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Campus
Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
School
Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry

About the Program

In this hands-on three-year advanced diploma program, you will focus on pharmaceutical analysis, product formulation and manufacturing, chemical instrumentation, biochemistry, microbiology and toxicology. You will receive the experience needed to perform experiments, manufacture tablets, ointments and creams with the precision required to meet pharmaceutical standards.

Your academic progress will be monitored during the first two semesters. Since the number of seats in the third semester is limited if you 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.

Common First Semester

Students enrolled in the following programs may transfer to Chemistry Laboratory Technician before second year: Biotechnology —Advanced, Chemical Laboratory Technician, Chemical Engineering Technology, and Chemical Laboratory Technology — Pharmaceutical.

Work Experience

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 Starting September
  September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Break
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 2 Work Terms (various pathways dependent on work term length).
Work-Integrated Learning Model Starting January
  September January May
Year 1   Semester 1 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 2 Work Terms (various pathways dependent on work term length).

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Pharmaceutical technologist
  • Quality control technologist
  • Production technologist

Related Careers

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Perform drug assays
  • Manufacture tablets, ointments and creams
  • Product formulation
  • Statistical calculations and analysis
  • Prepare organic and inorganic compounds using standard procedures
  • Perform instrumental chemical analysis
  • Maintain and test laboratory equipment to meet manufacture’s requirements

 

Affiliations/Associations

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