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Laboratory Science Technician
Program Code: 10-506-4


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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 64 Credits
Appleton Campus

Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

The Laboratory Science Technician Program prepares graduates to work in food, water, environmental, wastewater treatment and other industrial laboratories. Technicians are prepared to assist in basic research and product development, perform experiments, operate and maintain equipment, make observations and document results. Career opportunities include:

  • Food Laboratory Technician
  • Water and Wastewater Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Laboratory Technician
  • Research & Development Technician
  • Industrial Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Quality Assurance Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
  • Paper Testing Technician

Program Description

The Laboratory Science Technician program provides academic preparation and on-going laboratory science training for individuals interested in or currently employed in a scientific laboratory setting. It offers instruction for non-clinical laboratory workers with hands-on training performing a variety of laboratory procedures and using an array of equipment with an emphasis on laboratory safety and quality assurance. Scientific coursework includes Biology, Chemistry, Beginning and Advanced Lab Science, Food Lab Science, Environmental Lab Science, DNA Science, Applied Microbiology, Instrumentation and Paper and Packaging Testing Procedures. In addition to technical skills, graduates take courses in database management, computer applications, technical writing, laboratory math, project management and general education to prepare them for the workplace.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note: An Accuplacer Arithmetic Score of 65 or higher, an Accuplacer Reading Score of 80 or higher and an Accuplacer Sentence Score of 85 or higher or completion of equivalent Program Prep courses is required prior to enrollment in Technical Studies program courses.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Laboratory Science Technician program at FVTC will be able to:

  • Perform basic laboratory functions by following standard procedures with proper documentation and validation of results.
  • Comply with all regulatory and industry standard procedures and requirements to ensure integrity of laboratory data.
  • Prepare and analyze samples using good laboratory practices that ensure accuracy and precision.
  • Plan and conduct laboratory work to create a safe environment according to documented safety guidelines and procedures.
  • Perform all basic laboratory calculations accurately and interpret results using standard laboratory statistical methods.
  • Utilize basic science knowledge to read and interpret standard operating procedures and perform laboratory tests according to workplace requirements.
  • Demonstrate responsible and ethical behavior in all work.
  • Communicate results accurately and in a timely fashion.

Helpful High School Courses

High school science and math courses would be helpful as preparation, including biology, chemistry and algebra.


Contact Us

For more information, e-mail Julie Maurina-Brunker or call her at (920) 996-2895.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.


Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program