Biotechnology (Fast-Track)

Program Code: 3621

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

Qualified college or university graduates (please see the Admission Requirements section for more information), gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of this nationally-accredited two-year program, and receive their diploma in one year (two semesters).  This program prepares you to work as a bench technician in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

This program proves thorough practical training in industrial microbiology as well as chemistry – analytical, organic and biochemistry.  Laboratory techniques, including appropriate safety procedures, are extensively highlighted.  A special feature of the program is our focus on the project approach, with independently designed microbiology projects that enhance your problem-solving and research skills.

You may graduate in one year as a biotechnician or continue for a second year to study specialized topics such as advanced biotechnology and microbial genetics or systematic microbiology, graduating as a Biotechnology – Advanced.

You will learn to:

  • Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil, air, your body, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products);
  • Prepare specimens for staining and become an expert light-microscopist
  • Become proficient in aseptic handling of materials
  • Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, Gas Chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV), and HPLC’s;
  • Prepare microbiological media and reagents; culture pathogenic microbes;
  • Design and perform your own microbiology experiments;
  • Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.


The Biotechnology program is a repeat recipient of the Centennial College President’s Academic Program Recognition Award for outstanding student satisfaction.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ABEG-125 Occupational Health and Safety (online) Morningside Campus
BAM-108 Biological Techniques Morningside Campus
BI-207 Microbiology Project 1 Morningside Campus
BI-208 Food Microbiology Morningside Campus
CH-121 Organic Chemistry Morningside Campus
CH-207 Analytical Chemistry Morningside Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
BI-206 Microbiology Project 2 Morningside Campus
BI-209 Pharmaceutical Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-312 Recombinant DNA Technology Morningside Campus
CH-222 Biochemistry 1 Morningside Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • Graduates may apply for certification through Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) to use the following professional designation:  Certified Technician (CTech)
  • Eight up-to-date laboratories and modern wireless lecture facilities
  • Thorough laboratory raining, starting from the basics up to professional skills
  • Theory is combined with on-going laboratory work
  • High program graduation rate and student satisfaction
  • Training on GMP and HACCP to industry standards
  • Qualified and caring faculty and staff provide individual attention in laboratories
  • Teamwork skills are encouraged and developed
  • Qualified graduates may apply to enter the third year of the Biotechnology – Advanced program


CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Biotechnology program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).


Career Outlook

  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Microbiology Lab Technician
  • Chemist –Calibration
  • Sterile specialist
  • Analytical Chemist / Microbiologist
  • Microbiology Lab Analyst
  • QC Raw Material Analyst

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in chemistry/biology or engineering, or related discipline

Additional Requirements

  • Transcript review is required
  • Centennial College English Skills Assessment is required (must score of 160 or 161 for admission)

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.