Laboratory Assistant Courses

BioPharma I: Bioscience Lab Techniques


  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Must demonstrate appropriate COMPASS level reading (54) and math (47) for Biopharma I and
    math (27) for BioWork. Placement tests are offered by the Placement Testing Center.
  4. Must provide a copy of a transcript of completed associate’s degree or higher.

This hands-on introductory course prepares students to perform functions usually expected in a laboratory setting. Students acquire basic knowledge and operational skills for scientific equipment, sterilization of glassware, and general housekeeping duties required in a lab. Students become proficient in operating, calibrating, and maintaining instruments commonly used in the lab. In addition, they learn to calculate molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions. Students also develop proficiency in performing sterile techniques. Textbook and lab manual required. 100 hours. $215

41061 TTh 6/3–8/26 9 a.m.–1 p.m. NDC 110

BioPharma II: Molecular Biology Techniques

This course is a combination of lectures and hands-on laboratories in molecular biology and recombinant DNA techniques. Students learn handson laboratory techniques found in most molecular biology laboratories. Topics included are DNA and RNA structure, media preparation, restriction enzymes, growth of bacteria, replication, transcription, and translation. The course also covers the use of plasmids and vectors, agarose gel electrophoresis, PCR, Southern and Western blotting, isolation of DNA, and digestion and analysis of DNA. Prerequisite: BioPharma I: BioScience Lab Techniques or college-level bioscience courses. 148 hours. $289

41068 TTh 7/22–11/25 6–10 p.m. NDC

BioPharma III: Animal Cell Culture Techniques

This course provides students with a sound practical and theoretical knowledge of key techniques required to successfully initiate and maintain animal cell culture. Topics include aseptic techniques, growth environment, routine maintenance of cell cultures, cryopreservation, transfection, and cell counting. Other topics include cloning techniques, suspension culture, serum-free culture, evaluation of cryopreserved cells, extraction of DNA from mammalian cells, and use of multi-well plates in cell culture. Upon completion, students demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to grow, maintain, and manipulate cells in culture. Prerequisite: BioPharma I: BioScience Lab Techniques or college-level biology and chemistry courses. 152 hours. $289

Not offered in the summer