Advanced Diploma in Medical and Pharmaceutical Technology

Post-Diploma / 1.5 years

Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Certification
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Singapore has established its position as Asia’s leading centre for biomedical manufacturing. The industry is knowledge-intensive and requires a highly skilled workforce.

The Advanced Diploma for Medical and Pharmaceutical Technology (ADMPT) is the most comprehensive course that develops skilled workforce for Singapore’s pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

ADMPT graduates will have the necessary knowledge and hands-on skills to meet the high demand for skilled manpower, and maintain Singapore’s competitive edge as a biomedical manufacturing hub.

This course is suitable for:

  • Persons employed in biopharmaceuticals who wish to expand their job scope
  • Persons seeking employment in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries
  • Technologists working in other fields who wish to upgrade their skills to gain employment in biomedical science sectors

Learning Outcomes

The ADMPT provides participants with knowledge in biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes and an in-depth perspective of quality assurance systems in the biopharmaceutical and medical technology industries – all under the guidance of experienced lecturers and industry practitioners. The strong emphasis on laboratory training will provide participants the skillsets to meet a wide range of job requirements.

Course 
Schedule

Monday, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Course Start Date: 19 Apr 2021
Application Period: 15 Dec 2020 to 31 Jan 2021
Application Outcome Date: 1 Mar 2021

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Post-Diploma Certificate in Molecular & Microbiological Analyses
Module
Cell & Molecular Biology
This module provides an introduction to basic cell & molecular biology concepts. It equips students with an understanding of cell biology, including structure and function of cells and its organelles, cellular transport mechanisms, cell divisions, DNA replication, central dogma of biology, basic genetic principles, and cell development.
Module
Microbiology
Lectures will cover the scope of microbiology including the types, classification and properties of bacteria, fungi and viruses. The laboratory sessions will equip students with essential skills in microbiology including aseptic technique, staining methods and methods for enumeration, culturing, maintenance and identification of microorganisms.
Module
Pharmaceutical Microbiology
The module will cover standard methods in pharmaceutical microbiology including microbiological testing of non-sterile and sterile products, preservative testing, sterilization techniques, validation of the sterilization process, environmental monitoring and viral testing and clearance. The module will also provide an overview of microorganisms typically encountered or tested for as contaminants in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Module
Applied Genomics & Proteomics
This module provides an insight into the fields of genomics and proteomics. Students will study the functions of genes and their interaction within a genome, the importance of the human genome project in the discovery of new drugs, genetically modified organisms, protein expression, structure and functions of proteins, methods of purification and analyses of proteins.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
Module
Mammalian Cell Culture
This module equips students with strong aseptic techniques and an understanding of the application of cell cultures in biopharmaceutical production and research and development. Topics include types of sterilisation methods, preparation of media and maintenance of cell cultures.
Module
Upstream Processing
The module will provide an overview of the processes involved in producing biopharmaceuticals from raw materials. The module will cover cells as biocatalysts, applications of recombinant technology, cell banking, bioreactors, bioreactor operation and factors involved in the scale up of animal cell cultures from flask to reactor. Issues relating to end product accumulation and the quantitation of cell growth will also be covered. Practical sessions will include the methods.
Module
Downstream Processing
The module will cover the purification of recombinant proteins. Topics will include large scale cell separation and affinity, ion exchange and gel filtration chromatography. Issues relating to the packing of columns and the selection of column packings will also be covered.
Module
Drug Formulation
This module focuses on the design and formulation of two-phase pharmaceutical products, including suspensions, emulsions and solid pharmaceutical products, particularly as they relate to the formation sterile drugs. Topics include drug formulations, processing of sterile drug formulations, preparation of pharmaceuticals, specialised dosage forms, GMP and Validation.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Pharmaceutical Quality Systems
Module
cGMP Compliance
The module will provide an overview of the GXP regulatory standards and requirements in pharmaceutical industry and starting with the drug development process to the production of the finished product. GMPs and the Quality Management Systems covering organization and personal, equipment and facilities, contamination control, documentation management, packaging and labeling and API and biologics manufacturing will be covered.
Module
QC & Pharmaceutical Analytics
This module studies analytical techniques used for the detection, identification and quantitative determination of drugs and related substances. Techniques for the evaluation of analytical data and validation of analytical methods will be introduced as well as an overview of QC issues and regulatory requirements related to the quality of biopharmaceuticals.
Module
Validation
The module will cover the principles and practices of Validation providing an introduction to organization of the validation process. Topics will include validation of critical utilities, cleaning and sterilization, methods, computer systems and processes. The validation of biopharmaceutical processes will also be covered.
Module
QA & Documentation
The module will cover documentation and its role in Quality Assurance in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Documentation requirements under GMP, ISO Quality Management System and ICH guidelines will be compared. International quality and regulatory requirements including those of the HSA will be compared. The module will cover documentation requirements for quality events including customer complaints, Out of Specifications, Deviation Investigations, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action Preventative Action. The topic of documentation requirements for Qualification and Validation will cover Change Control, IQ, OQ and PQ, method validation for incoming materials, process control and finished product quality. The components of the QA Documentation System and Good Documentation Practice will be covered. The module will also cover Quality Audits, regulatory inspections and interpreting and responding to FDA 483 Warning Letters.

Certification

1 Advanced Diploma
3 Post-Diploma Certificates
12 Modules

Certification

You are required to complete 3 post-diploma certificates within 3-year validity period to be awarded the Advanced Diploma qualification.


Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:
  • A local Polytechnic Diploma/ Degree in technical disciplines such as Science, Engineering or Information Technology

  • A local Polytechnic Diploma or Degree in a non-engineering / non-technology disciplines

    • AND a Credit or a minimum grade of C6 in GCE “O” level Science Subject

Course Fees

Note:

  • The fees below are per semester.
  • The fees below are inclusive of GST.
  • The fees below are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review and revision.

SkillsFuture Credit
This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit.

All Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay f​or a wide range of courses. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies/funding. This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants and must be applied via the SkillsFuture Portal. More details on the SkillsFuture Credit Claims will be advised upon admission into the course. Find out more about SkillsFuture Credit at www.skillsfuture.sg/credit.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

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Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMCs) are bite-sized part-time courses for individuals to acquire new skills or deepen relevant skills, without the need to pursue a full diploma. Refer here for course fees for SBMCs.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Singapore Citizens (SC) below the age of 40 years$500.95
Singapore Citizens (SC) aged 40 and above$333.97
Singapore Permanent Residents (PR)$1335.86
Enhanced Training Support for SME Scheme (for SC & SPR)$344.89
Others (and Repeat Students)$3339.69