The Certificate of Chemical Laboratory Assistant certificate is designed to meet the needs of industry in the community.



2020 - 2021

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1061
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the basic concepts of Chemistry, with an emphasis on atomic theory, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, and chemical bonding as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. The lab portion with experiments includes observation, data collection, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Placement in this class will be determined by student college assessment score and/or successful completion of Math 1150 with a grade of C or better.
    Principles of Chemistry IView-CHEM 1061n/a4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1062
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:A continuation of CHEM 1061, this course emphasizes chemical equilibrium, solution chemistry, acid-base chemistry, precipitation reactions, complex ion formation, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemical reactions. The laboratory portion includes experimental applications of the lecture topics: determination of cation and anion (qualitative) content of unknown mixture, kinetics, acid-base equilibria, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to nuclear chemistry. CHEM 1061 is required for this course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)
    Principles of Chemistry IIView-CHEM 1062n/a4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:2061
    Course Title:Organic Chemistry I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is a study of the covalent molecules associated with carbon, emphasizing the mechanism of the reactions and the stereochemistry of aliphatic, alicyclic, and olefinic molecules. Functional groups that will be studied include the saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers and halides. The laboratory portion of the course includes a thorough study of the basic techniques for the isolation and purification of molecules isolated from natural products and from reaction mixtures. (4 hours lecture, 4 hours lab) Prerequisite: Chem 1062
    Organic Chemistry IView-CHEM 2061n/a5
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:2062
    Course Title:Organic Chemistry II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is a study of the mechanism of reactions of, and the structure of, all of the carbonyl compounds and their derivatives, and of the carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, heterocyclics, other natural products sequence reactions, unknown identification and original literature preparations. Spectroscopic analysis will be utilized throughout these experiments. (4 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)Prerequisite: Chem 2061
    Organic Chemistry IIView-CHEM 2062n/a5
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:2073
    Course Title:Introduction to Instrumental Methods and Analysis      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is intended to primarily provide students with an added advantage for employment while pursing an education toward a career. The students would be taught the proper methods for solution and sample preparation, along with becoming familiar with state of the art instrumentation. They also would be exposed to safety and manufacturing practices that are important in chemical industry. This course aims at making a student versatile with laboratory techniques and would provide a student with an edge over other candidates in the job market for lab assistants' positions. (2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab) Prerequisite: Chem 1061, 1062, and 2061
    Introduction to Instrumental Methods and AnalysisView-CHEM 2073n/a4
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Business Computer Systems I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course develops computer and digital literacy and emphasizes its importance in today's businesses and society. Through hands-on experience students will gain an understanding of computer concepts, capabilities and applications and be able to implement this knowledge in their professional and personal lives. Computer applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, windows/operating system, e-mail use and management, folder and file organization and use of the Internet. Computer concepts covered include understanding computers and mobile devices, how a computer works, managing files, computer and mobile device hardware components, digital safety and security, application programs, input and output devices, digital storage options, ethical practices and Internet basics. Hands-on experience will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.
    Business Computer Systems IView-CIS 1101n/a3
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    8 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required25

  • Program Outcomes

    Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:

    • Apply mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts to routine laboratory procedures.
    • Apply knowledge of laboratory instrumentation, proper preparation of samples, and the limitations of instrumental analysis.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory instrumentation, proper preparation of samples, and the limitations of instrumental analysis.

    Intellectual and Practical Skills:

    • Apply critical thinking skills to chemical laboratory technology.
    • Use interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to the chemical laboratory technology environment.
    • Use quantitative and qualitative analyses accurately in laboratory procedures.

    Personal and Social Responsibility:

    • Demonstrate independent work in the laboratory.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of current Good Lab Practices

    Integrative Learning:

    • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies(demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems).
    • Troubleshoot results of experiments.
    • Interpret the results of experiments.

  • Career Opportunities

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  • Transfer Information

    If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504