Mesa Community College was the first community college in the state of Arizona to offer an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and Certificate of Completion in Biotechnology. The program has been conducting classes since the Fall semester of 2001 and is staffed by faculty members with Ph.D. degrees in the fields of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology. Originally conceived as a vocational program designed to meet the demand of the state’s growing Bioindustry, the program has since broadened to also serve transfer students in pursuit of bachelor’s and advanced degrees in cell and molecular biology and related fields.
Students enrolled in the MCC Biotechnology Program receive a strong background in the fundamentals of biology and chemistry in addition to intense hands-on training in an atmosphere akin to authentic research laboratories. This training includes but is not limited to documentation skills, experimental design, nucleic acid manipulations, eukaryotic cell culture, real-time PCR, fluorescent microscopy and the use of DNA microarrays.
Students receive real industry experience through a capstone internship course. Industry partners include Tgen, Orthologic, Flow Chips, Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Gensensor, Alcor Life Extension, and research labs at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center.
Graduates of the MCC Biotechnology program have found employment at various institutions including Tgen, Genosensor Corporation and Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Several graduates of the MCC Biotechnology Program are currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees at various institutions around the country.
When one compares the cost, amount of hands-on lab time, low student to teacher ratio, the transfer and industry opportunities, it is easy to see why Mesa Community College is the premiere institution in Arizona for beginning a career in biotechnology.
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