Biopharmaceutical Production Technology

John Abbott College offers Québec’s only English language production technology program focusing on biotechnologies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Housed in the Anne-Marie Edward Science building, the laboratory spaces are designed to train students in both sterile and non-sterile manufacturing processes, dry-form manufacturing, liquid/ointment/cream manufacturing, fermentation, harvesting, sample-testing techniques and quality control as well as the packaging of various dosage forms.

AS A BIOPHARMA STUDENT, YOU WILL LEARN FLEXIBLE AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Professional Ethics
  • Health and Safety

During your final semester you will be introduced to the job market and will gain invaluable work experience by completing a stage at a local company.

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF…

  • You are interested in Science and Technology
  • You are organized, meticulous, and have good problem-solving skills
  • You are interested in a career in the bio-technology sector
  • You enjoy working independently and as a member of a team

WHERE BIOPHARMA CAN TAKE YOU!

Graduates will find work with companies employing bio-processing as well as traditional production techniques such as: pharmaceutical, cosmetic, nutraceutical, food & beverage production and bioremediation.

POTENTIAL INDUSTRIAL SECTORS OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Traditional pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmaceutical – generic
  • Biotechnology
  • Natural Health Products (NHP)
  • Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
  • Contract Research Organization (CROs)
  • Cosmetics industry
  • Food industry

Examples of job opportunities:

  • Manufacturing/production technologist who work on blending, granulation, and compression
  • Biotechnology technologist (fermentation, purification, filtration, etc.)
  • Quality control associate
  • Quality assurance associate
  • Research & development technologist
  • Regulatory affairs and compliance associate
  • Production planner
  • Equipment validation/qualification associate

Job placement rate upon graduation is 100%.

APPLIED RESEARCH JOB OPPORTUNITIES WHILE WORKING TOWARDS YOUR DEC!

Students frequently participate on applied research projects run by our faculty for which they have received NSERC grants. Students who have this opportunity get the added benefit of being exposed to industry specific equipment and technology. Recent research projects include:

  • Oral drug delivery systems
  • Stealth nanocapsules for passive drug targeting
  • Microencapsulation using spay-drying technology

SAMPLE COURSE PATH

Semester 1
Introduction to Chemistry, Computerized Systems, Introduction to the Profession, Good Manufacturing Practice 1, Liquid Manufacturing 1

Semester 2
Statistics, EHS & Toxicology, Production Best Practices, Good Manufacturing Practice 2, Liquid Manufacturing 2

Semester 3
Applied Physics, Quality Control, Production Planning, OSD Manufacturing 1, Packaging 1

Semester 4
Microbiology, OSD Manufacturing 2, Packaging 2, Sterile Manufacturing 1, Quality Assurance 1

Semester 5
Bioprocessing, Validation 1, Sterile Manufacturing 2, Quality Assurance 2

Semester 6
Introduction to Controls & Automation, Production Management, Clean Utilities & Equipment, Continuous Improvement, Validation 2, Stage

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

STAGE/INTERNSHIP

You can submit your job stage/internship offers for this program through the following link: click here



 

CEGEP ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics, Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology, Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education.

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics. 

OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES

This program has specific prerequisites.

  • Sec. IV Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option or Sec. IV Mathematics Science Option


 

HOW DO I APPLY:

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1 (Fall semester). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start: Fall 

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at admission.sram.qc.ca
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 235.C0.
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

ADMISSIONS OFFICE
514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358
admissions@johnabbott.qc.ca

Biopharmaceutical Production Technology
514-457-6610 x5327
biopharma@johnabbott.qc.ca