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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Biotechnology-Teacher Test (5189)



NOCTI-Approved Area Test Centers throughout the United States.

September 2015 - December 2018. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Demonstrate professional work habits; Demonstrate the ability to organize, implement, and troubleshoot specific tasks; Demonstrate the ability to work in teams and as an individual; Define biotechnology and its role;Demonstrate knowledge of the history of biotechnology; Describe the life cycle of biotechnology product development; Identify the application of the biotechnology industry; Describe careers in biotechnology; Demonstrate competency in validating and using laboratory equipment; Demonstrate competency in using computer office applications; Perform basic laboratory math skills; Apply statistical analysis to interpret data; Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method; Properly prepare buffers and solutions; Demonstrate the concepts of recombinant technology; Demonstrate the principles of DNA isolation; Perform Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR); Perform electrophoresis; Perform separation techniques; Explain and perform aseptic technique; Demonstrate the concepts of microbial culture; Demonstrate the concept of mammalian cell culture; Demonstrate the concept of laboratory automation; Perform basic spectrophotometer assays; Demonstrate the knowledge of bioethics; Demonstrate the knowledge of professional ethics; Demonstrate general requirements for laboratory safety; Identify and use personal protective equipment; Demonstrate ability to implement safety protocols; Follow SDS guidelines for handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous material; Demonstrate knowledge of safety regulatory agencies, such as OSHA; Perform documentation according to regulatory agency standards; Demonstrate an ability to maintain records in accordance with Intellectual Property Law; Document lab activities and findings according to guidelines; Use laboratory glassware; Use volumetric equipment; Use electrophoresis equipment; Use a spectrophotometer; Use balances; Demonstrate knowledge of autoclaves; Use centrifuges; Use pH meters; Demonstrate knowledge of thermocyclers; Use microscopes; Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory hoods for worker protection; Demonstrate knowledge of temperature regulating devices (water baths, incubators); Demonstrate knowledge of chromatographic equipment.  Performance Component:Colony Isolation and Streaking Bacteria (27%), Using Volumetric Equipment: Using Micropipettes (17%), Using Volumetric Equipment: Serological Pipettes (11%), Making a Molar Solution (18%), Making a Dilution and Using a Spectrophotometer (17%), and Generating and Utilizing a Standard Curve (10%).


NOCTI teacher exams assess an individual’s technical knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format.  These assessments are used in a large number of states as part of the teacher licensing/certification process as they assess competency in all aspects of a particular industry.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biotechnology(9/15).