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The Advanced Biotechnology Certificate Program began in 2010 in response to our region's growing biotechnology industry and is funded through an NSF ATE grant.  

There are two routes through the program.  The first, the Advanced Biotechnology Certificate (ABC) is for applicants who hold a science degree, and the second, Biotechnology Laboratory Technician (BLT) is an A.A.S.  These programs provide a complete biotechnology curriculum in an online lecture format with corresponding lab courses delivered face-to-face.

What is Biotechnology?

Biotechnology is not one kind of technology, but many.  The three kinds of biotechnology tools are working with cells, working with proteins, and working with genes.  Biotechnology is a toolbox filled with many different kinds of living cells and their component molecules, and different ways to use them.  Because there are millions of different species of plants, animals and microorganisms in the world, each having cells and molecules with unique characteristics, there are a lot of potential tools in this toolbox.  This is why biotechnology is so powerful and can be applied in many different ways.

What is the purpose of this program?

  • To provide a skill set to students who have a high interest in science
  • To provide research labs and industry with skilled technicians
  • To provide applicable knowledge of the biotechnological skills needed today
  • To fill the gaps between basic science education and working labs with skilled laboratory scientists

Career Opportunities

  • Medical research
  • Agricultural research
  • Food industry
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Quality control labs
  • Biofuels



The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456


The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)
1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1321

Faculty & Staff

Barb Wenger

Director of Bioscience


MS Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education

BS Biology/Medical Technology


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