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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Chemical Laboratory Specialist, Certificate

Program Code: 6628

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and/or careers in the chemical engineering/manufacturing industry. Students gain technical skill proficiency through competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills required by local industry partners.

The goal of the Chemistry Technology Program is to train professional technicians proficient in communication, leadership, human relations, and employability skills. Additionally, students learn safe and efficient work practices through a combination of theory and laboratory activities. The practical activities provide the necessary cognitive and manipulative skills needed to perform preventive and corrective maintenance, engineering support, while maintaining product quality. These goals are accomplished in compliance with the curriculum frameworks as governed by the State of Florida Department of Education.

Chemical Technicians conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists (chemists, biochemists, chemical engineers, etc.) in performing qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes. Additionally, technicians are responsible for maintaining quality control, environmental standards, conducting experimental, theoretical, or practical applications of chemistry and related sciences.

Admission to the program requires a 2.0 overall GPA on college transcripts, and successful completion of basic mathematics and chemistry enabling them to continue with college level science courses. Students may apply to the program for admission during the semester they take the introductory level biotech course. Successful completion of the above course work will be assessed from the student transcripts. Students may meet the general studies requirements at SF or another college before applying to the Chemistry Technology Program.

Upon completion of the program, students earn a College Credit Certificate which includes courses that are transferable to institutions offering the same course. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment as laboratory technicians competent in preparing solutions and reagents, operating scientific instrumentation, preparing samples for analysis, and collecting and assessing data. Additionally, graduates may seek employment as quality control technicians due to the strong emphasis on good laboratory/manufacturing practice (GLP & GMP) that is embedded throughout the program. These competencies are fundamental to the development of products for various industries and basic research. Admission requirements for upper division schools should be considered when choosing courses if further education is desired.

Chemistry Technology Program Performance Standards:

Applicants to the Chemistry Technology Program should:

  • Possess sufficient eyesight to observe, manipulate, and evaluate instrumentation and procedures
  • Possess sufficient hearing to communicate, manipulate, and evaluate instrumentation and procedures
  • Possess sufficient physical ability to move 25 pounds and stand for at least 2 hours
  • Possess sufficient English verbal and written skills to communicate effectively with potential employers
  • Possess sufficient fine motor coordination to safely perform laboratory techniques
  • Possess sufficient intellectual and emotional abilities to exercise independent judgment and discretion

Allergy Advisory
The use of chemicals and latex/latex-based products may exist in program environments such as, but not limited to, classrooms and training labs, hospitals, research laboratories, and some area industries. Individuals with chemical or latex allergies should seek expert advice from their health care provider so that they may receive information to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to chemicals/latex in the field.

Application for Admission to Santa Fe College
Students interested in the Chemistry Technology Program should complete the Application for Admission to SF. Students are required to arrange for official transcripts from high school and from any post-secondary institution attended to be sent to the Office of Admissions. Unofficial transcripts may be used for initial advisement purposes only and will not be used for program admission consideration.

Application for Chemistry Technology Program
Students should email the academic advisor, Sari Sanborn, for an application.

Admission to the program requires:

  • Admission to SF
  • 2.0 overall GPA on college transcripts
  • Completion of MAC 1105  
  • College Chemistry readiness

** Students may apply to the program for admission during the semester they take the introductory level Biotechnology course.
*** Students wishing to further their education should work with an advisor when choosing Math and Science courses.

Contact Information:

Sari Sanborn; Program Advisor
Perry Center for Emerging Technologies
14180 NW 119th Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615
Phone: 352-381-3767

Mary El-Semarani, M.S., Program Coordinator
Perry Center for Emerging Technologies
14180 NW 119th Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615
Phone: 352-381-3755

Applicants who receive CCC as a Chemistry Laboratory Specialist will successfully complete a total of 37 credits with coursework in the following classes:

Natural Science

Choose seven of any combination from the following:

Total Natural Science Credit Hours: 28

Professional Core

Choose three from the following:

Total Professional Core Hours: 9

Total Credit Hours: 37