Work-Study Programme Leading to a Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

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About the Course

The Work-Study Programme leading to the Part-Time Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) will provide opportunities for fresh ITE graduates to deepen their skills and knowledge needed for a career in the development, manufacturing, marketing and dispensing of pharmaceuticals. Participants enrolled in the Work-Study Programme will undergo structured on-the-job training and mentorship, and be better positioned for wage increments and career advancement.

Upon completion of the 12-month Work-Study Programme, participants have the option to complete three (3) additional MCs for the award of a Part-Time Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences), and opt to specialise their skills in either quality control or dispensing practice.

What is so unique about this course?

Successful participants for the Work-Study Programme (WSP) will be matched to a full-time job offered by a WSP partner company. The WSP partner company will provide a 12-month paid structured on-the-job training and mentorship to better support the participant’s transition into the workforce. In addition, the WSP partner company will sponsor the participant’s school fees. Upon completion of the WSP programme, participants will receive a sign-on incentive of up to $5,000 if the requirements are met.

How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held 3 times a week at Republic Polytechnic (Woodlands).
The course will commence in October 2020.

Days of Lessons Duration
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
or
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
and 
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Note: Some lessons will be conducted via e-learning.

What will I get out of this?

I am deeply appreciative to all my lecturers and programme coordinators for their patience, guidance. They have played significant roles in giving moral support, imparting their skills, and knowledge. This course has widened my exposure and perspective on pharmaceutical drugs and diagnosis. I am now well-equipped with essential skillset and expertise required in the industry.
Ms Samantha Wong
Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences), 2020 Graduate

The Work-Study Programme will take 12 months (weekly classes) to complete.

Additional 18 months (3 MCs) to be completed on personal time for the award of a Diploma.

Modular Certificates under Work-Study Programme

Certificate in Drug Development 

Modules (60 hours each)

  1. A2819C Dosage Form Design
  2. A3720C Pharmaceutical Legislation
  3. A2829C Basis of Drug Action

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Product Distribution

Modules (60 hours each)

  1. E3560C Pharmaceutical and Bio-Chem Supply Chain
  2. A2839C Good Distribution Practices
  3. A3760C Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing

Additional Modular Certificates leading to the award of Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

Modules (60 hours each)

  1. A2849C Pharmaceutical Formulation and Processing
  2. A3259C Aseptic Handling Techniques
  3. A3269C Non-sterile Compounding

Certificate in Therapeutic and Complementary Health Products

Modules (60 hours each)

  1. A3750C Dietary Supplements
  2. A3740C Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  3. A2859C Pharmacotherapeutics

Certificate in Quality Control Concepts and Techniques (Elective)

Modules (60 hours each)

  1. A3650C Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  2. A3279C Good Laboratory Practices
  3. A3640C Analytical Instrumentation


OR

Certificate in Dispensary Services (Elective)

Modules (60 hours each)

  1. A3289C Pharmacotherapeutics II
  2. A3299C Retail Pharmacy and Clinic Management
  3. A4750C Good Dispensing Practice

Module Synopses


1. Certificate in Drug Development

A2819C Dosage Form Design

This module aims to introduce the various types of pharmaceutical dosage forms, the different routes of drug administration and drug delivery systems. Anatomy and physiology of the human body will also be introduced. Students will be able to relate to the physiological, physical and chemical factors that influence the choice of medication administration route and dosage form design.

A3720C Pharmaceutical Legislation

This concept-driven module places an emphasis on the application of legislation in the pharmaceutical industry and allows students to appreciate the importance of regulation of various aspects of handling medicines in Singapore. Learning outcomes include understanding the application of the Medicines Act, the Poisons Act, the Misuse of Drugs Act, the Health Products Act and the Sale of Drugs Act.

A2829C Basis of Drug Action

This module covers the basic principles of drug action, which include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, various genetic factors and inter-individual variations that may influence the effects of drugs. Basic principles of toxicology will also be covered in the module. This is a concept driven course that provides an understanding of the mechanisms by which drugs act in the body.


2. Certificate in Pharmaceutical Product Distribution

E3560C Pharmaceutical and Bio-Chem Supply Chain

This module aims to equip students with the basic understanding of the current issues and challenges faced by the pharmaceutical supply chain industry; specifically in the areas of regulations, quality assurance and validation, logistics handling and transportation. Students will explore the issues critical to the management of pharmaceutical products in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

A2839C Good Distribution Practices

This module introduces students to the regulatory guidelines for proper distribution of pharmaceutical products for human use. Students will learn about the roles and responsibilities of different players in the distribution/supply chain and how the division and movement of pharmaceutical products from the premises of the manufacturer to the end user, or to an intermediate point are regulated in relation to the safe storage, handling, transportation and cold chain management.

A3760C Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing

The module aims to provide an overview of pharmaceutical product value chain, which ranges from drug development, regulatory approval to pre and post-launch of a product. Factors that influence the marketing strategies, and the interdependence of various stakeholders influencing drug launches and product life-cycle management will be explored.


3. Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology

A2849C Pharmaceutical Formulation and Processing

This module covers basic principles involved in formulation and processing of oral pharmaceutical products. Roles and functions of excipients, the application of physicochemical principles to the preparation of dosage forms, concepts of raw materials and drug standards, and the importance of administrating safe, effective, stable and reliable drug delivery systems will be covered. Common downstream processes such as milling, extraction, shear granulation, fluid bed drying, spray-drying, tabletting and coating will also be discussed.

A3259C Aseptic Handling Techniques

This module equips students with scientific and hands-on skills required in aseptic compounding and quality testing of sterile products. Students will learn how to prepare total parenteral nutrition, intravenous (IV) admixtures, ophthalmic products and cytotoxic preparations which will be carried out in a clean room. Students will also be introduced to fundamentals in microbiology as well as the different types of quality control tests pertaining to IV/ophthalmic products.

A3269C Non-sterile Compounding

This module aims to provide hands-on sessions for students to integrate the scientific principles of pharmaceutics and a practical knowledge applied to the preparation and compounding of medicines for dispensing. Students are required to perform extemporaneous compounding of various solid, liquid (aqueous and non-aqueous) and semi-solid dosage forms. Students will also gain foundations and practice in pharmaceutical calculations and learn to interpret commonly used abbreviations and formulas not used in conventional mathematics modules.


4.Certificate in Therapeutic and Complementary Health Products

A3750C Dietary Supplements

This module covers foundational topics that are important for understanding the need and requirements of dietary supplements among different groups in the population. The differences between dietary supplements and nutrition, diet, nutraceuticals and functional food will be explored. The regulatory and commercial aspects will also be covered.

A3740C Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This module introduces basic understanding of various complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices, its integration, development, and roles in general health and disease management. Students will learn to appreciate the various theoretical concepts and possible risks associated with CAM practices. The module will also discuss the future directions for CAM practices in Singapore, including CAM modernization concepts, e.g. herb to dosage forms.

A2859C Pharmacotherapeutics

This module will cover pharmacotherapy of common ailments and conditions encountered in primary healthcare settings. Students will acquire skills and knowledge regarding appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) drug treatment, drug information search and interpretation, and information provision on therapeutics and general health products. Students will develop patient care related skills and learn to apply pharmacotherapy knowledge in practical settings.


5. Certificate in Quality Control Concepts and Techniques (Elective)

A3650C Current Good Manufacturing Practices

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of good manufacturing practices (GMP) as a set of guidelines for the regulation of pharmaceuticals, as well as their role in related industries. Students will also learn about facility design and layout and develop skills sets that are widely used in manufacturing industries. The regulatory roles of the FDA and HSA, the types of inspection activities and quality management systems (e.g. ISO9001 and ICH Q10) will also be covered.

A3279C Good Laboratory Practices

This module provides students a holistic view of current issues in the laboratory setting with a special emphasis on biomedical practices and research ethics. This includes the internal impetus shaping conducts, to wider societal responsibilities as defined by compliance with regulatory bodies and national standards. The fundamentals of laboratory information systems, laboratory safety, reference laboratory services and scientific proposal and report writing will also be covered.

A3640C Analytical Instrumentation

This module introduces students to different analytical techniques, focussing on the basic working principles of the instruments, applications and limitations of the techniques, as well as data analysis. Students will be exposed to physical and chemical tests used for drug characterisation.


6. Certificate in Dispensary Services (Elective)

A3289C Pharmacotherapeutics II

This module focusses on pharmacotherapy of common chronic diseases (e.g. asthma, diabetes, hypertension and psychiatric disorders etc.). The rationale use of therapeutic interventions and treatment plans to manage chronic disease progression will be explored. Students will learn skills related to patient education so as to strengthen the chronic health management and continuity of care to improve patient outcomes.

A3299C Retail Pharmacy and Clinic Management

This module focusses on the development of skills relevant to retail pharmacy and private clinics operations. These include product promotion, retail sales strategies, visual marketing, merchandizing, inventory control, customer relationship management, and current new initiatives for patient outreach such as online pharmacy and telepharmacy. The importance of teamwork and partnerships of care with other health professionals to improve patient outcomes will also be discussed.

A4750C Good Dispensing Practice

This module trains students to integrate drug knowledge, dispensing and clinical skills, and apply their knowledge through prescription assessment, making interventions and product recommendations, and specialised counselling for various disease conditions. Through hands-on sessions in the laboratory, they will learn how to appreciate the possible consequences of medication errors and the methods of preventing them. Students will be expected to evaluate relevant journal literature and apply concepts of patient-centred care.

Commencement Date     Duration  Venue
 October 2020  12 months (weekly classes)  Republic Polytechnic

Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who are either of the below:

  • NITEC and Higher NITEC fresh graduates from relevant courses, within 3 years of their graduation or Operationally Ready Date for National Servicemen.
  • Current employees with less than 5 years working experience in relevant Industry who meet the academic entry requirements.

Singapore Citizen

Fee Subsidy Eligibility

Modular Certificate (2 MCs) Net Fee during Work-Study Programme

Modular Certificate (3 MCs) Net Fee after Work-Study Programme

Course Net Fee

SME-sponsored

$417.06

$337.50

$1,846.62

40 years & above

$404.46

$327.42

$1,791.18

below 40 years old

$597.06

$481.50

$2,638.62

Singapore Permanent Resident

Fee Subsidy Eligibility

Modular Certificate (2 MCs) Net Fee during Work-Study Programme

Modular Certificate (3 MCs) Net Fee after Work-Study Programme

Course Net Fee

Self-sponsored

$1,617.84

$1,290.42

$7,106.94

SME-sponsored

$417.06

$337.50

$1,846.62


*Note:

• All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.

• From 1 July 2020, Workfare Training Scheme (WTS) and fee subsidy under WTS will cease. WTS will be replaced by Workfare Skills Support Scheme (WSS). For more information on WSS, please refer to https://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/workfare-skills-support-scheme-individuals.html.

Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice. The commencement of each course is subject to sufficient number of participants.

All information is accurate at time of publishing.


Last updated on 01 Jul 2020

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Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice.  The commencement of each course is subject to a sufficient number of participants. All information is accurate at time of publishing.