Laboratory Science Assistant
Program Code: 31-506-1
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Technical Diploma, 38 credits
Financial Aid Eligible
The Laboratory Science Assistant Technical Diploma 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, Math for Lab Science, Instrumentation, and Paper and Packaging Testing Procedures Laboratory Science Assistants work as assistants to Laboratory Science Technicians and Laboratory Managers as an entry-level position in food, water, environmental, wastewater treatment or other industrial laboratories. Credits earned from completion of this technical diploma may be applied toward the Laboratory Science Technician Associate in Applied Science degree.
Program/Plan Admission Requirements
Proof of High School Graduation or Equivalent
Note: An Accuplacer Arithmetic Score of 65 or higher, and 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 Diploma courses.
Graduates of the Laboratory Science Technician Program at FVTC will be able to:
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- 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.
High school science and math courses would be helpful as preparation, including biology, chemistry and algebra.
For more information, e-mail Julie Maurina-Brunker or call her at (920) 996-2895.