Courses required for the Biotechnology Certificate Program at CCRI consist of both lecture and laboratory components. You will use the theoretical information learned in lectures and apply it in a very hands-on laboratory/small-scale manufacturing environment. You will work in teams as you would in industry to design, complete, and troubleshoot experiments while adhering to current good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines as closely as possible.
The laboratory setting at CCRI is designed to replicate much of the equipment and instrumentation seen in industry. This experience with state of the art equipment provides students invaluable skills that are directly transferrable to the biotech workplace. Skills learned include: micropipette usage and calibration, separating DNA and proteins by gel electrophoresis, genetic transformations, cell culture, chromatography, PCR, and aseptic technique.
Another important issue reviewed in laboratory experiences is regulatory compliance. Students will author and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), batch records, and laboratory notebooks. This attention to detail is a critical skill in the biotechnology field.
An often overlooked but crucial component to success in the workplace is the acquisition and use of personal habits of mind or “soft skills.” These interpersonal skills are central to individual and company success. These include teamwork, communication, organization, time management, and leadership. Working in laboratory teams encourages and fosters the development of such skills.