Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical
|Duration:||6 Semesters (3 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Advanced Diploma|
This program trains you in pharmaceutical analysis, product formulation and manufacturing, microbiology and toxicology. You’ll get the hands–on experience necessary to perform assays and determinations with the required speed, precision, and accuracy expected in the pharmaceutical industry.
Choose between the co–operative education option (CLPC) and the non–co–operative education mode (CLP).
In each option, the sequence, time of deliv– ery and scope of the academic semesters is the same (excluding professional theory and practice subjects required by the co–operative education students).
All students in this program follow the integrated model shown under "Co–operative Education Option". Students in the non–co–op mode (CLP) will be "on vacation" when co–op students are on work–term.
Student academic progress in this program will be monitored over the first two semesters. Since the number of seats at the third semester level is limited, students who fail to maintain a semester grade point average 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.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Apply mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts to tasks, such as the analysis and synthesis of chemical compounds and samples and to develop approaches and techniques for the solution of problems.
- Conduct and interpret accurately manual quantitative and qualitative analyses using prescribed laboratory procedures.
- Prepare organic and inorganic compounds using standard synthetic and purification procedures.
- Perform statistical calculations to report and evaluate the results of analyses.
- Perform instrumental chemical analysis and interpret, evaluate, and report the quantitative/qualitative results.
- Apply computer skills relevant to the chemical laboratory technology field.
- Maintain and troubleshoot laboratory equipment according to the manufacturers' guidelines.
- Perform relevant Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures to ensure that processes remain within designated limits.
- Use interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate project management in the chemical laboratory technology environment.
- Ensure that all assigned work is performed in compliance with relevant occupational health, safety, and environmental law, legislation, and regulations; established policies and procedures; and in accordance with ethical principles.
- Apply problem-solving skills to chemical laboratory technology problems.
- Develop a plan for continued professional growth.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Grade 11 Biology (C) or (U)
- Grade 12 Chemistry (C)
- Grade 12 Mathematics*: MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics, MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions) or MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
- Applicant grades in pre–requisite subjects (or their equivalents) may be used as a basis for the selection of candidates.
* Seneca may also consider applicants with good grades in MAP4(C) (80% or over recommended) or MCR3(U) (70% or over). Students with grades lower than these recommended benchmarks and who test below the appropriate level in the skills assessment can expect to be placed into a preparatory mathematics course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.
Note: All applicants who are offered admission to programs in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology will have an English and Mathematics skills assessment. The assessments are used for academic placement in English and Mathematics courses that are appropriate to the student’s skill level. In the event a preparatory course is required before enrolling in the standard first semester English or Mathematics, students will automatically be timetabled into the appropriate preparatory course.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Start your career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Your advanced diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology – Pharmaceutical prepares you for success in research and development, quality control/ quality assurance, manufacturing, or technical sales areas of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, as well as in teaching or research laboratories of college, university, hospital and government institutes.
All students are required to follow guidelines, policies and procedures set down by the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.
Common First Year
In the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, the Technician (2–year) and Technologist (3–year) programs have a common first year, that is, semester one and semester two.
Graduate with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or greater in this program and you may be eligible to enter the B.Sc. programs at the University of Guelph through the Seneca–Guelph transfer agreement. Graduates with a B+ average or better may be eligible to enter the BSC programs in Chemistry at York University through the Seneca–York agreement. For details, contact the Program Co–ordinator.
Areas of Study
Your courses will focus on pharmaceutical analysis, product formulation and manufacturing, chemical instrumentation, biochemistry, microbiology, and toxicology, as well as a common first year of basic biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Affiliations and Associations
- Canadian Society of Microbiologists
- Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)
- Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (PSG)
FAST TRACK into Semester 3
With existing post–secondary education in biology, biotechnology, chemistry or pharmaceutical sciences or technology disciplines, you may qualify to FAST TRACK your studies by entering directly into the second year of this program. The granting of credits beyond semester two is possible in exceptional cases. FAST TRACK entry may, at the discretion of the department, be offered to partially qualified candidates, in conjunction with requirements to complete additional subjects from semesters one or two.
One of the general education subjects must be a literature subject (from any category), for which EAC150 is a pre–requisite.
A general education subject (other than EAC), is a pre–requisite for SES391.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|York University||• Bachelor of Science in Chemistry|
|University of Guelph||• Bachelor of Science |
|Western University||• Bachelor of Engineering Science|
|Athabasca University||• Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma)|
|Royal Roads University||• Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice|
|University at Buffalo||• Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science or Chemistry|
Co-operative Education Option
Should you choose the co–operative education option, you’ll find that it’s an important partnership between the employer, the College and you. Following the third academic semester, you’ll begin to integrate your academic study with practical work experience in industrial, governmental and university laboratories. The experience you’ll gain during these work–placement semesters provides considerable reinforcement to your overall studies and is a way for you to connect with employers for potential future employment.
As part of the graduation requirements, you must successfully complete the professional theory and practice subjects, and two out of the three available work–term semesters. In this option, you must also achieve a high academic standing (G.P.A. 3.0) in each semester, while maintaining a full course load (5 subjects), as well as fulfilling other responsibilities in order to continue in the program or qualify for the work semesters.
A “Policies and Guidelines for Students” document, that elaborates on this cautionary note, is available from the School or the Faculty of Technology Co–operative Education office.
Admission to the Co–operative Education program is by application during the second academic semester. Note that a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (cumulative from semesters one and two), as well as a minimum “B” grade in EAC150 is required to be eligible, but does not necessarily guarantee entry into the co– operative education option. As part of the selection process the Promotion Committee will play a key role in assessing the suitability of students to participate in co–operative education.
- Co–op students must complete a minimum of two work–terms to qualify for a co–op designation.
- Co–op students are eligible for a four–month work–term after semester three.
- Co–op students are eligible for a four to eight–month work–term after semester four.
- Co–op students are eligible for a four to eight–month work–term after semester five.
|Year 1||Academic 1||Academic 2/1||Vacation/Academic 2|
|Year 2||Academic 3||Work Term 1||Academic 4|
|Year 3 & 4||Completion of Academic 5 (Jan-Apr) and Academic 6
(Sep-Dec), as well as completion of Work Term 2/3
(various pathways dependent on work term length).
|Semester 1||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ICA001||Introduction to Computers and Applications||2|
|Semester 2||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ACA273||Advanced Computer Applications||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CHO333||Chemistry - Organic||3|
|SES391||Effective Technical Writing||3|
|TAC333||Techniques in Analytical Chemistry||6|
|CPP100||Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)||1|
|CWT100||Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
|Semester 4||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CHO433||Chemistry - Organic||2|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|CPP200||Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)||1|
|CWT200||Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
|Semesters 5 & 6||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|PHA533||Pharmaceutical Analysis - Advanced||5|
|PHT533||Pharmacology and Applied Toxicology||6|
|PPF633||Pharmaceutical Product Formulations||5|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|CWT300||Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
|For more information, please visit our website at: biochem.senecacollege.ca.|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Carsten Wuertz
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22803
|International Admissions Advisor:||Aakashni Ram
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22085
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
|Student Advisor:||Monica Russell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
|Co-op Coordinator:||Zahra Hirji
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33218
|Program Chair:||Paola Battiston
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760