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International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

During the 2nd week of the Animal Cell Culture microcredential, you will continue sub-culturing cells to acquire the repetition and practice needed to master good aseptic technique. You will also learn how to prepare cells (aseptically) in 96-well plates and perform an ELISA and cell proliferation assay. Classroom time (~5 hours in-person or online) will be scheduled in between lab activities (~20 hours) to review procedures and further expand your knowledge base. Topics will include the types of cell-based assays and molecular analyses used to measure gene expression and recombinant protein or virus production. The course will end with a practical exam to assess your competency in animal cell culture with good aseptic technique.




Domestic fees


Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of XBIO 4020 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 68367


Mon Jun 03 - Fri Jun 07 (5 days)

  • 5 days
  • CRN 68367
  • Domestic fees $730.13
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 03 - Jun 07 Mon - Fri 09:00 - 15:00 Burnaby SW09 Rm. 206


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. If you are interested in completing this Microcredential (XBIO 4010 and XBIO 4020) please contact Sarah McLeod, the Biotechnology Department Program Head, by email at Please attach the following to your email: 1) a pdf or scanned image of your transcript that clearly shows your name, the post-secondary institution, program, level of study and successful completion of the required Cell Biology course (see Entrance Requirements) 2) Statement of Intent (500 words or less), describing any lab experience you have outside of school, including employment, co-ops, internships or volunteer lab work and a list of the lab techniques you are already familiar with. Also, state your career goals and explain why you are interested in taking this animal cell culture microcredential. You may be asked to provide hard copies of your official transcripts and/or an identity document.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Explain some typical cell-based and molecular analyses that are performed with animal cells.
  • Understand how animal cell culture is used in the production and biomanufacturing of recombinant proteins and viruses.​
  • Prepare animal cells for cell-based assays and molecular analyses.
  • Analyze cell proliferation using a metabolic assay.
  • Analyze protein secretion using an ELISA.
  • Throughout XBIO 4020, the trainee will also continue to practice and increase their competency in performing routine cell culture that they began to develop in XBIO 4010.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Animal Cell Culture 2 (XBIO 4020) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Animal Cell Culture
    Microcredential Part-time


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