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Biotechnology Research & Development Pathway

Why Biotechnology Research & Development?

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the US, and the need for professionals in healthcare has never been greater. The Biotechnology Research & Development Career Pathway is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of careers in this vital field. Allied Health careers make up the largest healthcare occupations and students interested in Allied Health and related healthcare career fields, including medical doctors, will have excellent job opportunities. Those considering a healthcare career should have a strong desire to help others, a genuine concern for the welfare of patients and clients and an ability to deal with people of diverse backgrounds in stressful situations.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

•    Scientist
•    Forensic DNA Analyst
•    Bioinformatics Specialist
•    Pharmaceutical Scientist
•    Medical Scientist
•    Biological Technician
•    Medical and Clinical Lab Technologist and Technician
•    Biochemist and Biophysicist
•    Biomedical Engineer
•    Microbiologist
•    Epidemiologist
•    R&D and Process Development Scientist
•    Regulatory QA/QC Bio-manufacturing Specialist
•    Bio-production Operator
•    Biological Scientist
•    Clinical Data Manager
•    Clinical Research Coordinator
•    Lab Technician
•    Bio-statistician


Biotechnology Research & Development Course Schedule

Introduction to Healthcare Science – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Healthcare Science is a foundations course for the Biotechnology Research & Development Career Pathway. It is appropriate for students wishing to pursue a career in the Healthcare Industry. The course will enable students to receive initial exposure to Healthcare Science skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry. The concepts of health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as, ethical and legal responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including medical terminology, microbiology, and basic life support.

Essentials of Biotechnology –  2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science
This course introduces students to the broad understanding of the fundamentals of biotechnology and the impact on society. The knowledge and skills in this course provide a basic overview of current trends and careers in biotechnology, with an emphasis on basic laboratory skills, along with the business, regulatory and ethical aspects of biotechnology.

Applications of Biotechnology – 2 semesters.
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science and Essentials of Biothechnology
This course further introduces students to the fundamentals of biotechnology and includes additional applications and techiques in biotechnology that expand and increase the student's complrehension of how biotechnology utilizes living systems to create products and enhance lives. In addition, laboratory applications learned in this course form the pivotal component distinguishing science theory from application in bioscience, like that of engineering and mathematics. Bioscience and the application of laboratory technique to the manipulation of living systems is a cornerstone of pharmaceutical, medical device, forensic science, environmental science, agriculture, alternative fuel and green chemistry.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Biotechnology

•    Athens Technical College
•    Auburn University
•    Central Georgia Technical College
•    DeVry University
•    Emory University
•    Georgia Gwinnett College
•    Georgia Institute of Technology
•    Gwinnett Technical College
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Mercer University
•    University of Alabama Huntsville
•    University of Central Florida
•    Wesleyan College



HOSAHealth Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization endorsed by the US Department of Education and the Healthcare Science Technology Education division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs.