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  • Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical

    Chemical Laboratory Technology - Pharmaceutical

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CLP
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
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 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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • 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).


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.


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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.

School Guidelines

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.

Transfer Option

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.

General Education

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):


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

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.
Integrated Model
  Sept-Dec Jan-Apr May-Aug
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).


Important Academic Dates

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


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)
Semesters 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)

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website at:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Carsten Wuertz
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22803
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
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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