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Accurate Data Collection

follow SOP's, detailed lab records

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Reports and documentation

for processing and testing samples

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Lab skills and regulations

processing and testing samples

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Tests measuring potency of product.
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Perform assays

chemical content and contaminants

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Lab processes and procedures
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Tests and assays

for presence of beneficial and harmful microbes

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Know the why and what of regulations, and the how and why of testing and cGMP. The Biological Testing Technician certificate provides training appropriate for work in certified testing labs. Students will learn and practice lab skills for processing and testing samples for chemical content and contaminants, presence of beneficial and harmful microbes and potency of product. The types of certified testing lab include medical diagnostics (such as COVID-19 testing), environmental monitoring, food nutrition and safety, and cannabis.

Course Requirements (3 total, 159 hours)

Boot camp to start the program

  • BIOSC875N – Work Skills in Preparation for Applied Life Science Projects (15-108 hours)

Technical lab skills, sampling, and documentation

  • BIOSC857N/859N – Foundations in Biotechnology lecture and lab (108 hours)

Working in a regulated environment, cGMP

  • BIOSC882N – Safety and Efficacy of Regulated Products (36 hours)

Competencies

  • Graduates recognize the importance of following established procedures
  • Graduates understand that the Right to Operate is based on Quality systems and regulatory compliance
  • Graduates have strong technical skills (eg. precision in pipetting, weighing, sample handling, avoiding contamination)
  • Graduates know the imporance of quality in every step of making a product (eg. storage of samples, finish and fill, labeling, tracking)
  • Graduates work with integrity and honesty in a manner expected by regulatory agencies

Skills in

  • Perform measurements, tests or assays and present data in an appropriate manner
  • Maintaining detailed lab records
  • cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Bioassays
  • Data collection strategies
  • Timely preparation of deliverables
  • Communication and teamwork in a scientific environment
  • Good documentation practices
  • Standard Operating Procedures

Knowledge of

  • Lab processes and procedures
  • Scientific thinking and data collection strategies
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • cGMP and GLP
  • Batch records
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Process improvement using quality concepts
  • Importance of following established procedures
  • Inspections & Audits

Ability to

  • Perform Mathematical manipulations, including accurate preparation solutions and dilutions
  • Maintain a safe and productive work environment
  • Comply with applicable Regulations and Standards, including good documentation and labeling
  • Method development
  • Follow SOP’s
  • Accurate data collection
  • Comply with standards for accurate documentation
  • Communicate objectives and results of work
  • Perform assays according to validated protocols
  • Comply with regulations and oversight in biological manufacturing
  • Product development and commercialization with cGMP and GLP
  • Validation: Equipment, Process, Computer, Analytical, Cleaning

What type of jobs does this prepare for?

  • Cannabis industry
  • Food safety
  • Medical diagnostic lab
  • Nutritional supplement production
  • Environmental monitoring

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Perform measurements, tests or assays and present data in an appropriate manner
  • Perform Mathematical manipulations, including accurate preparation solutions and dilutions
  • Maintain a safe and productive work environment
  • Comply with applicable Regulations and Standards, including good documentation and labeling

For the official Biological Testing Technician Non Credit Certificate Program Outline of Record (POR) click here.

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