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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Centennial College's Biotechnology - Advanced (Fast-Track) program sees qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of a three-year Biotechnology program, and receive their technologist advanced diploma in two years (four semesters).

About

In the Biotechnology - Advanced (Fast Track) program's courses, you learn the scientific principles, techniques and skills needed to work in industrial microbiology and chemistry. Specialized study in biotechnology applications, biochemistry, microbial genetics and clinical and environmental microbiology is also included.

You'll learn the theory and technical practice needed to succeed in the field, combined with many opportunities for you to enhance your experience. Additionally, project work, in consultation with faculty, helps you to further develop your skills in research, laboratory techniques, report writing and presentation.

You learn to:

  • Perfect your aseptic techniques.
  • Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (the human body, water, soil, air, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products).
  • Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, gas chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV), HPLCs, centrifuges, PCR thermocyclers and gel electrophoresis equipment.
  • Prepare microbiological media and reagents.
  • Culture pathogenic microbes.
  • Design and perform advanced microbiology and microbial genetics experiments.
  • Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.

Career Outlook

  • Quality control technologist
  • Microbiologist/scientist
  • Production and research scientist
  • Research associate
  • Analytical chemist/microbiologist
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Quality assurance technologist

Accreditation

The Biotechnology – Advanced (Fast Track Co-op) program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Biological Techniques
  • Microbiology Project 
  • Food Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • College Communications 

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • More details:

          International students: Apply early! Allow approximately four to six months before start for admission and Study Permit/Visa processing. 

        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 24 months
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
        • More information Go to the programme website

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:

          88

          The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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        • Minimum required score:

          580

          The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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        • Minimum required score:

          6.5

          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

          Schedule IELTS
        • Minimum required score:

          60

          PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

        Academic Requirements

        Academic Requirements
        • College diploma or university degree in chemistry/biology, engineering, or related discipline
        Additional Requirements
        • Transcript review
        • Centennial College English Skills Assessment (must score 170 or 171 for admission)

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          12800 CAD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 12800 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
        • National

          2767 CAD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 2767 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        Living costs for Toronto

        • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

        Funding

        Check the programme website for information about funding options.

        Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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        Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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