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.
Gain Industry Experience
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.
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 resumes 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.
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.
Industry Certifications and Recognition
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 nationally accredited program creates an expedited path to becoming a certified professional with provincial certifying bodies in Canada.
This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.
||Details of Agreement
|Memorial University Marine Institute, Newfoundland
||Bachelor of Technology
||Graduates can complete the Bachelor of Technology with an additional 13 courses. This program may be completed on site or through distance education.
|University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
||Bachelor of Science in Bioscience Technology
||Graduates are granted two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Science in Bioscience Technology degree.
|Royal Roads University, Victoria, B.C.
||Bachelor of Science
||Graduates receive up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree.
|University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Saint John, N.B.
||Bachelor of Applied Management
||Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.