The Biological Technology Program offers five different certificate programs, each preparing you for entry-level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and research institutions.

During the program, you will get hands-on work experience in the biotechnology industry, learn from industry speakers about current advances in biotechnology, and take tours of local biotech facilities.

Career Opportunities
The Biotechnology program can lead to entry-level work in:
  • Biomedical industry
  • Academic research laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Agriculture
  • Food Science laboratory
  • Genetic Engineering laboratory

Biotechnology program is interdisciplinary, including courses and practical training in math, chemistry, biology, computer skills, and English. Courses focus on practical laboratory skills combined with training in a working laboratory setting.

You will be kept informed on current advances in biotechnology by speakers from industry, internet assignments and tours of local biotech facilities. This program offers classroom instruction and supervised work experience in the biotechnology industry.

You must be willing to spend a considerable amount of time working on long-term projects and participating in outreach programs to the community.

Biological Technology | Certificate of Achievement

The Biological Technology Certificate prepares you to work in entry-level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and research institutions.

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Biological Technology- Laboratory Skills | Occupational Skills Certificate

The Biological Technology Certificate prepares you to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and research institutions

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Computational Biology | Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares you with the interdisciplinary skills required to seek employment at an entry level in performing data acquisition, management, and analysis in laboratory environments.

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Laboratory Assistant Option | Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares you to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology where a biology or chemistry degree is not required. Emphasis is on practical laboratory skills combined with training in a working laboratory setting

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Stem Cell Culture | Certificate of Achievement

This program prepares you to work to work in entry level positions in the field of cell culture, stem cell culture, and manipulations.

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Requirements for Admission

To be selected for the Biotechnology Program you must:

  1. Have graduated from an accredited high school or equivalent with a 2.0 GPA
  2. Complete an application for admission to the program
  3. Have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college level work
  4. Successfully completed Chemistry 1A

How to Join the Biological Technology Program

Application for the Biological Technology Certificate Program may be made at any time. Applicants are on a first-come first-served basis and are accepted for the next Biology 102A course. We encourage you to spend the intervening time working on the general requirements, increasing your computer skills and participating in other program activities.

  1. Apply for admission to PCC. Get Started 

  2. Apply to the Biological Technology Program. Apply Online 

  3. Register for Biology *102A (*Biology 110 is a prerequisite for Biology 102A). 
  4. Attend the program orientation on the first day of class.

Program Summary:

Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy at Pasadena City College is a stem cell training program funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency. The program offers exciting new research, educational, and training opportunities to biotechnology students at Pasadena City College (PCC).

If you are selected to participate in the CIRM Bridges Internship Program, you will have an opportunity to participate in a one-year paid internship in a world-class laboratory performing stem cell research. In addition, you will also be eligible for additional coursework and educational enhancement activities related to stem cell biology offered by the host research institutions.

Benefits of the Program:

  • prepares you for research and career opportunities in the fields of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine
  • provides you with a theoretical and practical education in the rapidly growing field of stem cell research by offering new educational, research, and training opportunities
  • at the end of the internship program, you will be capable of obtaining placement in world-class research institutions and laboratories

Research Internships:

CIRM-Bridges Interns participate full-time in stem cell related research projects in one of three internship-host laboratories that provide a research intensive environment: USC, Caltech, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

As an intern you will be compensated with a stipend and appropriate academic credit. You must be enrolled as a student at PCC during the internship - tuition and educational fees will be paid.


Additional available coursework will include: advanced stem cell manipulation techniques course taught in collaboration with Caltech applications of fluorescence microscopy and journal club presentations. Interns will also be eligible for coursework and training activities related to stem cell biology offered by the host institutions. In addition, all interns participate in a stem cell training course that will focus on “Current Protocols in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.”

Educational Enhancement Activities:

Various educational enhancement activities that prepare students for internships and enhance the internship experience will be available. Activities include seminars and symposiums (intellectual property and confidentiality issues, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, bioethics, stem cell career opportunities) and specialized workshops (data management, bioinformatics, scientific writing and presentations, graduate school applications). Interns are required to attend research presentations and a stem cell biology seminar series. Interns will present their own research findings at a research symposium at the conclusion of the internship.

Application Process:

Upon completion of the PCC Biotechnology Program and required courses, you may apply for a CIRM-funded research internship. Interested students must attend an orientation meeting and submit an initial application, transcripts, resumé, and a letter of recommendation. Applicants are expected to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Biological Technology (or equivalent) and a Stem Cell Culture Certificate from the Biological Technology Program at PCC.


Pamela Eversole-Cire, Ph.D.
Program Director, Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy at Pasadena City College

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