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Program Description

Biotechnology lies in the realm of medical research and lab science, leading to a wealth of careers in such fields as pharmacy and research technology, quality control analysis, and forensic science. Students learn how to interpret laboratory requests, use protective clothing and hazardous material containment, collect specimens, use a variety of laboratory testing and techniques, and more. They also gain skills in such lab processes as DNA isolation, bacterial cell culture and gel electrophoresis as well as the scientific research process.

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Skills Taught


  • Basic Lab Standard Operating Protocols
  • Basic Handling, Prep, Storage and Disposal of Equipment and Supplies
  • Weights and Measures
  • Pipetting
  • Basic Lab Safety
  • Glassware
  • Autoclaving


  • Aseptic Technique
  • Basic Cell Culture; Broth and Plate
  • Microbial Taxonomy and Classification
  • Colony Morphology
  • Basic Cell Staining


  • Chemical Analysis of Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates, Nucleic Acids and Enzymes
  • Separation Techniques: Chromatography, Centrifugation and Filtration
  • Making Solutions (Molarity/Molality)

Molecular Biology

  • Genetics
  • DNA Extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Transformation
  • PCR
  • Restriction Enzyme Digest
  • Protein Isolation and Analysis
  • Spectroscopy


  • Microsoft Office
  • Lab Notebooking

Career-Based Learning Opportunities

  • Clinical Lab Science
  • Allied Health Labs at UC
  • Phlebotomy Tech at Walgreens
  • Patient Care Tech Drake Hospital

Credentials and College Credit Opportunities

  • AP Human Geography
  • AP English Lit
  • AP Psychology
  • CPR/First Aid
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, Safety and Health Certification
  • National Career Readiness Certificate (WorkKeys)
  • Up to three college credits available in:
    • Medical Terminology

Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical Lab Assistant
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Phlebotomist Lab Technician
  • Microbiology Generalist
  • Pharmacist

Student Organizations/Key Affiliations

  • Skills USA

Business Partners Connection

This is the advisory committee that assists with planning, evaluation and instruction.

  • Walgreens
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • University of Cincinnati Department of Allied Health, Clinical Lab Tech
  • Southwest Ohio Biotech Education Consortium


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