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Biomedical Technician Proficiency Certificate

In conjunction with the Wistar Institute, a national cancer research center, the College offers the Biomedical Technician Training Program. This program provides the only on-site professional biomedical research training in the Philadelphia region for post-high school, 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 BTT program receive an orientation to biomedical research technologies from mentors at these institutions. 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 50% of those who complete the 2-year BTT program obtain positions as biomedical research assistants within 6 months. Two options exist for a student to obtain this certificate. The student may:

  1. Take only the courses leading to the certificate.
  2. Take the courses leading to the certificate as part of the Applied Science and Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Biomedical Technician Proficiency Certificate the student will be able to:

  • Build upon the knowledge and skills acquired from other science courses.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work safely, effectively, and efficiently with living cells and the proteins and genetic material extracted from them.
  • Understand the role of research technicians in the laboratory.
  • Enter the job-market as a skilled, competent biomedical laboratory research assistant.

Entrance Requirements:
The Biomedical Technician Proficiency Certificate is a select proficiency certificate. To apply for the certificate the student must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at an accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Students must have completed English 101 and have successfully completed an in-person interview with the BTTP Academic Coordinator and the BTTP Program Director from the Wistar Institute.

Biomedical Technician Proficiency Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Prerequisites Credits
ENGL 101 English Composition   3
MATH 118 Intermediate Algebra (or Placement in MATH 161 or higher)   3
CHEM 110 or CHEM 121 Introductory Chemistry or College Chemistry MATH 118 placement
ENGL 101 ready
BIOL 123 Cellular and Molecular Biology CHEM 121 or CHEM 110 4
BTT 100 Introduction to Biomedical Technology BIOL 123, MATH 118 or higher, ENGL 101 1
BTT 101 Biomedical Technician Training BTT 100 2
BTT 201 Biomedical Technician Training BTT 101 4
Total Credits: 21


Successful Completion:
Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed above. In order to receive a "C" grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete assignments, exams and participate in class activities.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430.

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