Students who complete the Stem Cell Certificate are eligible to apply for the Stem Cell Internship program. Internships are paid, six-month positions in local companies or academic institutions.
The Stem Cell Technology certificate program is designed to prepare students for a research or clinical cell biology position working with mammalian cells and tissue culture. In the 21C course, specific techniques pertaining to the culture and maintenance of both embryonic and adult stem cells will be learned. Students should have a working knowledge of algebra from previous academic or work experience.
Dr. Carin Zimmerman
Tel: (415) 239-3857
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There are three entries to this program:
FIRST ENTRY: For students with a college background in biology, chemistry and math. This certificate is designed to be completed in two semesters.
SECOND ENTRY: For students without a science/math college background. Students must acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in biology and chemistry prior to enrollment in Biotechnology/Stem Cell coursework.
For students with a strong math and science high school background. (3+ semesters)
CHEM 40 Introduction to Chemical Principles (4 units) or CHEM 101A (better); Pre-requisite for CHEM 40 is MATH 840 or higher or BTEC 108B
BTEC 22 Immunoassay: ELISA (1 unit)
BTEC 24 Introduction to PCR (1 unit)
THIRD ENTRY: For students with a limited science and math background.
The Bridge to Biotech Laboratory Assistant Program should be completed before enrolling in the regular first semester (second entry) of science coursework. This program successfully prepares students for more rigorous college level coursework; it consists of three courses that form a learning community and must be taken together: BTEC 10, Research Skills for Career Opportunities, BTEC 108A, Practical Math; and BTEC 107 Language Skills for Tech. The Bridge Program is offered at the Mission and Southeast Campuses. For more information, see the Bridge to Biotech Laboratory Assistant Program home page.