Allied Health & Sciences
Specialized Diploma conferred
The region's leading biopharmaceutical and biomanufacturing firms helped develop Northampton's specialized diploma and its courses. The result is a program that prepares students to start or grow a career in the expanding field of aseptic (ultra-clean) production immediately upon graduation.
Students in this program receive hands-on experience in Northampton's state-of-the-art ISO Class 7 clean room. They also gain classroom training for work within biomanufacturing, biopharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturing.
Industry-experienced instructors demonstrate how clean rooms are operated and maintained, as well as the special procedures and behaviors required of technicians working in these settings. FDA regulations and contamination control are emphasized in the course work.
The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis in as little as two semesters. Classes can be taken individually or as part of the full specialized diploma program. All but one of the courses can be taken at either NCC's Bethlehem or Monroe campuses. Courses are available during both day and evening hours.
The NCC Math Placement examination is required upon admission. Successful completion of Algebra is necessary to enroll in the statistics course required to complete the specialized diploma. There are no prerequisites for the foundational course on current good manufacturing practice (GMP), which also provides a good overview of the biomanufacturing industry.
This program is highly technical and industry-specific, so the credits are not designed to transfer to a 4-year college. Courses may be considered as electives upon transfer. Students who intend to continue on to a bachelor of science (BS) degree should contact a transfer advisor in the Academic Advising office before choosing courses.
Students in the second year of the Biotechnology AAS Program are welcome to use these courses as free electives, but they cannot substitute for AAS Biotechnology degree requirements.
Graduates of the Aseptic Processing Specialized Diploma program will:
|Course Code||Course Title||
|BIOT 101||Introduction to Good Manufacturing Practices||
|BIOT 184||Introduction to Biotechnology||
|BIOT 120||Cleanroom Microbiology||
|BIOT 200||Aseptic Processing||
|MATH 150||Introduction to Statistics||
Career Potential: Biomanufacturing Technician, Biomanufacturing Fill-line Operator,