Biotechnician Program Outcomes

Certificate of Achievement – Biotechnician

This Certificate of Achievement program:

  • Prepares students for entry-level employment in the biotechnology industry and research labs. Students learn basic laboratory skills, equipment operation and maintenance, quality control, safety, and good manufacturing practices.
  • Meets the needs of Hawai‘i and the nation for a trained workforce in the biotechnology industry
  • Serves as the core of the Biotechnology Pathway for the Associate of Science in Natural Science (ASNS) degree, providing students intending to transfer to 4-year institutions as life science majors with a solid foundation in molecular and cell biology
  • Can be taken concurrently with the Medical Laboratory Technician curriculum and thus adds biotechnology and research competencies to the Medical Laboratory Technician AS degree

Program competencies: Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Perform highly technical procedures such as cell counting, DNA extraction and characterization, cloning, PCR, ELISA, and other immunological techniques, maintenance of cell lines, protein isolation and purification
  • Conduct research experiments following operation and safety protocols and apply knowledge of theory and techniques sufficient to troubleshoot appropriately
  • Analyze and display data using computer technology
  • Manage laboratory activities, including record keeping, ordering supplies and preparing reports
  • Understand and monitor the use of biological, chemical or radioactive hazards

Program Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Perform highly technical procedures such as cell counting, DNA extraction and characterization, cloning, PCR, ELISA, and other immunological techniques, maintenance of cell lines, protein isolation and purification
  • Conduct research experiments following operation and safety protocols and apply knowledge of theory and techniques sufficient to troubleshoot appropriately
  • Analyze and display data using computer technology
  • Manage laboratory activities, including record keeping, ordering supplies and preparing reports
  • Apply successful problem-solving skills in working with biological, chemical or radioactive hazards

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