The Pharmaceutical Quality Control ROA provides students with the knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (Health Canada), FDA and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines, applicable standard operating procedures, working knowledge of analytical instrumental techniques (HPLC, GC and Dissolution), computerized work stations software and troubleshooting techniques.  

Students perform chemical and physical analysis on a wide range of pharmaceutical products in accordance with established procedures and analytical monographs such as US pharmacopoeia and British Pharmacopoeia.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Pharmaceutical Quality Control (ROA) Program may find employment in the pharmaceutical industry in quality control laboratories.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, please visit the Government of Canada website.

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 PHC program. You do not have to show your documents or write an admission test.

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Complete any four (4) courses from the list

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry is an area of chemistry focused on synthesis, development, and study of molecules used in medicine and their interactions with biological agents. Topics include organic, inorganic and biochemistry which are an integral part of this course. (Lectures and Labs)

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Lab Assay Methods I

This laboratory-oriented course addresses techniques and methods used in pharmaceutical analysis. Pre-lab and post-lab lectures delve into the theory of separative and analytical techniques and include clarification of relevant pharmaceutical terminology. PFT301 also provides an introduction to thin layer chromatography. (Lectures and Labs)

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Basic HP Liquid Chromatography

This course is an introduction to the theory and practical application of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Students operate an automated HPLC system and learn HPLC theory through lectures and laboratory exercises. Topics cover both qualitative and quantitative aspects of HPLC. (Lectures and Labs)

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Basic Gas Chromatography

This course introduces students to the theory, instrumentation and laboratory procedures necessary to operate a modern, computerized Gas Chromatography instrument. (Lecture and Lab)

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Microbiology I

This course is designed to teach students the basic methods used in microbiology to identify and enumerate bacteria. Students are introduced to the microbial world through practical experimentation, and acquire the essential tools to function in a laboratory setting. (Lecture and Lab)

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Microbiology II



This laboratory and lecture course highlights microbiological tests involved in pharmaceutical plant sanitation, product contamination, antibiotics, disinfectants and microbial growth and inactivation calculations. (Lecture and Lab)

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of regulations applicable to the Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Apply analytical instrumental techniques, calibration of common laboratory equipment, and laboratory testing of raw materials and finished products.
  • Learn a variety of microbiological techniques including the cultivation, manipulation, isolation and identification of microorganisms.
  • Conduct experiments according to established Standard Operating Practices (SOP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and applicable federal regulations and industry standards.


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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