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  • Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical

    Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CLP
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

This program trains you in pharmaceutical analysis, product formulation and manufacturing, microbiology and toxicology. You’ll get the hands–on experience necessary to perform drug assay and manufacture tablets, ointments and creams in accordance with the pharmaceutical industry standards.

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 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.

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.

Common First Year

In the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, the Technician (two- year) and Technologist (three-year) programs have a common first year, that is, semester one and semester two.

This allows students to seamlessly shift from one program to another, more suited to their needs or comfort with minimal extension of time to their studies.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).



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Your Career

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.


  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) through the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (PSG)

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Guelph• Bachelor of Science


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma)
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science or Chemistry

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical or technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Co-operative Education Option

Should you choose the co–operative education option, you’ll find that it’s an important partnership between the employer, Seneca 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 (GPA 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 Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology co–operative education office.

Admission to the Co–operative Education program is by application during the second academic semester. Note that a minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative from semesters one and two), as well as a minimum “B” grade in College English, 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.
Integrated Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2/1 Vacation/Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Work–Term Semester 4
Year 3 & 4 Completion of Semester 5 (Winter) and Semester 6
(Fall), as well as completion of Work–Terms 2 and 3
(various pathways dependent on work-term length).


Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO173 Biology 6
CHM173 Chemistry 6
EAC150 College English 3
MTH173 Mathematics 5
SSA001 Science Survival 1
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACA273 Advanced Computer Applications 3
BIO273 Biology 6
CHM273 Chemistry 6
MTH273 Mathematics 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CHO333 Chemistry - Organic 3
CMI333 Chemical Instrumentation 3
PHA333 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2
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 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIC433 Biochemistry 4
CHO433 Chemistry - Organic 2
MBG353 Microbiology 5
STA453 Statistics 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
CWT200 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5 & 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BPH633 Biopharmaceuticals 3
CMI533 Chemical Instrumentation 6
PAC633 Organic Chemistry 6
PHA533 Pharmaceutical Analysis - Advanced 5
PHC533 Pharmaceutical Calculations 6
PHM633 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 5
PHT533 Pharmacology and Applied Toxicology 6
PHY453 Physics 3
PPF633 Pharmaceutical Product Formulations 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CWT300 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Science Survival
Semester 2
Advanced Computer Applications
General Education Option
Semester 3
Chemistry - Organic I
Chemical Instrumentation
Pharmaceutical Analysis
Effective Technical Writing
Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 4
Chemistry - Organic II
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Year 3 (Semesters 5 and 6
Chemical Instrumentation
Organic Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Analysis - Advanced
Pharmaceutical Calculations
Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Pharmacology and Applied Toxicology
Pharmaceutical Product Formulation
&Pharmaceutical Manufacturing;
General Education Option
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Diane Duerden
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Monica Russell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Program Coordinator: Margot Wassenaar-Faber
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33248
Co-op Coordinator: Zahra Hirji
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33218
Program Chair: Paola Battiston
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760
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