Bioprocessing Technology

Manufacturing of biological products for use in industry and research is a cutting-edge industry in Frederick County and nation-wide. Rapid expansion and growth of the local biotechnology industry is fueling the demand for qualified process operators, providing employment opportunities in a dynamic field, with employer-supported career development and continued education possibilities.

Program of Study
Program Benefits
Acquired Job Skills
Financial Aid/Scholarship Opportunities
Transfer Note
Gainful Employment Program Reporting

Please refer to the catalog for curriculum requirements.

Program of Study

The Bioprocessing Technology program prepares individuals for employment in the local biotech industry. The program emphasizes science, communication and critical-thinking skills, manufacturing technologies and laboratory environmental health and safety. Students work in small collaborative groups to apply current manufacturing techniques, while using problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

  • Letter of Recognition (8 credits)
  • Certificate (35 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree (60/64 credits)

Program Benefits

  • Study in a small class of 15-20 students for more hands-on learning opportunities
  • Interact with industry professionals who bring work-place experience to the classroom
  • Be part of the growing trend by learning necessary skills for successful employment in government facilities and the local biotech industry
  • Take relevant courses in a career program that can be applied to continuing education, career enhancement or a career shift
  • Courses in the program of study lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Certificate, based on the requirements fulfilled and the needs of the individual student

Acquired Job Skills

  • Perform upstream bioprocessing techniques to culture cells and microorganisms to create a bulk bio-product for research and industry
  • Perform downstream bioprocessing techniques to separate and refine bulk bio-products into a suitable form for end use in industry
  • Manufacture assays for diagnostic testing for research
  • Implement cell culture, fermentation, separation, purification and sterilization techniques in a laboratory setting
  • Understand and apply basic laboratory skills, documentation practices and aseptic techniques to monitor production, maintain workplace safety and prevent contamination of bio-products

Financial Aid/Scholarship Opportunities

FCC participates in federal, state and local financial aid programs. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and for scholarships offered by the community. Information regarding scholarship and financial aid is available on the FCC Web site,, under Registration and Records Center.


Transfer Note

FCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A.S. in Bioprocessing Technology and who are looking for transfer opportunities. for more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471.

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For more information contact:

Keri-Beth Pettengill
Program Manager/Associate Professor
Phone: 301.846.2564

Bob Ford
Professor, Chair
Phone: 301.846.2628