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Science Laboratory Technology

Develop versatile lab skills in the fields of biology and chemistry to work in a wide range of scientific and technical facilities.

Develop the lab skills required to work as a technician in the scientific arena, whether you’re expanding horizons through research and development or ensuring safety through quality assurance.

This program gives you the skills to succeed in various professional laboratory environments. You will develop skills in chemistry, microbiology, quality and compliance, instrumentation and communications before choosing a specialization that best fits your career interests. 

Science Laboratory Technology emphasizes industry-driven coursework and laboratory techniques that are standard across scientific disciplines, giving you versatile, career-focused experience. In addition, work-integrated learning opportunities connect you with industry partners through co-op work experiences and industrial, project-based learning. 

Graduates work as technicians in various fields, including chemical analysis, research, quality assurance, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
    In-person hybrid
  • In-person Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    2 years
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $15,500 – $17,100
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Indigenous Pathway
    Program pathway available to Indigenous learners
  • International Program
    Open to students from around the globe

Choose Your Specialty

Graduate From One of Our Streams

In your second year of the Science Laboratory Technology program, you can explore one of three specialized streams, each with a specific set of learning and career opportunities.

Cell and Microbiology

Gain the skills to pursue research and development opportunities in biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology.

Chemistry and Quality Analyst

Gain the skills needed to work as an analyst in the pharmaceutical, natural health product, environmental and food industries.

Quality Assurance

Gain the skills needed to pursue quality assurance career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, food, natural health product and cannabis industries.

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll gain the theoretical knowledge and applied skills required to work in a variety of laboratory settings, including industrial, government and research facilities. Your coursework emphasizes real-world, practical training in various chemistry and microbiology-related techniques.


Learn fundamental lab and instrumentation skills and explore the concepts of measurement, calculation, quality and compliance through applied, experiential learning.


Develop technical skills in applied microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry and instrumental analysis while strengthening your time management and communication skills. Choose your program stream at the end of Term 2.


Explore industry-level tasks through a set of exclusive, stream-based courses.

Term 4

Build on your industry-level experience while learning to apply knowledge and skills related to your stream.


Practice applying your knowledge in a co-op position or industry project and gain the advanced skills needed to enter the workforce.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Quality control analyst
  • Quality control technician
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Quality control analyst, microbiology
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Food safety coordinator
  • Quality specialist
  • Research associate
  • Research assistant
  • Quality systems associate
  • Quality assurance associate
  • Food safety specialist
  • Quality assurance inspector
  • Food safety auditor
  • Quality assurance supervisor

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Laboratory sessions offer valuable experience, team building and the opportunity to connect with your classmates.
Work closely with program instructors for an enhanced learning experience.
Explore new subjects and collaborate with classmates and instructors in frequent lab sessions.
Take advantage of applied learning opportunities and develop a versatile set of employer-sought lab skills.
Experience hours of practical training designed to make you career ready.
Gain work-relevant experience using sophisticated, state-of-the-art instrumentation equipment.

Graduate Success

The Science Laboratory Technology program is highly respected across Manitoba. Employers frequently contact RRC Polytech when hiring new employees, and many graduates have become managers and supervisors within the province.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.


Experiential training and industry connections allow you to quickly start your career after graduation.


Industry-relevant skills, applied learning and state-of-the-art facilities mean students receive an exceptional experience.


RRC Polytech instructors have extensive experience working in their field, adding valuable insight and industry connections to your learning experience.

“When doing fieldwork, I was always told I kept the best notes, and I think that was from [my training at] Red River College Polytechnic.”

Jake Freeman – Indigenous Support and Awareness Officer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“RRC Polytech’s Science Laboratory Technology program provided two years of education and work experiences that shaped my career path.”

Jennifer Smithson – Environmental Specialist
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

Science Laboratory Technology students require an aptitude for math and the ability to problem-solve independently and as part of a team. Your attention to detail and passion for science, combined with technical and analytical skills, will enhance your learning experience and career success.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Critical thinker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Logical thinker
  • Observer
  • Technical thinker


  • Instruction following
  • Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Organization
  • Problem solving


  • Science
  • Chemistry
  • Technology
  • Laboratory work
  • Research

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Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

Begin Your Journey

Get Started with RRC Polytech

Start Your Application

Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

Funding Your Education

Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and scholarships to help tackle your financial needs.

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