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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. Demonstrate appropriate reading level (COMPASS 54 or ASSET 35) and math level (COMPASS 27 or ASSET 36) for BioWork; math (COMPASS 47) for BioPharma; OR provide a copy of a transcript of any completed associate’s degree or higher. Placement tests are offered by the Placement Testing Center.

This hands-on introductory course prepares students to perform functions usually expected in a laboratory setting. Students learn how to operate scientific equipment, sterilize glassware, and perform general housekeeping duties required in a 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. $225

46255 MWF 4/8–6/5 9 a.m.–1 p.m. NDC 110 April 1 registration deadline

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 hands-on laboratory techniques found in most molecular biology laboratories. Topics include 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

45374 TTh 2/10–6/16 6–10 p.m. NDC 110 February 3 registration deadline