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In this program, you will learn and acquire specialized knowledge and practical skills required to function as a Pharmaceutical Production Technician or Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technician in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, food, cosmetics, natural product, nutraceutical and other life-science industries. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technicians responsible for implementing the strict and stringent processes and procedures involved in the fabrication of dosage forms of medicines such as tablets, capsules, injectables, creams, ointments , coated tablets and pellets etc. They implement these procedures with knowledge of pharmaceutical equipment, documentation procedures and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Manufacturing Technicians are also involved in the trouble-shooting and maintenance of production equipment to assure minimum sanitary conditions are met at all times. The success of the Company is invariably dependent on the GMP compliance of the products they manufacture and the skill of the manufacturing team. Graduates of this program enjoy a high percentage employment rate and work for both multinational and generic company employers such as GSK, Apotex, Biovail, Teva, Patheon, Novopharm, AstraZeneca, Pharmascience, Amgen, and Taro pharmaceuticals. They also find employment in biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and advanced-drug delivery companies.
Graduates of this program are qualified for a career as:
- Pharmaceutical Production Technician
- In-process Testing Technician
- Process Validation Technician
- Tableting Technician
- Compounding Technician
- GMP Compliance Officer
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology diploma is a unique program that provides education, intensive hands-on training, extensive GMP compliance skills and troubleshooting techniques. The program entails an intensive series of learning modules developed to enable a practical understanding of the various pharmaceutical manufacturing procedures . While the primary emphasis is on solid dosage forms, a substantial amount of time is also spent on liquids, creams and packaging. You will acquire knowledge of North American drug manufacturing standards and GMP procedures and practices for medicines.
Practical Experience (Integrated Co-op)
A unique and highly successful aspect of our program is our hands-on approach that provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge in a “real-world” work setting under GMP. You will receive practical experience in a one-of-kind GMP approved pilot plant where you will process and understand the processing of various pharmaceutical dosage forms. Throughout the program, various practical projects expose the student to pharmaceutical industry formulations and documentation systems and lets students apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world work setting.
- A minimum Grade 12 with Math and Science
- Internationally-educated individuals must have their qualifications evaluated by one of the following – International Credential Assessment Service, University of Toronto Comparative Education Service or World Education Service.
- Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
The Foundation module is designed to provide a theoretical introduction to essential pharmaceutical sciences, manufacturing techniques, basic regulatory affairs and current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Trainees also acquire an understanding of the scientific principles of drug manufacturing, as well as the law and ethics that govern the industry.
Upon completion of this module, trainees are exposed to full GMP compliance in a state-of-the-art pilot plant where they acquire hands-on expertise in granulation and compounding. In addition, this hands-on component fosters teamwork, problem-solving and troubleshooting skills to operate and maintain equipment under minimal supervision.
In this module, trainees gain an in-depth understanding of compression science, as well as the critical aspects involved in tablet making. While integrating GMP compliance, particular emphasis is given to the technical skills required for equipment operation, maintenance and troubleshooting.
Coating technology trainees acquire an understanding of the scientific principles of coating processes, micro-encapsulation and the ability to identify and correct coating defects. Upon completion, valuable hands-on experience is gained with different coating systems in our pilot manufacturing plant.
Capsulation Technology module provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of the various equipments, filling mechanisms, and properties of materials suitable for encapsulation.
Examination & Continuous Assessment
Written, oral and practical examinations are mandatory at the end of each module. In addition, the overall grade is also based on continuous assessments encompassing GMP compliance, pharmaceutical documentation skills and interim quizzes.
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Diploma is awarded upon successful completion of all five modules.
Certificate options are available within the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing program. Students may obtain a certificate in:
- Granulation Technology
- Compression Technology
- Capsulation Technology
- Coating Technology
- Semi-Solid Technology*NEW*
The Foundation and Granulation modules are compulsory for each certificate option. The Foundation, Granulation and Compression modules are compulsory for the Coating Technology certificate.