Career Programs

Biopharmaceutical Production Technology


John Abbott College offers Québec’s only English language production technology program focusing on biotechnologies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Housed in the Anne-Marie Edward Science building, the laboratory spaces are designed to train students in both sterile and non-sterile manufacturing processes, dry-form manufacturing, liquid/ointment/cream manufacturing, fermentation, harvesting, sample-testing techniques and quality control as well as the packaging of various dosage forms.

As a Biopharma student, you will learn flexible and transferable skills in the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Professional Ethics
  • Health and Safety

During your final semester you will be introduced to the job market and will gain invaluable work experience by completing a stage at a local company.

This program is for you if…

  • You are interested in Science and Technology
  • You are organized, meticulous, and have good problem-solving skills
  • You are interested in a career in the bio-technology sector
  • You enjoy working independently and as a member of a team

Québec Perspective Scholarship

Students in this program are eligible to receive a Québec Perspective Scholarship if they meet all the criteria. Click here for more details Québec Perspective Scholarship Program | Gouvernement du Québec (

Where Biopharma can take you!

Graduates will find work with companies employing bio-processing as well as traditional production techniques such as: pharmaceutical, cosmetic, nutraceutical, food & beverage production and bioremediation.


  • Traditional pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmaceutical – generic
  • Biotechnology
  • Natural Health Products (NHP)
  • Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
  • Contract Research Organization (CROs)
  • Cosmetics industry
  • Food industry

Examples of job opportunities:

  • Manufacturing/production technologist who work on blending, granulation, and compression
  • Biotechnology technologist (fermentation, purification, filtration, etc.)
  • Quality control and/or assurance associate
  • Research & development technologist
  • Regulatory affairs and compliance associate
  • Production planner
  • Equipment validation/qualification associate

Job placement rate upon graduation is 100%.

Graduates may choose to pursue their studies at the university level. John Abbott students with strong academic backgrounds can receive exemptions for some courses. The College currently has an agreement with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador; click here to view the details.

Applied research job opportunities while working towards your DEC!

Students frequently participate on applied research projects run by our faculty for which they have received NSERC grants. Students who have this opportunity get the added benefit of being exposed to industry specific equipment and technology. Recent research projects include:

  • Oral drug delivery systems
  • Stealth nanocapsules for passive drug targeting
  • Microencapsulation using spay-drying technology


You can submit your job stage/internship offers for this program through the following link: click here

Admission Requirements

CEGEP Requirements

A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics
  • Secondary 4 Science and Technology
    OR Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology
  • Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education

Program Prerequisites

This program has specific prerequisites.

Sec. V Mathematics Cultural, Social and Technical Option
OR Sec. IV Mathematics Technical & Scientific Option or Sec. IV Mathematics Science Option

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

How To Apply

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.

The application deadline is March 1.

Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.


Program start: Fall


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 235.C0
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Biopharmaceutical Production Technology Department
514-457-6610 x5327

Student for a Day Program

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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