Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology


Biotechnology is one of the region’s most promising, exciting and fastest-growing industries, and evolves through rapidly changing technologies, techniques and applications.

Professionals in this field:

  • Work in discovery teams to find novel ways to diagnose and treat cancer
  • Help to pioneer gene and stem-cell therapies to treat disease
  • Create new approaches to combat world hunger through genetically modified plants

Why Thomas Jefferson University?

Our degree programs are built on a solid foundation in biology and chemistry, and include studies in biotechnology, immunology, biochemistry, cell biology, genomics, proteomics and additional coursework in regulatory affairs. Students in our Biotechnology programs gain classroom, laboratory and practical experience in five key areas:

  • Recombinant DNA and related molecular biology techniques
  • Flow cytometry, digital imaging and bioinformatics
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Protein purification and characterization
  • Cell and tissue culture, including recombinant protein production

Whether your interest lies in research and development, manufacturing, the environment, molecular diagnostics, forensic science, agri-biotech, the pharmaceutical industry or furthering your education in graduate or professional school, a degree in Biotechnology can help get you on your way.

We provide students with resources such as:

  • Research faculty whose specific expertise is in biotech and medicine
  • Practical internship experiences integrated in the curricula of all programs
  • World-class biomedical research facilities
  • Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
  • Patient care divisions
  • A variety of research centers throughout the University and beyond


The job placement rates are very high for Biotechnology graduates, due to significant expansion of the biotechnology field in medical and commercial settings. Nearly 100% of our graduates are currently employed and/or attending graduate or professional school.

A degree in Biotechnology prepares students for jobs in:

  • Academic, pharmaceutical, forensics or government laboratories
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Quality control
  • Bioprocessing
  • Sales or marketing

Graduates of our programs have also used their degrees as stepping stones toward careers in education, law or medicine.

Learn more about careers and certificates.