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About the Biotechnology Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend.

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 972-860-5000
  • visit the office, located in the Center for Nursing and Health at 301 N. Market St. at Pacific, a block southwest of the El Centro Downtown Campus


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See 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)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for:

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations

Related Programs

Find out more about other Nursing and Health Care programs.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Faculty Profiles

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

Transfer 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.