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BTEC and careers in biomanufacturing

Is BTEC part of NC State University?
Yes. An instructional center, BTEC is part of the university's College of Engineering. BTEC's academic programs include two master's degrees, undergraduate and graduate minors, and various certificates.
(The BioNetwork Capstone Center, part of the North Carolina Community College System, is also housed in the BTEC building. While BioNetwork partners with BTEC to provide biomanufacturing education and training opportunities, the two centers operate independently.)
What kinds of jobs and careers are available in biomanufacturing?
For qualified individuals, biomanufacturing offers rewarding jobs and various career paths. See BTEC’s Biomanufacturing Careers web page.
What is the average salary for an individual with a post-baccalaureate certificate?
Salaries depend on the candidate, the position and the company. For an individual with a post-baccalaureate certificate from BTEC, a good estimate is a starting salary of $35,000 to $50,000.
Where do BTEC graduates find jobs?
Graduates who stay in the area often find employment at one of the many local biomanufacturing or biotech companies. Other opportunities are available elsewhere in the state, across the country and internationally. To identify firms located in RTP or other areas of the state, search the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's NC Biotech Company Directory.

Academic programs

OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

I'm interested in taking an undergraduate course at BTEC, but I'm not currently an NC State student and I don't plan to pursue a degree or certificate. How do I enroll?
Register for the Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program.
What are the major differences between the undergraduate certificate and the undergraduate minor that BTEC offers?
The BTEC undergraduate certificate requires 12 credit hours while the undergraduate minor requires 15 hours. Depending on a student’s major, the undergraduate certificate may require up to an additional 12 hours, and the undergraduate minor may require up to an additional 15 hours.
For more information, see BTEC’s web page on Undergraduate Programs.
How do I officially declare that I'm pursuing the BTEC Biomanufacturing minor?
You can declare the minor any time up to your last semester prior to graduating. You need to fill out two forms, one for Registration & Records and the other for College of Engineering.  These forms are available at BTEC.

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE

Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and experience in the biomanufacturing or biotech industry may be interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate, which requires 13 credit hours. Learn more about this program.

What is the application process to get in to the post-baccalaureate certificate program?
Apply for admission to the Non-Degree Studies program. Review the information under “How do I apply?”
How competitive is it for NDS (Non-Degree Studies) students to get into the post-baccalaureate certificate program?
Entry to the post-baccalaureate (PBS) program is non-competitive. However, Non-Degree Studies students register last during each enrollment period and may have difficulty scheduling courses in the PBS program.
If I pursue the post-baccalaureate certificate, do I have to take Organic Chemistry I first since Organic Chemistry 2 is a prerequisite to BEC 330?
Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 are prerequisites. These prerequisites may be waived for some individuals in certain situations.
Do I need to take the lab portion of Organic Chemistry I and II prerequisites?
Yes.

MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

What graduate degree programs does BTEC offer?
BTEC offers a Master of Biomanufacturing (MR, non–thesis) and a Master of Science in Biomanufacturing (MS, thesis based). BTEC also offers an Upstream Biomanufacturing Graduate Certificate and a Downstream Biomanufacturing Graduate Certificate.
What is the deadline for submission of my application for the BTEC master’s program?
Priority applications for fall semester are due by March 1 of each year. However, applications will continue to be accepted through June 30 for fall matriculation. Spring applications have an Oct. 1 priority deadline but applications may be submitted through the end of November.
Is there a GRE requirement for the BTEC Master’s program?
Yes, students are required to take the GRE, and a score at or near the 80th percentile is preferred.
Can I do the BTEC master’s program while pursuing another master’s or Ph.D. program on campus?
Yes, and up to 12 hours of a related program’s hours may be counted toward the BTEC program or vice-versa.
What are the prerequisites for the master’s program?
Biomanufacturing is a cross-disciplinary field. BTEC graduate students come from a variety of backgrounds including chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, genetics and pharmaceutical sciences, among others.
Are MBA courses taken through the BTEC master’s program transferable to the NC State Poole College of Management MBA program?
Yes, students have the opportunity to complete an MBA in Biosciences Management through the Poole College of Management in an additional year, and credits will transfer.
Is the Masters in Biomanufacturing open to international students?
Yes, the BIOM program is open to international students.

OTHER QUESTIONS RELATED TO GRADUATE EDUCATION

I'm interested in taking a graduate course at BTEC, but I'm not currently an NC State student and I don't plan to pursue a degree or certificate. How do I enroll?
Register for the Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program.
Do I have to apply to the NC State Graduate School for either the Upstream Biomanufacturing Graduate Certificate or the Downstream Biomanufacturing Graduate Certificate?
Yes, both graduate certificates require application to the NC State Graduate School.
Can credits from the graduate certificates transfer to the BTEC master’s program if I decide to apply and enroll in the master’s program?
Yes, all 12 credits of either graduate certificate will transfer into the master’s program.
Can credits from an undergraduate program count towards a graduate certificate?
No, all 12 credit hours must come at the graduate level.

TUITION AND REGISTRATION

What are the tuition rates for the undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs at BTEC?
All BTEC academic programs follow NC State University's tuition schedule. Please see the NCSU University Cashier's Office for the university's current tuition rates and fees.
How do I add a course after the initial registration period has closed?
You will need to fill out two university schedule revision forms, which are available from BTEC. These forms require the signatures of the faculty member teaching the course and the dean from your specific college or department. Turn completed forms in to the university's Registration & Records office. For more information, undergraduates may contact Winnell Newman (win@ncsu.edu); graduate students may contact  Chris Smith (cpsmith4@ncsu.edu).

Professional development programs

Does BTEC offer an online training program and certification on critical utilities?

Because BTEC’s unique training facilities and equipment are a focal point of our courses, online courses are not currently planned on these topics.
How do I get a discount in BTEC courses for professionals?
A 20% discount is available to employees of companies belonging to the Biotech Manufacturers Forum and to five or more individuals from the same organization registering for a course. In addition, a special discount is extended to members of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB), and a 50% discount is available for faculty or staff working in an academic environment. See the registration page for any BTEC short course for details.
What is the last enrollment date for a given short course?
Typically, registration for BTEC short courses remains open until one week prior to a course’s scheduled start date.
Course enrollment is checked two weeks prior to the start date. If enrollment is insufficient, the course may be cancelled. To reduce the likelihood of cancellation, please register as soon as possible for any course you wish to attend.
If the maximum enrollment is reached for any course, an “enrollment closed” notice is posted on the BTEC website.
We are in need of training specific to our company; can you deliver such courses?
Yes, we can tailor any of the open-enrollment courses listed on our website to meet the needs of a requesting company or organization. Contact John Balchunas at john_balchunas@ncsu.edu to discuss your company’s training needs.
Which of your short courses provides a general overview of bioprocessing?
The cGMP Biomanufacturing Operations course.
I have some experience but need to learn more about the fundamentals of cell culture. What course do you suggest?
The Cell Culture Bioreactors for MAb Production course is recommended.
My interest is the recovery and purification of proteins; which course is best?
The Downstream Biopharmaceutical Processes: Fundamentals and Design course addresses those and related topics.
I would like a better understanding of the analysis and optimization of bioprocesses. Any suggestions?
The Introduction to the Design of Experiments (DOE) for Bioprocess Analysis and Optimization is a three-day course that teaches the application of fundamental principles through the use of JMP software, case studies and hands-on lab exercises.
Chromatography column packing is a key training need; do you have a course that could help us?
Yes, Chromatography Column Packing, which is taught by GE Healthcare experts, was designed with that as a key focus.
We need to eliminate waste and reduce variation. Does BTEC have a continuous improvement course?
The Level 1 Technical Training: Introduction to Lean Six Sigma for Biomanufacturing introduces basic Lean Six Sigma principles with a focus on application within the pharma/biopharma industry.