbiology, health sciences, and more. You’ll support the work of scientists, engineers, and others in an academic, research, industrial, or production laboratory facility.

In your first year, you’ll develop and hone your laboratory skills. In year two, the focus is on project-based learning: you will work on team projects—as you will in industry—and will also complete an independent research project. You’ll get real-world experience during six weeks of on the job training.

Find out more about OJT opportunities here.

Students perform a variety of different skills while on OJT and in the lab, and the program content is regularly updated to reflect industry needs. The list below is only a sample of the skills our students acquire during the two-year program:

    • Natural-product extraction, fractionation and purification
    • Chromatography (thin-layer, low-pressure, UPLC, HPLC)
    • Fermentation
    • Gel electrophoresis (2D, SDS-PAGE and agarose gels)
    • Media preparation
    • Bacterial and animal cell culture techniques
    • Protein assays
    • Immunological techniques (Western blots, ELISAs)
    • PCR (standard and real-time)
    • Tangential flow filtration
    • siRNA techniques
    • Plasmid preparations
    • Aseptic techniques
    • Spectrophotometry
    • GLP and GMP
    • Lab maintenance and use of equipment (e.g. centrifuges, pH meters, analytical balances)

The Bioscience Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (Technologist level). CTAB accredited programs provide International Mobility rights under the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) through the Sydney and Dublin Accords.


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, please contact us.

If you are interested in participating in more extensive applied research projects, please visit the Applied Research section of this website for more information.

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Bioscience Technologist
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • 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 WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) 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.

Graduate Opportunities

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

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market.This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 2221.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

There are five courses in the Applied Sciences and Engineering department that are relevant to this program: Immunology, Chromatography, Statistics, Math, and Chemistry. Computer Essentials, listed under the Computer Studies department, is also a requirement for this program.

Tuition & Fees

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Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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