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Laboratory Sciences - Major in Cannabis Laboratory

Laboratory Sciences - Major in Cannabis Laboratory

The curriculum for the Laboratory Sciences degree is designed with a common core of coursework providing interdisciplinary educational elements alongside of hands-on experiential training critical for student success. During the second year, students will concentrate their studies on the cannabis or medical laboratory curriculum tracks.


Cannabis Laboratory Sciences

The Cannabis Laboratory Sciences program at Hocking College is the first Associate Degree in Laboratory Sciences with a major in Cannabis Laboratory in the United States.

Students will be learning cannabis specific tests and techniques while spending a significant amount of hands-on training with the same analytical instruments found in other commercial labs. The lab will allow for on-site processing operations, as well as analytical testing.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

Not included in All Inclusive pricing


Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

Want to Join One of the Fastest Growing Industry in the United States?

In Ohio alone, the medical cannabis industry is anticipated to be worth an estimated $80 billion by 2022... and technicians are needed. The Cannabis industry has seen 690% growth in job listings since January 1, 2017 and expects 220% growth in 2019.

Please Note: In the state of Ohio, employees must be 21 to obtain a job or internship in the cannabis industry. We do not set an age restriction on our program at Hocking College.

Get Your Career Started at Hocking College

Hocking College has been awarded a provisional license to be one of two educational institutions that will serve as a Medical Cannabis testing lab for the State of Ohio, meaning you will learn in a state-of-the-art facility.

Additionally, this program is the only one in the nation that provides hands-on technical training for those seeking to work in medical cannabis quality assurance labs.

After successful completion of this first year of general education classes, students will then be exposed to more technical aspects of operating an analytic lab.

Public Disclosure of Licensure

Hocking College offers courses, associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Successful completion of the programs listed on this page may potentially lead to professional licensure, registration or certification. Licensure, registration or certification may be global, national, or state-specific. This meets the requirements for the State of Ohio. Requirements for other states may vary. If you currently live in a state other than Ohio or intend to move to a state other than Ohio and use the education completed at Hocking College to sit for such an exam, be aware there may be additional requirements. Please contact the appropriate administering body and/or the college contact for the program to discuss your intentions.

Cannabis Laboratory Science Licensure Disclosure

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present and come to an informed sense of self and others.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.

Program Outcomes

New academic programs and curriculums being re-designed based on industry needs will have outcome data available after one complete graduation cycle.

  • Analyze plant samples independently, safely and accurately for microbial contamination using the 3M petrifilm system
  • Analyze plant samples in a team setting safely and accurately using HPLC or GC
  • Compile and interpret the validity and quality of analytical data.
  • Perform laboratory analysis in compliance with regulatory and ISO-17025 standards
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the medical cannabis industry, including regulations and compliance, supply chain, and analytical practices essential to the testing of cannabis products


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