Holland College | Bioscience Technology

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.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year Joint Degree
Tuition $ 5,408 $ 4,239 $ 4,239
Lab Fee $ 1,000 $ 1,300 $ 1,300
Student Union $ 168 $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420 $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80 $ 80
Grad Fee   $ 100 $ 100
Total $ 7,076 $ 6,307 $ 6,307
 Intersession 1 - Aug. 24, 2020     $ 416
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 3,514 $ 3,271 $ 2,855
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 3,562 $ 3, 036 $ 3,036
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year  
Books $ 930 $ -- $ 150
Materials/Supplies $ 100 $ 100 $ 100
Total $ 1030 $ 100 $ 250

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

Recipient of the 2020 Gold Program Excellence Award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

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, and 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 will 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.

The Bioscience Technology program is a CTAB (Canadian Technology Accreditation Board) nationally accredited program at the technologist level.

National program accreditation involves an independent team of certified professionals performing an extensive audit, which provides graduates and employers confidence the program meets the educational standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession.

Graduating from a national accredited program creates an expedited path to becoming a certified professional with provincial certifying bodies in Canada.

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science & Technology and the Charlottetown Centre. Click on the links to take a virtual tour of each building.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


Holland College/UPEI Bachelor of Science joint degree

Holland College and UPEI offer a joint Bachelor of Science degree. The technical lab-based content is covered at Holland College in the Bioscience Technology diploma program either during the first two years of the degree for students who start at Holland College or in Year 3 for students who start at UPEI. Find out more about the Holland College/UPEI Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology joint degree here.

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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