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Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

This program trains you in pharmaceutical analysis, product formulation and manufacturing, microbiology and toxicology. You'll get the hands-on experience necessary to perform drug assay and manufacture tablets, ointments and creams in accordance with the pharmaceutical industry standards.

Student academic progress in this program will be monitored over the first two semesters. Since the number of seats at the third semester level is limited, students who fail to maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.5 during their first year and subsequent semesters will be transferred to an alternate program within the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.

Areas of Study

Your courses will focus on pharmaceutical analysis, product formulation and manufacturing, chemical instrumentation, biochemistry, microbiology and toxicology, as well as a common first year of basic biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Common First Year

In the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, the Technician (two-year) and Technologist (three-year) programs have a common first year, that is, semester one and semester two.

This allows students to seamlessly shift from one program to another, more suited to their needs or comfort with minimal extension of time to their studies.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

Start your career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Your advanced diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology – Pharmaceutical prepares you for success in research and development, quality control/quality assurance, manufacturing or technical sales areas of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, as well as in teaching or research laboratories of college, university, hospital and government institutes.


  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (PSG)

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment.  The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2/1 Vacation/Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Work Term Semester 4
Year 3 & 4 Completion of Semester 5 (Winter) and Semester 6 (Fall), as well as completion of Work Terms 2 and 3 (various pathways dependent on work term length).

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Margot Wassenaar-Faber 416.491.5050 ext. 33248

Program Chair

Paola Battiston 416.491.5050 ext. 33760

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network