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Biotechnology »

About This Program

How to Get Started

To get started in the Biotechnology program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Biotechnology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.

Admission Requirements

Biotechnology program admission requirements include:

  • Graduation from high school or successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • Completion of all requirements for admission to El Centro as a full-time student to the college
  • Attendance at a program information session
  • Satisfactory scores on pre-entrance assessment testing
  • Meeting TSI requirements as needed.
  • Rank ordering by grade point average earned on the two prerequisite courses
  • Submission of a complete application packet (available at the information session) to the Health Occupations Admissions Office during a designated filing period.

Note that the application process for this specific program is separate from applying for general admission to the college.

If you are not currently enrolled at El Centro College, you will need to go through the El Centro College admissions process to apply for admission to the program. If you are currently enrolled at another college of DCCCD, you will only need to apply for admission to the Biotechnology program.

For more information:

  • call the El Centro Health Occupations Admissions Office at 972-860-5001
  • visit the office, located in the new Center for Nursing and Health Occupations in the remodeled Paramount Building at 301 N. Market St. at Pacific, a block southwest of El Centro’s Downtown Campus


Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that’s $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following associate degree and certificate:

Accreditation and Affiliations

Each of the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Related Programs

We offer several related programs that might interest you, including Medical Lab Technology — in which you can earn a dual associate degree with Biotechnology — and a number of other allied health fields.

Find out more about other Nursing and Health Care programs.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of our degree plans by location or visit our credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

Our Biotechnology faculty members not only have relevant degrees but also have real-world experience in their field, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you will face at work. Our instructors work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career. See profiles of our Biotechnology faculty.

Transferring Information

The Biotechnology program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Related Information

See links to information about biotechnology-related organizations, industry news and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Biotechnology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.