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Science Laboratory Technology

Science Laboratory Technology

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

Consider this program if you enjoy the study of science, like to perform experiments, and are able to see yourself at work in a research laboratory or industrial setting.   This program provides you with the applied skills required to succeed in a wide variety of professional scientific work environments such as a laboratory technologist in an industrial, government or commercial laboratory.

This Science Laboratory Technology Diploma program has a co-op work experience requirement.  This education component integrates related on-the-job training with classroom theory by alternating periods of paid employment and academic study.

If you want to transfer to a university after on (and you have the grades to do so), credit transfer opportunities may be available at:

  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Minnesota-Crookston
  • University of Winnipeg

Graduates find employment as technologists in many fields, including chemical analysis, research, quality assurance, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Course Delivery

This program is being offered at the Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg.

As this Science Laboratory Technology Diploma program has a co-op component,  students will be responsible for their own transportation in order to complete co-op, externship, internship or practical lab requirements. Red River College cannot guarantee locations that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

The paid co-op work placements will provide you with first-hand knowledge of a working laboratory in industry and a chance to use your acquired skills.

This co-op program is divided into six terms, two of which are co-operative education work placements. The work placements are in Term 3 and Term 6, both of which run during May, June, July, and August. The program does not have summer breaks.


The field of research and development requires that you have both the ability to work alone and as part of a team, so you should feel comfortable working with others and also be able to work well without supervision.

Graduates of this Science Laboratory Technology program are employed as technologists in many industries, from food processing and mining, to aerospace, pharmaceutical companies, and food and health related industries.

They are employed by all levels of government for environmental testing, geological surveys, and in research. Some graduates work as lab assistants in schools, colleges, and universities. Other graduates who have acquired substantial experience now work as supervisors, plant managers, and heads of research teams.

Graduates may find employment as technologists in the following areas: analytical analysis, research chemistry, quality assurance, and biotechnology such as molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology.

Learning Outcomes

The course work emphasizes the application of standard and specialized laboratory techniques across scientific disciplines, ensuring you receive practical, job-ready experience; you will learn specialized skills in immunology, molecular biology, tissue culture and instrumentation.

Course Outline

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
Year 1, Term 1
CBST-1003 Biology 6
CBST-1008 Co-op Preparation 1
CBST-1012 Basic Lab Skills 1
CBST-1020 Chemistry 1 8
CBST-1039 Physics 3
CBST-1059 Workplace Safety 2
CBST-1073 Science Communications 1 2
CBST-1110 Mathematics 3
Year 1, Term 2
CBST-1002 Chemistry 2 4
CBST-1014 Microbiology 1 3
CBST-1015 Career Planning 1
CBST-1023 Science Communications 2 2
CBST-1031 Introductory Biochemistry 3
CBST-1035 Organic Chemistry 5
CBST-1090 Introductory Statistics 3
CHEM-1041 Spectroscopy 3
Year 1, Term 3
CBST-1022 Co-op 9
Year 2, Term 4
BIOL-1003 Basic & Applied Microbiology 5
CBST-1025 Data Analysis 3
CBST-1026 Gas Chromatography 3
CBST-3001 Advanced Biochemistry 6
CBST-3003 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM-1028 High Performance Liquid Chromatography 3
Year 2, Term 5
CBST-1021 Molecular Biology 3
CBST-1040 Quality Systems 2
CBST-1043 Tissue Culture 2
CBST-2000 Research Project 3
CBST-2001 Environmental Issues 2
CBST-2003 Life Science Topics 2
CBST-2004 Immunology 3
CHEM-2007 Applied Instrumentation 3
CHEM-2033 Nutraceuticals 3
Year 2, Term 6
CBST-2019 Co-op 9

 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which document and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses or programs. So if you think your grades are good enough, apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some of the courses of this program to decrease the number of subjects you have to take.  Talk to your assigned IVC Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for advice.

Course Info

College : Health Sciences

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Diploma

Fees :
Tuition Fee 12,500 / year
Co-op Fee 818 / 4 months
Student Association 105 / year
Health Insurance Coverage 456 / year
Tech Fees 166 / year
Materials and Lab Fees 1030 / year
Student Services 176
Rec. Fee 20
Application Fee (Non-refundable) 100
Tuition Fee Deposit (Non-refundable) 400
Confirmation of Enrolment Fee 10.50

 Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars.  However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up).  The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

The intake for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing certificate program is September.

Make sure you check with us first though since the Start Date and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  You must comply with the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Canadian Grade 12 equivalent and passing grades:
    • At least one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Math 40S or Applied Math 40S
    • Two of the following three credits:
      • Grade 12 Biology
      • Grade 12 Chemistry
      • Grade 12 Physics
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score. Listening, Speaking and Reading components must be at least 6.5 while the Writing component must be at least 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section

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