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QA/QC in the Pharmaceutical Industry

QA/QC in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

The QA/QC in the Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Diploma program provides instruction in the concept of quality assurance in a manufacturing environment controlled by good manufacturing practices, quality systems, and regulatory agencies.

If you have a Diploma or Bachelor's in Science degree, you may want to take this program.  You will be introduced to the following topics and concepts:

  • Regulatory agencies
  • Documentation
  • Validation
  • Deviations
  • Corrective and preventative actions
  • Auditing
  • Inspection

To pass this course and succeed in your career, you must also be detail oriented and enjoy working in a laboratory or manufacturing setting.

Course Delivery

This QA/QC in the Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Diploma program is offered at the Notre Dame Campus of Red River College.


Graduates will be to work in:

  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulated laboratories or;
  • GMP regulated pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in quality control laboratories or in quality assurance or;
  • International Standards Organization (ISO) or;
  • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulated laboratories.

Learning Outcomes

Through practical training, you will learn analytical instrumental techniques, calibration of common laboratory equipment, and laboratory testing of raw materials and finished products as performed by a Quality Control laboratory.

As a graduate of this program you will have learned how to do the following:

  • Interpret the requirements for testing of raw materials, in-process samples, and finished product in accordance with pharmacopoeia compendia standards.
  • Perform a variety of Quality Control activities including developing QC policies and Standard Operation Procedures, analyzing and archiving data, and interpreting results.
  • Operate, validate, and calibrate a variety of laboratory equipment used in pharmaceutical industrial labs.
  • Assess instruments malfunction and troubleshoot analytical equipment failure in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Identify and analyze unexpected results during routine analyses and help to provide solutions based on scientific and regulatory considerations by implementing preventive action and corrective actions programs.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of U.S. and Canadian GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) requirements to the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, blood products, and natural health products.
  • Understand the concept of quality systems and compliance in the regulated industry and the role of quality assurance.
  • Understand the use of controlled documentation.
  • Review GLP, ISO 9000, and ISO 17025.
  • Prepare for and conduct internal and external audits and help prepare for a regulatory inspection.

Course Outline

Term 1 
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
PHAR-1001         Analytical Instrumentation 1 5
PHAR-1008 Introduction to Pharmaceutical/ Biotechnology Ind.  3
PHAR-1012 Laboratory & Workplace Safety 2
PHAR-1014 Quality Assurance for Pharmaceutical Industry 1 6
PHAR-1016 Quality Control Analysis 1 5
PHAR-1095 Writing for Life Sciences & Biotechnology 1 2
Term 2
PHAR-1010 Introduction to Validation 3
PHAR-2002 Analytical Instrumentation 2 5
PHAR-2015 Quality Assurance for Pharmaceutical Industry 2 6
PHAR-2017 Quality Control Analysis 2 5
PHAR-2094 Writing for Life Sciences & Biotechnology 2 2

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which document and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses or programs. So if you think your grades are good enough, apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some of the courses of this program to decrease the number of subjects you have to take.  Talk to your assigned IVC Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for advice.

Course Info

College : Health Sciences

Duration : 1 Year

Qualifications Level : Advanced Diploma

Fees :
Tuition Fee 13,000
Student Association 105
Health Insurance Coverage 456
Tech Fees 166
Materials and Lab Fees 1,032
Student Services 176
Rec. Fee 20
Application Fee (Non-refundable) 100
Tuition Fee Deposit (Non-refundable) 400
Confirmation of Enrolment Fee 10.5

Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars. However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up). The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College. Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

September is the only intake date per year for this Advanced Diploma QA/QC in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Make sure you check with us first since Start Dates and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.  

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  You must comply with the following requirements

  • Relevant Diploma or Degree
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score. Listening, Speaking and Reading components must be at least 6.5 while the Writing component must be at least 6.0

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