Nanoscience Technology

Nanoscience Technology

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Nanoscience Technology - A.A.S. Degree 72 cr. Rosemount
Program Datasheet: Download Nanoscience Technology Datasheet  

Major Description

This program prepares students for careers in biotech, materials and electronics industries. The curriculum is a combination of classroom, online and laboratory experiences, with hands on use of nanoscale equipment in all four semesters. Students have several opportunities for individual research and exploration of nanoscale concepts. Offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the program provides skills and knowledge required for employment in a large number of companies. The DCTC program also provides a starting point to four year degrees at multiple institutions in many degree programs. Processes of scientific inquiry, experiment and research design, critical thinking, and communication are aspects that are woven into each course.


This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.

Nanoscience Technology Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
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Deborah Newberry
Kyle Forgette
Kyle Forgette
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Program Costs*

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A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr.
Textbooks $600
Personal Property Fee $60
Grand Total $14,247.12

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Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Nanoscience Technology

Work Environment

Nanoscience technologists work in multiple business environments including research, production, testing, training and marketing. Often this role is a bridge between scientists, engineers and other technicians. Program graduates may work independently in some aspects but most often are part of a team. Your job will include some desk work but most of your time will be spent in a laboratory environment preparing test samples, microscope operation and testing, documentation and analysis and communication of your results. These technologists do not usually do the same thing for many months at a time. Finally, although nanoelectronics related jobs may occur in a clean room, most of these jobs are in traditional company research environments and labs. The options and work environments are varied and expanding with the United States nanotech market.

Job Outlook

Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians work under the direction of engineers. They operate commercial-scale equipment that is used to produce nano (small scale) materials. They may assist nanoscientists with a variety of tasks, including processing or classifying nano-materials, writing or documentation, or inspecting work products.

Gainful Employment Reports

Gainful Employment Reports are not available for this program.

Career Information

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Transfer Options

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Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Nanoscience Technology

The Nanoscience Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about big things students and instructors are doing in the world of the tiny.

Nanoscience Technology News

August 13, 2014
Truss Day
May 03, 2014
February 19, 2013

Nanoscience Technology Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Nanoscience Technology

As a student in DCTC's Nanoscience Technology program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the nanotech industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Professional Organizations


The National Science Foundation awarded Dakota County Technical College a $3 million grant to develop the Midwest Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education, or Nano-Link.

Situated on DCTC's Rosemount campus, Nano-Link will work to create a skilled workforce of nanotechnologists to enhance economic growth in nanoscale science and technology. The center builds on the success of DCTC's pioneering Nanoscience Technology program, which was established in partnership with the University of Minnesota to prepare graduates for employment in the abundant array of industries where nanoscience applications are rapidly emerging.

Student Clubs and Organizations

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Civil Engineering Technology students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the civil engineering technology field. The following three clubs are open to all CET students:

Innovative Engineers
The Innovative Engineers (IE) chapter at DCTC came about as a partnership with the University of Minnesota. Students in IE can apply their technical education to develop innovative solutions to global issues in third-world communities. IE built and tested a 1kW wind turbine on campus that can be used in communities both here and abroad to teach students how to design and build renewable energy technologies using local resources.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.