Biomedical Technician Training Program: A Partnership of the Wistar Institute and Community College of Philadelphia

The Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program at The Wistar Institute offers Community College of Philadelphia students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience in the field of basic and applied biomedical research The program offers students a structured path toward research technician careers through courses at Community College of Philadelphia and supervised, hands-on- laboratory experience at the Wistar Institute or an affiliated training site.

Program Benefits

  • Gain technical skills and academic training needed to succeed in entry level research positions.
  • Acquire basic research concepts and techniques for laboratory work.
  • Experience a range of biomedical research training and receive strong mentoring in top laboratories.

The laboratory component takes place the summer after the first and second year of classes at the College.

Graduates of this program have been placed for training and jobs at a variety of prestigious institutions, including:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Drexel University
  • University of the Sciences
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University City Science Center
  • Integral Molecular, Inc.
  • Invisible Sentinel, Inc.
  • Affiliated biomedical or pharmaceutical companies


Those who have completed the Biomedical Technician Training program may continue their training by enrolling in the Biomedical Research Technician (BRT) Apprenticeship. The BRT Apprenticeship offers apprentices a clear career pathway to becoming advanced biomedical research technicians through intensive paid training.

Steps to Apply

Interested students must take the Steps to Enrollment to becoming a student at Community College of Philadelphia. Step 1: Apply to the College. When applying, students should state their interest in the Biomedical Technician Training Program. 

Applicants must complete the following courses to enter this program: English Composition (ENG 101), Applied Computer Technology (CIS 103), College Chemistry (CHEM 121), and Principles of Biology/Cell & Molecular (BIOL 123).

Once enrolled in the College, students will be contacted by a faculty member to enroll in the program. CCP students interested in the Biomedical Technician Training Program may also contact:

Dominic M. Salerno, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology
Academic Coordinator, Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program
Community College of Philadelphia
215-972-6359
dsalerno@ccp.edu

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Biomedical Technician Training Program - Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

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"I used to be a waitress and didn't like going to work every morning, but now I love what I do and this is the path to my success. I am grateful to the other interns and the lab mentors."
Amanda Moran

"This program taught me so much about lab technology and research. After completing pharmacy school, I want to do something in drug research at a pharmaceutical company."
Bunthon You

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