The Pharmaceutical Foundations offers students currently working or intending to work in the pharmaceutical industry an understanding of the fundamentals of pharmaceutical technology relevant to product formulation, development and productions. The four courses are an overview to the pharmaceutical industry with a general focus on manufacturing, basic quality assurance principles, drug legislation and Formulations of solid dosage forms.

Entry Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or University/College Preparation: Grade 12 English, Chemistry, Mathematics and Grade 11 Biology are required. Mature students with work experience are considered on that basis, but may be advised to take College preparatory Chemistry, English, Biology, and Math.

Students who hold a diploma or degree from another country and have the above credits may directly enrol into the IPT program. You do not have to show your documents or write an admission test.

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Methods I

This course is an introduction to the methods related to the production of pharmaceuticals. Several dosage forms such as solids, liquids, semi-solids, and parenterals are discussed. In each, the merits of the type, composition, handling, processing, testing and equipment used are discussed to provide a foundation from which more specific training can be undertaken. Regulatory requirements which serve as controls, as well as the rationale which support their application are discussed and applied to areas of plant operations. (Lecture only)

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Introduction - Clinical Pharmacology

This course introduces the fundamental pharmacological aspects of drugs and their interaction with various types of cells. Topics include routes of drug administration, factors affecting drug absorption and mechanism of action. Specific drugs for the central and autonomous nervous systems as well as the cardiocascular system are studied. Drugs for the endocrine system, therapeutic monitoring system and antiallergic, antihistaminic, antiseptic and disinfectants are also covered. (Lecture only)

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Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Basics

This course focuses on the concept of quality assurance and the contributions of quality assurance in a pharmaceutical organization. It takes a snapshot examination of common quality applications, tools, processes, and systems relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. Topics covered include: foundations of quality, basic statistical concepts and applications, document systems, SOPs, quality audit, validation, ISO standards, GMPs (FDA and HPFBI), product recall and complaints handling.

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Industrial Drug Legislation


It is strongly recommended that students have basic computer skills as this course requires computer access.

This course examines the organizational role, responsibilities and requirements of the Health Canada related to the production, labelling, selling, and advertising of drugs, radiopharmaceuticals, biologics, natural health products and medical devices in Canada. A review of USA and EU laws and regulations is also covered. (Lecture only)

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Formulation of Solid Dosage Forms


PFT501 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Methods I

This course covers the physical and chemical factors considered important in the formulation of effective and safe solid dosage forms. (Lecture only)

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion, student are able to:

  1. Comply with relevant Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and drug legislation
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a quality assurance (QA) system and apply quality assurance measures to pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  3. Apply knowledge of dosage form to manufacturing and quality control of pharmaceutical products
  4. Perform as a member of a quality assurance team


Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant
416-491-5050 ext.22512

Melanie Rubens
Program Coordinator
416-491-5050 ext.22589

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