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Course overview

Certificate Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Operations

This course consists of a series of scientific, technological, quality, improvement and personal development modules designed and delivered by highly experienced tutors. Practical modules will be provided through the use of the Technological University Dublin, Tallaght Campus pilot facilities.

Learning and support will be provided through the use of the online portal Moodle. Participants who were unable to attend a particular module can obtain the information online if required. Participants who return to work during the course can avail of the online option to complete the lectures and sit the final exams. Extensive Coaching & Mentorship workshops will be provided with a specific focus on individual assessment and improvement.

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Course Outline

The course duration is 9 months. Lectures will be delivered 2 evenings per week online. Students will also be required to attend 2 Saturday's a month on campus in Dublin, Limerick & Cork.

Module 1: Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Fundamentals

Learn about Pharmaceutical Science, Understand Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals technologies, Medical Device Operations, Chemical Operations in Bulk Pharmaceutical Plants and Understand Formulation Studies & Packaging Technologies.

Module 2: Facilities / Utilities Management

Understand the fundaments of Facilities / Utilities Management, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Review Pharmaceutical Water Systems, Aseptic Processing, Cleanroom Technology, Clean In Place (CIP) technology and validation of CIP and Understand Isolation technologies, Sterilisation Methods and Sterility testing

Module 3: Good Manufacturing Practices & Quality Risk Management

Understand Good Manufacturing Practices, the regulatory environment - HPRA, US FDA, trends/issues within the regulatory environment, the new area of managing risk within the pharmaceutical industry and understand the concepts of Validation 

Module 4: Business Improvement Methodologies

Lean Understand what makes a business successful, Lean Thinking and Six Sigma, use the language of improvement to outline your experiences, Process Improvement Tools such as Process Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, Root Cause Analysis and CAPA, the key success factors of effective report writing and develop the skills to understand and achieve significant improvements

Module 5: Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Operations

Understand the core operations within a Pharma/Med Device operation, the typical Support Functions - Logistics, Quality, Engineering, EHS, IT, HR, etc.,  the documentation requirements of such operations, the culture/expectations in such organisations

Module 6: Career Coaching & Mentorship

Understand the Pharma/Med Device Industry, Determine the right career for you, Optimise your CV and excel at interviews, Develop your network, Develop your communication & presentation skills, become an effective listener and increase your confidence

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Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those with a minimum qualification at NFQ Level 5 or Leaving Certificate with five passes to include English and a Science subject. Mature students with relevant industrial experience are also eligible. All applicants must have competency in spoken and written English.

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Career Options

With the continued growth of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry in Ireland, this course is suitable for those who wish to upskill to gain either

  • An entry level position within the Pharma/Medical Device Industries, or
  • Supplement their existing core skills to pursue a similar role within the Pharma/Medical Device Industries (e.g. Finance, HR, IT etc.,)

Possible Pharmaceutical and Medical Device roles you could fill post completion of this course include Product Design and Development, Injection Moulding, Continuous Improvement, Equipment Maintenance Technician, Quality Control/Assurance, Packaging, Project Engineering, Validation Engineering, Manufacturing Technicians, Automation/Robotic/VIsion Systems, Software Development and Support Services. 

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Our admissions team are on hand to assist you with your application and answer any questions you may have on the course.

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process. They should have obtained a Level 5 in Science, Engineering or a related discipline or Leaving Certificate Qualification.

First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located on the top of this page. This is to register interest with us in the chosen course. Once submitted a member of the team will be in contact with you via phone call or email to discuss the course in more detail, assess your eligibility and assist you with anything you need to progress further.

Subject to eligibility, the next step is too to fill out and submit the application form which will require you to submit the following documentation

  • A copy of your CV
  • Copy of a Government issued ID (passport or driver’s licence)
  • Transcript of your previous highest qualification.

We accept scanned documents in a pdf format. Pictures of documents are not accepted.

Following the submission of your application form, a member of our team will be in contact with you.

Please note through the application process if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 3346

Why up-skill for the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland?

  • €3 billion in new capital investment
  • €39 billion in exports
  • Over 55,000 employed
  • 9 of top 10 world’s biopharma companies in Ireland
  • 12 of the top-selling drugs made in Ireland
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted by 2020
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