Biotechnology Certificate Program


Our program prepares students for careers as entry-level technicians in biotechnology and life sciences laboratories. Over the course of two 11-week semesters, followed by a 12-week paid internship, students master the cutting-edge technical skills, instrumentation, and quality control measures required to work as entry-level lab technicians. Each semester follows a thoughtful workflow that incorporates practice of industrial methods to prepare students for work in the thriving biosciences economy. In addition to hands-on technical laboratory training, students are mentored by industry professionals and learn valuable career skills including communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and time management. 

Upcoming Events

Class of 2020 Graduation
September 2020

Rolling admissions for Class of 2021
On Going

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Open House
October 2020

Program Details

  • Small class size fosters one-on-one coaching
  • Open to residents of greater Cape Ann region
  • Age range: 18 – 26 years old
  • Full-time program: 8:30a to 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday, September through February
  • Full-time, guaranteed, paid-internship, March through May

Career Skills

  • Foster life skills required for professional employment
  • Establish critical thinking and rhetoric through journal article discussions
  • Assist with internship and job application process
  • Teach professional written and oral communications
  • Introduce different types of labs through field trips and guest speakers


  • Full-time, three-month, paid-experience
  • Work at prestigious biotech companies
  • Mentorship from professional scientists
  • Develop new laboratory skills
  • Network with industry leaders

Curriculum Overview

Semester 1: DNA Techniques

  • Develop skills including lab safety, following detailed protocols, and maintaining a written lab notebook
  • Practice fundamental techniques such as pipetting and preparation of solutions
  • Extract, amplify, and sequence DNA
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Present results to colleagues

Semester 2: Proteins, Genetic Engineering, and Bioprocessing

  • Extract, purify, and detect proteins
  • Practice aseptic technique
  • Culture microbial and mammalian cells
  • Maintain electronic lab notebook
  • Analyze and present data