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.
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
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.
When you graduate from this program, these are the types of career options that you can explore:
- Pharmaceutical technologist
- Quality control technologist
- Production technologist
- Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
- Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)
- Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (PSG)