Sharpen your skills with our Biotechnology Lab Specialist Certificate

SPC offers a Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist Certificate for students who want to work in the field of biotechnology as soon as they graduate. This hands-on certificate covers the core skills that are part of SPC's Biotechnology Laboratory Technology A.S. Degree but can be earned as a stand-alone credential. Courses in the certificate can also be applied to SPC's Biology B.S. Degree or earned after completing the bachelor's degree. Students are eligible to sit for the nationally recognized Biotechnology Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) toward the end of the certificate program.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Biological Technicians

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What you learn in SPC's Certificate program

  • How to communicate scientific concepts and practice good record-keeping using standard scientific format.
  • Systematically and safely demonstrate basic laboratory skills related to working in a laboratory environment.
  • Apply concepts and principles related to regulatory compliance including Good Documentation Practices and Quality Assurance.

Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2023 (625)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2023 (625), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

The Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist Certificate represents the core skills-based courses of the Biotechnology A.S. degree. Candidates for this Certificate include students enrolled in the Biotechnology A.S. program, students in the Biology B.S. program who want to strengthen their lab skills, and new students seeking to enter the biotechnology workforce. Graduates have gained essential knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Cell Culture and Genetics and have demonstrated the expertise required to work in a laboratory or bio-manufacturing setting. 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Natavia Middleton
Dr. Diane Vorbroker
Program Director

Florida CIP Code

0341010101 - Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist (CCC )

Federal CIP Code

41.0101 - Biology/Biotechnology Technology/Technician.