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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 (4075)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2014 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: demonstrate professional work habits; organize, implement, and troubleshoot specific tasks; 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; show competency in validating and using laboratory equipment and computer office applications; perform basic laboratory math skills; apply statistical analysis to interpret data; use the scientific method; properly prepare buffers and solutions; define concepts of recombinant technology; demonstrate the principles of DNA isolation; perform Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), electrophoresis. separation techniques; explain and perform aseptic technique; demonstrate the concepts of microbial culture and mammalian cell culture; explain the concept of laboratory automation; perform basic spectrophotometer assays; demonstrate the knowledge of bioethics and professional ethics; follow 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; prepare documentation according to regulatory agency standards;  maintain records in accordance with Intellectual Property Law; document lab activities and findings according to guidelines; use laboratory glassware, volumetric equipment, and electrophoresis equipment; use a spectrophotometer and balances; demonstrate knowledge of autoclaves; use centrifuges, microscopes, and pH meters; demonstrate knowledge of thermocyclers; explain the importance of  laboratory hoods for worker protection; discuss temperature-regulating devices (water baths, incubators) and 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 and NBS exams assess individuals'  end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format.  In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biotechnology (9/14) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.