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The tragic shooting in Oregon serves as a sobering reminder that safety and security is both our individual and collective responsibility, and each of us contributes in important ways.

Over the weekend, the FBI and ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) notified all area colleges and universities of social media posts directing threats of violence at an institution of higher learning near Philadelphia on Monday, October 5. While there is no threat against a specific college or university, the advisory reminds us we must vigorously monitor our surroundings and work together to keep the city safe.

The College’s Department of Safety and Security has increased security and is working with the Philadelphia Police Department to increase patrols on the College’s Main Campus and the West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers.

Please report suspicious activity to security at (215)751-8111 or call extension 5555 from a College phone. Call 911 to report any active threat to law enforcement.

Biomedical Technician Proficiency Certificate

In conjunction with The Wistar Institute, a national cancer research center, the College offers the Biomedical Technician proficiency certificate. This certificate provides the only on-site professional biomedical research training in the Philadelphia region for post-high school and undergraduate students, and for persons making a career change to become a biomedical research laboratory assistant.

At Wistar and affiliate institutions, students selected for the Biomedical Technician program receive an orientation to biomedical research technologies from mentors. Laboratory practicum training also takes place at the basic science research institutions, while internships take place in research institutions and at regional biotech and biopharmaceutical companies during the summer sessions. Approximately half of the students who complete this two-year program obtain positions as biomedical research assistants within six months.

Degree Options

Upon receiving your proficiency certificate, you may enter the workforce, or your courses may be applied to the Applied Science and Engineering Technology associate's degree program, and then transfer to a four-year college.

Career Options

  • Biomedical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • Academic research centers
  • Nonprofit research institutions
  • Hospitals


View the College Catalog for More Information