Biotechnology - Advanced (formerly Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics)

The Biotechnology - Advanced program prepares students to analyze forensic, DNA and other medical applications data in automated lab environments.


Fall 2016
Program Status: Waitlisted
Program Code: BTF
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Anna Cappelli Email
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Start Dates: September 06, 2016
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,719.05 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $8,476.85 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Winter 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: BTF
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Anna Cappelli Email
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Start Dates: January 09, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,549.55 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $8,367.35 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

With a career in the field of biotechnology with an emphasis in forensics, you have diverse employment opportunities, from working in biological research to quality assurance, to medical or health-related fields, tracking down criminals or identifying victims of crime. Laboratory related occupations are among the fastest growing occupations in the economy. With specialization in forensics and biotechnology, this program is unique and its graduates are in demand in this emerging field. This advanced diploma program would traditionally take six semesters to complete. However, the program has been designed in an accelerated, compressed format, to provide six semesters of course work over five semesters.

In their final, fifth semester, students can complete their full-time internship from April to August - giving graduates the advantage of getting out into the workforce faster. (Should they so choose, students may defer the summer internship until the fall.) Courses in the program integrate theory and practice opportunities in labs and practice settings. Graduates will be critical thinkers with problem-solving abilities, strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills and a solid foundation in forensic/DNA/medical applications.

Why Choose Fleming

This cross-disciplinary program combines elements from the life sciences, quality control and assurance through ISO17025 regulations, applied computing, forensic science, automation, policing, and business skills. This gives graduates the benefit of having the multiple, job-ready skills that employers are seeking. The program has been developed in response to identified industry needs and a skills shortage in this field. Today's lab environment requires technicians with skills in information technology, data management and data analysis. The college has programs, courses and faculty who specialize in these areas, as well as state-of-the-art technology to support the use of applied technology in laboratory environments. Students will benefit from Fleming's growing faculty expertise in this field. As well, Fleming College is a founding partner in the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster. This strategic alliance between local private and public sector partners was created to advance local research of DNA and forensic science and develop economic growth opportunities, new technology businesses and jobs for the Peterborough region.

Work Experience

A 15-week internship will immerse students in the work culture of a lab environment, give them the opportunity to seek experience in an area of specialization, and promote networking and awareness of the industry and job potential.  Students will work with their faculty in selecting a placement that will be right for them.

Is this You?

To succeed in this occupation, you need the following characteristics:

  • curiosity and imagination
  • persistence and willingness to work long hours
  • willingness to do the reading required to keep up-to-date with new developments and discoveries.

In addition, you should enjoy synthesizing information, finding innovative solutions to problems and working with equipment and instruments at tasks which require precision. You'll likely work in a team environment, so good interpersonal and communications skills are an asset.

Career Opportunities

Program graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of roles, such as DNA analyst, DNA technician/technologist, evidence technician, laboratory technologist, forensic technologist, serologist, and biotechnician/technologist. Employment settings include:

  • private sector laboratories
  • cancer research
  • quality assurance/quality control labs in manufacturing
  • food preparation labs/microbiology testing
  • nuclear power generation chemistry and biology technicians
  • law enforcement forensic labs
  • hospitals and clinical settings involving research based samples
  • pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and development companies
  • government agencies such as the Canadian Centre for Forensic Science, the RCMP and OPP forensic labs
  • university laboratories
  • municipal waste water and drinking water treatment facilities
  • application of pollution prevention, waste minimization, and water recycling
  • microbiological testing facilities
  • laboratory analysis to test food products
  • plant and animal pathogen analysis
  • animal science, aquaculture, wildlife management and restoration
  • agricultural biotechnology research, breeding and selection
  • laboratory services following ISO 17025 standards.

Emerging career fields include microbial forensics and its applications to bio-terrorism and microbial disease. Program graduates can pursue further specialization and seek accreditation with regulating bodies such as the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO).

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • 2 College (C) Math courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • 2 College (C) Science courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12) 

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program. All applicants will be required to achieve course credit in the mandatory sciences, through Secondary School, Academic Upgrading or College preparatory programs.

Related Programs

If you don't possess the required science courses for admission to this program, or if you want to enhance your likelihood for entry, consider the one-year General Arts and Science- College Health Science Option . Fleming College has reserved space in the Biotechnology Technologist - Forensics program for students who successfully complete one year of study in this program.

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