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Biotechnology – Advanced

Available as a two- or three-year program

Biotechnology plays a critical role in the battles against hunger, disease and pollution. It is used in developing precision medicines and gene therapies, environmental decontamination to restore polluted spaces and engineering crops to improve their yield and nutrition.


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Biotechnology)

    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Advanced)

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

  • Location
    • Belleville campus

Find your career

A career in biotechnology holds many opportunities to make an impact in government, industry, education and medical facilities.

  • There is a growing demand for skilled technicians, lab technologists and research assistants.
  • You could work in life sciences, agriculture, food production, pharmaceuticals, and sanitation or health research.
  • Graduates also find opportunities in regulation and enforcement, quality control and sales.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Chemical Engineering Technologist, DuPont Canada Co., Kingston
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Lab Technician, Beau's All Natural Brewing Company, Vankleek Hill
  • Senior Primary Inspector, Canada Food Inspection Agency
  • Research and Development, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Biopharmaceutical Production Assistant, Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
  • Research Technologist, Environmental Health, Science and Research Bureau, Health Canada
  • Health Researcher, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Brewmaster/Biotechnician, Huntsville Wine and Beer

Is it for you?

People who succeed in biotechnology:

  • May be fans of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Are drawn by the potential of science to make people’s lives better
  • Have strong skills in math and science

What employers say

“We have a big asset in Belleville ... Loyalist College has a very complete training program for laboratory technicians. They come out of Loyalist, they are anxious to learn, and they fit really well into this scientific environment. These people we hope will become employees for life.”
Graeme McRae, Chairman Emeritus
Bioniche Life Sciences

Experiential learning

Study in the newly equipped Bay of Quinte Skills Centre:

  • Hands-on learning combines classroom theory and practical, lab-based instruction.
  • Work in state-of-the-art Instrumentation and Molecular Biology labs equipped with PCR and DNA sequencing technology.
  • Get experience with a wide variety of instrumentation used in genetics, microbiology, fermentation and forensics.
  • Get on-the-job, practical experience with field placements in the second and third year.

Expand your knowledge in Biotechnology – Advanced:

  • The third year focuses on intensive, laboratory-based instruction and project-based learning in molecular biology, microbiology, analytical instrumentation, tissue culture and cutting-edge extraction technologies.
  • A placement in your final semester can be a foot in the door to your next job.


Earn certifications while you study.  

  • Ontario Water Wastewater Certification
  • MOE Entry Level Drinking Water Operator Certification

Expand your opportunities in Biosciences

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with active, involved instructors who are committed to students’ success.
  • The teaching labs were set up by a program coordinator who brings 15 years of experience working in three different countries as a research geneticist.

AccessAbility Services 

The AccessAbility Services team is committed to providing academic supports to students with documented disabilities. Services are free, voluntary and confidential. Given that each student’s needs are unique, services and accommodations in the academic setting are arranged on an individual basis and based on the student’s supporting documentation. Click here for a list of some of the services provided by AccessAbility Services. To register with AccessAbility Services, please complete the AccessAbility Services Application.

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