SPC's Laboratory Specialist Advanced Technical Certificate focuses on the principles of biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics necessary for success in a scientific work environment. 

This program prepares you to work as a laboratory technician in a range of work environments, from government laboratories to manufacturing laboratory environments. Demand for professional, scientific, and technical services employees is expected to grow 15 percent in the Tampa Bay area through 2026.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Biological Technicians

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

2,340

2029

2,670

Percent Change

14

Projected Job Openings

300

Food Scientists and Technologists

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

240

2029

260

Percent Change

8

Projected Job Openings

30

Soil and Plant Scientists

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

330

2029

360

Percent Change

9

Projected Job Openings

40

Chemical Technicians

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

2,160

2029

2,390

Percent Change

11

Projected Job Openings

250

Microbiologists

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

230

2029

260

Percent Change

13

Projected Job Openings

30

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

19,560

2029

22,990

Percent Change

18

Projected Job Openings

1680

OTHER CAREER INFO

Our Laboratory Specialist Certificate prepares you for these other careers:

Biological Scientists, All Other

Chemists

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

The Laboratory Specialist Certificate at St. Petersburg College teaches you to:

  • Apply mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts to routine laboratory procedures.
  • Apply knowledge of laboratory instrumentation, proper preparation of samples, and the limitations of instrumental analysis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory instrumentation, proper preparation of samples, and the limitations of instrumental analysis.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to laboratory technology.
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to the laboratory technology environment.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative analyses accurately in laboratory procedures.
  • Demonstrate independent work in the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current Good Lab Practices
  • Troubleshoot results of experiments
  • Interpret the results of experiments.

Laboratory Specialist Advanced Technical Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

LAB-ATC

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Natavia Middleton
Dean
727-398-8288
middleton.natavia@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

A Laboratory Specialist Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) provides students with exposure to the principles of biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics necessary for success in a scientific work environment.

Laboratory technicians work under the direction of a laboratory supervisor and have diverse work environments that range from government laboratories to manufacturing laboratory environments. Many of the courses contained within this certificate are also prerequisites for Allied Health and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree programs.

Credits within this certificate may apply towards the State Mandated Prerequisites for the Biology degree (B.S.). Some credits from this certificate can also be applied toward the Biotechnology A.S. degree at SPC. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. and B.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree

NOTE: Many courses for this certificate have prerequisite requirements and/or co-requisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0312030166:

Federal CIP Code

41.0101: Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Biological Technician
  • Food Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Life and Physical Technician

Admission Rules

To be admitted to this certificate program, the student must have graduated with an Associate in Arts degree or an Associate in Science in Biotechnology, Health Sciences, Environmental Science, or a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Graduation Rules

A GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER IS REQUIRED IN ALL COURSES.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Professional Coursework Biological Sciences (Complete 8 credits)

BSC 2010CH Honors Biology I Cellular Processes with Laboratory 4
BSC 2010 Biology I Cellular Processes 3
BSC 2010L Biology I Cellular Processes Laboratory 1
BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1
BSC 2011 Biology II Organisms & Ecology 3
BSC 2011L Biology II Laboratory 1
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Professional Coursework Chemical Laboratory (Complete 16 credits)

CHM 2045 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I 1
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 2046L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Professional Elective Coursework (Complete 20 credits)

BCH 4024 Biochemistry 4
BSC 2419C Cell Culture 4
BSC 2420 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BSC 2426C Biotechnology Methods I 3
BSC 2427C Biotechnology Methods II 3
BSC 2435 Bioinformatics 3
BSC 2461 Introduction to Biotechnology Model Systems 3
BSC 3932 Scientific Communication 2
CHM 1025 Introductory Chemistry 3
CHM 1025L Introductory Chemistry Lab 1
MAC 1114 Trigonometry 3
MAC 1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5
MCB 2010 Microbiology 3
MCB 2010CH Honors Microbiology with Laboratory 4
MCB 2010L Microbiology Laboratory 1
MCB 3020 Microbiology 3
MCB 3020L Microbiology Lab 1
PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1
PCB 3063 Genetics 3
PCB 3063L Genetics Lab 1
PCB 4454C Biostatistics with Lab 4
PHY 1048L Physics Laboratory I 1
PHY 1049L Physics Laboratory II 1
PHY 1053 General Physics I 3
PHY 1054 General Physics II 3
PHY 2048 Physics I 3
PHY 2049 Physics II 3
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics 3
STA 2023H Honors Elementary Statistics 3
Total Credits 44

Earning credits in the Laboratory Specialist Certificate can:

  • Meet some State Mandated Prerequisites for completing SPC's Biology B.S. degree.
  • Provides a technical workforce credential for students pursuing the Biology B.S. degree program or a career in biological or physical science.
  • Be applied toward the Biotechnology A.S. degree at SPC.
  • Meet some prerequisites for Allied Health and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree programs.