Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Quality Control

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Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Quality Control

Program Duration

Domestic: 46 Weeks
International: 58 Weeks

2024 Start Dates

Classes are available to start every month


Ontario Post-Graduate Diploma (Dip. Pharm QA-QC)


Mon – Thu: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Fri: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Download the TIPT Quality Assurance & Quality Control digital brochure to learn more about the program, course syllabus, and career options.

pharmaceutical quality assurance

The Quality Assurance & Quality Control diploma is a program that teaches how to develop, monitor, and oversee measures that assures control, reproducibility and reliability of manufacturing and testing processes. Students also learn how to conduct sampling and testing required to evaluate compliance of the manufactured products to compendial standards of safety and effectiveness.

Students in this program undergo a unique educational training experience as they practice on the same equipment used in industry, within TIPT’s GMP and Health Canada-licensed facility. This program also includes group practical training under expert supervision, and the unique aspect of auditing real pharmaceutical products batch records. Additional features of the program include experience in both Cleaning Validation and Method Validation.

In just under one year, you can gain the specialized knowledge and practical skills for a lucrative and rewarding career in quality assurance and quality control. Graduates leave with the expertise and training to apply their knowledge across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, cosmetics, and other life-science industries.

Program Highlights
  • Industry relevant training
  • Training in Health Canada-licensed GMP facility
  • State of the art equipment
  • Small classes optimizing interaction
  • High employment placement
Foundation Module

The foundation module is designed to provide a background in pharmaceutical sciences and introduce new concepts in pharmaceutical quality control, statistics, regulatory affairs and GMP. A crucial component of the foundation module is the introduction of pharmaceutical ethics and law, which prepares students for dealing with drug regulatory issues and compliance.

Core Module

This module provides training in pharmaceutical quality assurance and quality control. Emphasis is placed on:

  • Drug stability
  • Manufacturing processes and controls
  • Documentation and GMP
  • Auditing
  • Sampling plans
  • Method validation

Practical training is provided in analytical techniques and technical writing, which includes the development of protocols and standard operating procedures.

Advanced Module

The advanced module is primarily project based. These projects include raw material testing, in-process and finished product testing, utilizing a wide range of laboratory instrumentation including spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography (GC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). These laboratory skills are applied to analytical method development, process validation and stability testing in compliance with current regulations governing the industry.

Examination & Continuous Assessment

Written, oral and practical examinations are mandatory at the end of the foundation and core modules. In the advanced module, assessment is based on dissertation and viva-voce. In addition, the overall grade is also based on continuous assessments encompassing GMP and GLP compliance, pharmaceutical documentation skills and interim quizzes.

The Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Quality Control Diploma is awarded upon successful completion of all three modules.

A unique and highly successful aspect of our program is the didactic component that all students receive industry standard ‘work experience’ in our own GMP facility. Throughout the program, various practical projects expose the student to pharmaceutical industry standard equipment and instrumentation and lets students apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world work setting.

International students also complete a 12 week co-op internship as part of their program completion and graduation requirements.

Admissions Requirements
Program Fees

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Financial aid may available for those who qualify. Learn about OSAP & financing.

Schedule Options

Students can complete this program with the following scheduling options:

  • Full-time: weekly daytime classes, completed in 46 weeks.
  • Flex: full-time classes on evenings & weekends, completed in 46 weeks.
  • Flex+: part-time classes over a longer duration.

From the Classroom to your Career

The career paths of our graduates lead them to high-paying jobs in various industries including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, advanced-drug delivery, medical devices, food, cosmetics, natural product, nutraceutical and other life science industries.

Graduates of this program secure employment in positions such as a:

  • Quality Assurance Associate
  • Qualified Person In-Charge (QPIC)
  • Quality Line Leader
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • QC Chemist
  • QC Document Reviewer