Introduction to Bio Careers

biotech studentInterested in biotechnology but afraid you don’t have the academic skills or training to take BioWork or biotechnology training programs? This course combines basic math and science training, along with technical skills development to help students pursue further training in one of the fastest growing industries in the state!
60 hours. $189

Free to qualified participants. Review the HRD Tuition and Fee Waiver Verification form to see if you qualify. An additional $5 materials fee is required at the time of registration, which cannot be waived for exempt participants.

To register, use the Continuing Education registration form and, if appropriate, the HRD Tuition and Fee Waiver Verification form.

50726 M–Th 4/6–5/2 6–10 p.m. NDC 102 March 30 registration deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bio Careers course?

Bio Careers is a pre-Biotechnology training course and introduces students to opportunities in the Biotechnology industry. The 60-credit hour course combines basic math and science training to strengthen and improve students’ skills, along with a focus on career readiness and technical skills development. Computer literacy, teamwork, time management, problem solving, and situational applications are incorporated in the course.

Would the Bio Careers course prepare me for a job in the Biotech industry?

No. The Bio Careers course provides a review and helps you to strengthen your math and science skills. It also helps you develop strong study skills and habits. The Bio Careers helps students succeed in future Biotechnology courses. This enables you to be in the position to pursue further training in one of the fastest growing and best paying industries in the state!

Do you need Bio Careers?

It depends on the individual. Bio Careers is geared towards students who have the desire to know more about the field of Biotechnology while strengthening foundation skills. Students who have been out of school for a long time and others will find the helpful in updating and improving their math, science, and computer skills.

What is the admission and registration process for the Introduction to BioCareers?

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Must have a high school diploma or GED
  3. No testing is required to register for this class
  4. Must have the desire to know more about the field of Biotechnology

When do I take the COMPASS test?

The COMPASS test is administered at the end of the course. A reading level of 54 and math level of 27 is required for acceptance in the BioWork certificate course. Placement tests are offered by the Durham Tech Placement Testing Center at no cost.

Is lab time part of the instruction for Introduction to BioCareers?

Yes, the program offers approximately 20 hours of math and science lab time. Lab time will help students become familiarized with the lab environment and the equipment.

What are the costs for Introduction to BioCareers?

  • The tuition cost for Introduction to BioCareers is FREE for qualified participants.
  • The $5 material fee is required from all students, irrespective of qualification.

Are there required textbooks?

Yes. The instructor will provide students with the required textbook on the first day of class.

Where is the program offered?

The Introduction to BioCareers is offered at the Northern Durham Campu on 2401 Snow Hill Road.