Aseptic Processing

Allied Health & Sciences
Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative
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.

Program Features
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.

Program Requirements
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.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the Aseptic Processing Specialized Diploma program will:

  • Develop an overall understanding and appreciation of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations governing aseptic processing and their implications for biomanufacturing facilities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a typical biomanufacturing facility while following appropriate regulations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the practice and theory of aseptic processing including principles in aseptic processing operations and operations within a clean room.
  • Understand the importance of and interrelationships among environmental monitoring, environmental control and contamination control.
Aseptic Processing,
Specialized Diploma

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
Total Credits:

Career Potential:
Biomanufacturing Technician, Biomanufacturing Fill-line Operator,

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