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Two NECC Health students, in a hospital setting, one sitting while using the computer Job opportunities in STEM fields are rapidly growing at all levels. The Lab Science certificate program is designed to prepare you for these well-paying jobs in one year by teaching you the hands-on skills needed to succeed on the job. In this program, you will gain experience in many areas, including basic lab skills, quality control, biotechnology, cell biology, and the use of high tech instrumentation like Gas Chromatography and HPLC.

After completing the Lab Science certificate, you will be prepared to either start working in the industry or continue on to obtain an AAS degree and bachelor’s degree. Start working in fields like

Animal care 
Scientific technician

Environmental labs

Quality Control

Why Choose NECC?

This program is focused on providing the hands-on skills necessary to be competitive in the job market, successful on the job, and prepared to excel at a 4-year university if you choose that path.

Because of NECC

“I learned so much from the lab science program and got tons of hands-on experience that I feel gave me an advantage at UML. I truly feel that I wouldn’t be as successful as I am without the Lab Science Program. You really have a great program, and I am so grateful I got to be a part of it. It is clear how much you care about your students and their success.” – Jenna Joseph, Lab Science graduate

Program Costs

For the 2024-2025 academic year, non-health for-credit courses have a cost of $263/credit for in-state students.

Career Paths & Job Market

Career Paths
With the Lab Science Program, you have three options. In one year, you can complete the Certificate program and obtain employment in entry-level lab technician jobs. A second year in the program will allow you to graduate with an associates’ degree. With this degree you may work and/or transfer and obtain a Bachelors’ degree.

The job market is strong for our graduates. 90% of our graduates are either employed in the field and/or continuing at a 4-year university.

Transferring to a 4 Year College
The Lab Science Program has transfer agreements with Rivier College and UMass-Lowell. With Rivier, after graduation from the lab Science program with the AAS degree, you are guaranteed admission into their Biotechnology program as a junior. With UMass-Lowell, after graduating with the AAS degree and taking a few extra courses, you are able to transfer into their Applied Biomedical Sciences program as a junior.

Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Lab Technician Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes
Comprehend, translate, and use the language of biotechnology, chemistry, forensic science, and the environmental sciences.

Perform standard laboratory practices and workplace functions.

Demonstrate ability to carry out standard laboratory techniques and operate common laboratory equipment used in biotechnology, chemistry, forensic science, and environmental sciences.

Conduct mathematical and computational operations involved in the laboratory, including the use of applicable software.

Display appropriate professional and interpersonal skills for the workplace.

Courses and Requirements



Department Contacts
Kevin Mitchell
Kim Waligora
Marguerite White-Jeanneau
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