Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology (SPHAR)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Evening

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Department of Science

Skills Area

Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics

General Information
Contact

Lorraine Quirke

Email

springboard@wit.ie

Phone

051834127

Address

Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road
Waterford
X91 KOEK

Role

Course Leader

Important Dates
Application Deadline

06/09/2018

Start Date

10/09/2018

End Date

23/08/2019

About this Course

The aim of the Level 6 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology, is to provide participants with a working knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical technology and application to the biopharmachem and medtech facilities throughout the region. The programme offers the skill and experience that is required for this growing sector particularly in relation to sterile manufacturing operations. The programme focusses on enabling the practicing professional to enhance their career profile or for the non-practicing participant to improve employability into the Biopharmaceutical and medical device sector.
It is proposed that the Springboard + 2018 programme will be offered to participants irrespective of their employment status over a 12-month duration, and co-delivered with the Higher Certificate in Science (GMP & Technology). Participants will complete either the Work-based Project module or the Work Placement module.
Graduates will be eligible to progress to complete the Higher Cert in Good Manufacturing Practice and progress onwards to a degree in Good Manufacturing Practice.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are;
Applicants require an NQI Level 5 or Level 6 Award in either Engineering or Science


Applicants who do not currently hold a full award at the required academic entry level may be able to gain admission using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process - https://www.wit.ie/schools/education/springboard_ictskills#tab=panel-2

English language competency requirements
Applicants who first language is not English must submit documentary evidence of competency in English. Unfortunately no place can be offered unless candidates present the required certification of English - language competency. If you do not hold the relevant documentation it is recommended that you apply to one of the testing/certification organisations as soon as possible .
Please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details at: http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

Long Description

The aim of this Special Purpose Award, the Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology, is to provide participants with a working knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical technology and application to the biopharmachem and medtech facilities throughout the region. The programme offers the skill and experience that is required for this growing sector particularly in relation to sterile manufacturing operations. The programme focusses on enabling the practicing professional to enhance their career profile or for the non-practicing participant to improve employability into the Biopharmaceutical and medical device sector.
It is proposed that the Springboard + 2018 programme will be offered to participants irrespective of their employment status over a 12-month duration, and co-delivered with the Higher Certificate in Science (GMP & Technology). Participants will complete either the Work-based Project module or the Work Placement module.
Graduates will be eligible to progress to complete the Higher Cert in Good Manufacturing Practice and progress onwards to a degree in Good Manufacturing Practice.

Modules
GMP1 Mandatory (5 credits)
Fundamentals of Chemistry Mandatory (10 credits)
Fundamentals of Biology Mandatory (10 credits)
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science Mandatory(10 credits)
Contamination Control/ Cleanroom Management Mandatory (10 credits)
Work-based project Elective (10 credits)
Core Competencies Mandatory (5 credits)
Work Placement Elective (10 credits)
Total 60 credits

In Good Manufacturing Practice the student will learn how to interpret the guidelines for validation, quality systems and will be able to assist with inspections of the manufacturing environment which will ensure that pharmaceutical products are safe, effective, pure and free of contamination.
The Fundamentals of Biology module will introduce the student to Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology, focusing on biological terminology and microbiological techniques. It will also introduce the student to the concepts of environmental biology and pollution, and their impact on industrial operations
Fundamental Chemistry is for non-chemistry specialists and deals with basic concepts and techniques of Chemistry. Laboratory exercises illustrate and emphasise important concepts encountered in the theory and are of particular relevance to the pharmaceutical and medtech sector.
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science includes classification of pharmaceutical products, types of formulations, the manufacturing process and the role of the operator in this core value-added activity within a pharmaceutical organisation.
Contamination Control/Cleanroom Management covers aspects of Cleanroom design, installation and maintenance. Students will be able to work in a Grade A/B Cleanroom and learn the importance of cleaning, aseptic manufacturing and monitoring to maintain the integrity of the area to produce Parenteral products.
The aim of the work-based project (WBP) is for the student to complete a project, based on site, that is undertaken with an external organisation where the student is employed.
Placement is designed to allow learners whom are currently “unemployed or homemakers” to apply and develop their knowledge and skills in a pharmaceutical company or related environment, working to accredited quality standards, thus enhancing their professional development. The placement will be supervised by a WIT lecturer and a company supervisor.
Core Competencies the purpose of this module will be to facilitate participants to enhance their employability within a framework for critical thinking, scientific report writing and career development planning.




Timetable Info

The level 6 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology is delivered 2 evenings per week, Monday and Wednesday 16:15-19:15; plus 4 Saturday's in Semester 1 for laboratory practicals for Chemistry and Biology (arrangements agreed with the group and Lecturer).
Semester 2, delivery 2 evenings per week as S1 but no Saturday laboratory practicals.

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Dr. Bernadette Whelan

Address

Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road
Waterford
X91 KOEK

Phone

051834137

Email

bwhelan@wit.ie