By combining distance education technologies with instruction in its state-of-the-art laboratories, BTEC extends educational opportunities to both students and working professionals located across the region, state and country.
As part of its academic program, BTEC offers two fully online courses, BEC 475, Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products and BEC 577-601, Advanced Biomanufacturing and Biocatalysis. NC State’s online learning management system provides 24/7 access to lectures, readings, interactive multimedia and other materials and activities from any location with an Internet connection. In the future, BTEC plans to offer a number of its graduate courses online to enable full-time employees and others to further their education.
In addition, BTEC provides a series of four blended-learning courses to FDA personnel, under contract to the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs. In these courses, trainees complete online activities during a four-week period and then participate in three days of laboratory and classroom activities on site at BTEC. BTEC also developed an online course entitled "Biomanufacturing for Chemical Engineers" for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Another course is in final stages of development. Similar blended or fully online courses can be developed for interested industry partners.