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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Biological Sciences Technology Laboratory Research and Biotechnology

Sep 08, 2020
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  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

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Learn what it takes to uncover secrets of the biosphere

In the Laboratory Research and Biotechnology 2-year diploma program, you will study biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, cell culture, animal physiology and animal-handling techniques. You’ll also gain a firm understanding of the principles of quality assurance/quality control that are imperative in a lab.

Gain the laboratory skills essential in life sciences and biotechnology and prepare yourself for a rewarding career in research.

By the end of the program you’ll be familiar with how to use and apply current technologies and research methods in animal physiology, molecular biology, cell culture, immunology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology. You’ll be shown the importance of effective communication and lab competency, and learn to work safely and efficiently in a team environment.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Our industry is constantly changing. We work with industry partners to ensure the information and skills included in our curriculum is consistent with industry needs and the current job market. 

Skills you'll acquire

During the first semester, you'll acquire skills and knowledge in the general sciences of biology and chemistry, communications, ethics, botany, zoology, genetics, and lab techniques and calculations.

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Work with DNA, RNA and proteins
  • Culture and identify bacteria and viruses
  • Perform biological and biochemical analyses of cells
  • Conduct cell cloning procedures
  • Perform immunological assays
  • Handle and work with lab animals
  • Perform chemical testing using analytical equipment
  • Perform basic surgical techniques
  • Conduct a gene knock-down study
  • Work safely with radioisotopes
  • Perform a gene expression study using real-time PCR
  • Design and manage a group-based project
  • Use QA/QC principles to obtain accurate and reproducible data
  • Conduct literature searches, perform oral presentations and prepare written reports
  • Consider ethical issues surrounding research questions


This program maintains 6 dedicated instructional laboratories for the delivery of program curriculum, supported by a technical support team of 5 skilled and dedicated individuals. These labs contain an extensive inventory of scientific equipment for investigative and instructional purposes.

We also use various lecture and computer facilities throughout the institute.

Enter the workforce with confidence

The Laboratory Research and Biotechnology program provides training for employment in a diverse biotechnology and research lab market. Graduates have been employed in:

  • the biotechnology industry
  • medical research (e.g. cancer, diabetes, cardiac or colitis research)
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • the agriculture and food industry
  • microbiology and virology
  • analytical chemistry labs
  • waste water treatment
  • post-secondary institutions
  • forensics

Is this program right for you?

To be successful in this program, you must be able to demonstrate the ability to work as an efficient member of a team and display strong interpersonal and communication skills. Further training and the continued acquisition of additional specialized skills may be required to fulfill the needs of your employer or position.

Employment opportunities are not always found locally. Therefore, you must be willing to relocate to various geographical locations within the province, and perhaps western Canada, to secure employment after graduation.

An important key to obtaining successful employment is being able to promote yourself as an individual, and as a well-trained and valuable technologist.

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Entry into the Biological Sciences - Laboratory Research and Biotechnology specialization is competitive based on academic performance and will be established using the rankings of your weight-averaged marks upon application.  Due to resource and training considerations, the program maintains a second-year enrollment quota of 20 students in the laboratory research and biotechnology program.

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Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.