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This program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for entry-level employment in biotechnology and related industries. Coursework will help students develop an understanding of basic scientific principles in biology and chemistry, and will emphasize laboratory techniques and procedures such as solution and media preparation, DNA purification and analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography, maintenance of cells in culture, and quality control techniques. In preparation for the required internship, the program provides students with instruction on resume and cover letter preparation, interpersonal skills, and workplace culture.

The faculty and staff of the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Biotechnology Program are excited to have you join our program. We actively seek guidance from an Advisory Committee selected from local biotechnology industry and transfer institutions, and strive to ensure the education and training you receive from the NOVA Biotechnology Program is cutting edge and relevant in the current job market.

Program Details

The program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in biotechnology and related industries. Coursework provides students with an understanding of basic scientific principles in molecular biology and chemistry, proper laboratory documentation methods, and emphasizes laboratory techniques and procedures such as solution and media preparation, DNA purification and analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography, and quality control techniques. In preparation for the required internship, the program provides students with instruction on resume and cover letter preparation, interpersonal skills, and workplace culture.

Transfer Opportunites

In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study please visit here. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience. For a list of CPL-eligible courses, see the Credit for Prior Learning Manual.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

NOVA Biotechnology program AAS degree recipients are prepared to enter biotechnology and related industries as laboratory, research, or manufacturing technicians, among other positions. Students receiving the Career Studies Certificate may enter the field at the assistant or associate scientist levels.

Student Success Stories

Beatrice David

Beatrice David

The lab projects, presentations, practical applications, mock interviews, events, field trips and a lot more complemented each other to produce an awesome and ready Biotech student. 

Keimer Vacca

Keimer Vacca

During my time at the Manassas Campus I gained lab skills, tips, methods and concepts that are today the foundation of my everyday lab work.

Oksana David

Oksana Murphy

I’m very proud to be one of the first graduates from this program. The biotechnology program prepared me with the skills I needed to excel in my current position as a forensic laboratory specialist.

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