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About Us

Welcome to RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET), Western New York’s hub for customized bioscience training and professional development. Success in the biosciences industry hinges on the availability of a highly trained technical workforce, and CBET was created to do just that. CBET offers customized, cost-effective workforce training to the Rochester region and beyond. CBET is also committed to enhancing K-12 education opportunities for students and educators. So whether you are part of the K-12 community, or a member of a group looking to upgrade your professional skills, CBET can help you meet your goal.

As a complement to RIT’s traditional academic degree programs, CBET serves a broad and diverse population of bioscience workers and others whose professions intersect regularly with the bioscience and health-related fields.

  • CBET Services

    Created in 2005 with a major grant from New York State, CBET’s overarching mission is to support economic growth in Upstate New York by ensuring a well-educated, competitive, and technologically proficient biomedical and bioscience workforce. To accomplish this objective, CBET offers unique and customized education and training workshops, short courses, summer camps, and professional development programs for the K-12 community, regional bioscience companies, and professional organizations. The Center operates on a “fee-for-service” basis separate from RIT’s tuition structure.

  • Facilities

    The heart of the CBET building is the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Center for Bioscience Exploration and Discovery, a suite of laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art technology. This facility houses both CBET training workshop and summer activities as well as portions of RIT’s health sciences and technology academic programs.

  • Customers

    • Bioscience workers

      Companies can send their employees to CBET trainings in a wide range of industry-specific topics. In certain cases, CBET will offer workshops or training seminars customized to the exact needs of a single company.

    • Medical and health practitioners

      Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others can gain continuing medical education credits for customizable workshops in a variety of topics related to human medicine. CBET workshops are also able to serve the needs of physical therapists, occupational therapists and dieticians.

    • Fitness Specialist Instructors

      Designed for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and Health/Fitness and Exercise Science instructors, CBET’s fitness specialist workshop provides opportunity to achieve certification as a National Accredited Personal Trainer. Offered each June, this intensive 5 day training workshop is taught by experience instructors who share the newest developments in the fitness industry.

    • K-12 educators and students

      CBET can offer workshops for high school and middle school teachers to help upgrade skills or to devise new lab exercises for their science classes. Program possibilities for students include evening, weekend, or summer programs aimed at learning more about careers in human biology, forensic science, and medicine. CBET also offers 8 weeks of unique science programs to middle and high school students during the months of July and August. Using RIT’s natural environment and high-tech laboratories, campers explore the biosciences in an enriching and fun-filled way.

    • Working professionals

      Many professionals are finding that their work intersects regularly with the fields of bioscience and medicine, and that they need to know more science to do their jobs effectively. These include attorneys and judges who must understand and explain DNA evidence; insurance claims adjusters who daily make decisions about injuries and health-related issues; emergency responders, such as police and firefighters, who may encounter pathogens or other hazardous substances while responding to a call; and print and broadcast journalists who have a duty to inform the public about often complicated medical treatments, new therapies or scientific breakthroughs. CBET’s professional educators can provide programs for everyone whose job increasingly requires that they know more science.