PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: PHRM
  • Program length: Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Primary location Oshawa (some courses may be offered in Whitby)
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

The Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology program at Durham College provided just the right mix of theoretical and practical training to kick- [...]

Nicola Daligadu
Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology
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Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology

Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology

Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology

Consumer awareness of production safety and quality are at an all-time high, triggered by repeated recalls, social media campaigns and increased media access. As a result, successful quality control and quality assurance programs are essential for an organization to survive. Graduates are uniquely suited to work in these high-demand areas in the food, pharmaceutical, natural product and cosmetic industries.

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Program Description

This program will provide students with the essential skills and specific qualifications necessary for the workplace. Graduates are employed in both public and private sectors including:

  • Bakeries, confectioners, pasta and snack food manufacturers
  • Brewers, winemakers and beverage manufacturers
  • Dairy, meat, seafood and canning processors
  • Food additives and flavour manufacturers
  • Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and consumer health products manufacturers

Service industries include:

  • Government departments such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada
  • Packaging, ingredient and equipment suppliers
  • Pharmaceutical research and development companies
  • Research establishments and universities

This program has broad career prospects and students may work as a:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Food safety and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point co-ordinator
  • Food technologist
  • Food scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Packaging technologist
  • Research scientist
  • Much more

The career path for graduates of this program can extend to technical research and development , operations and general management.

In our fully equipped microbiology, chemical analysis and processing facilities, you will gain hands-on experience in the methods and instrumentation used in the pharmaceutical and food science technology industry. 

This program is unique in Ontario. Local employers, including the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, which gives monetary awards for academic excellence, repeatedly require the technical expertise of our graduates.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 biology and chemistry (recommended)
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Field to Fork

The field-to-fork concept is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers. Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of programs that crossover traditional academic schools. To capitalize on classroom and lab equipment availability select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the Centre for Food.

The curriculum, faculty expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment required to implement this concept have been built into each program, providing students with unparalleled exposure to field to fork.

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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE:

  • Food, pharmaceutical or cosmetic manufacturing technologist
  • Food product development technologist
  • Food safety technologist
  • Instrumentation technologist
  • Microbiology technologist
  • Pharmaceutical technologist
  • Production manager
  • Quality assurance technologist
  • Quality control technologist

WHERE YOU COULD WORK:

  • Government and municipal institutions
  • Pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food processing companies
  • Product research laboratories
  • Regulatory departments
  • Quality control laboratories
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$2,851$12,622
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,141

$1,541
Program Incidental$150$150
Total Fees:$4,141$14,313

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement in your third year, which will allow you to work for a company and gain hands-on experience.

If you are a domestic or internationally educated student with a Bachelor of Science degree, you may be eligible for the fast-track delivery. Please see the fast-track offering: Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology (compressed fast-track).

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: PHRM
  • Program length: Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Primary location Oshawa (some courses may be offered in Whitby)
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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