Healthcare Program

Faculty of Pharmaceutical

Number of Programs: 5

Credentials Awarded: Graduate, Postgraduate

Admission Open for: Winter 2020 | Summer 2021 | Fall 2021


The Pharmaceutical division of NACPT was established in 2009 .It consists of four departments which offer Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Quality Control & Quality Assurance, Pharmaceutical Formulation & Validation Technology, Pharmaceutical and Bio Pharmaceutical Clinical Research. NACPT offers two healthcare diploma programs (Pharmaceutical Quality Control & Quality Assurance, Pharmaceutical Formulation & Validation Technology) and three Postgraduate Diploma programmes (Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Advance Diploma (full-time and part-time), Pharmaceutical & Bio-Pharmaceutical Clinical Research.)

The Pharmaceutical division of NACPT is headed by well-trained professors who teach healthcare programs online. NACPT provides thorough industrial exposure to the students along with intensive training and workshops. Optional Job Assistance for co-op, internship and full-time opportunities within pharmaceutical, cannabis and biopharmaceutical and related sectors are also provided by NACPT in these healthcare certificate programs online.


Student achievements and Statistics

NACPT has a record of a large number of its graduates from the pharmaceutical program working in leading pharmaceutical and related companies.

In 2013, NACPT received “Outstanding Graduate Award” for the healthcare sector by Ontario Career Colleges (OCC) amongst 6 leading career colleges across Canada.

Post Graduate Diploma:

Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Advanced Diploma

  • Program Code: PHA.BIO.ADIP.F
  • Duration: Full-time: 48 weeks  (1 Year)

Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Advanced Diploma

  • Program Code: PHA.BIO.ADIP.P
  • Part-time: 116 weeks (2 Years)

Pharmaceutical & BioPharmaceutical Clinical Research

  • Program Code: PHA.BIO.CLINR.PGDIP
  • Duration: 52 Weeks (1Year)

Graduate Diploma (26 Weeks)

Pharmaceutical Quality Control & Quality Assurance

  • Program code :PHA.QC.QA.DIP

Pharmaceutical Formulation & Validation Technology

  • Program Code: PHA.FOR.VALTECH.DIP


  • Prof. Dr. Hameed A Mirza
        PhD, Chemistry


Dr. Hameed is the Vice President (R&D) of A.S. Chemical laboratory Inc., in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a Chemistry professor at the University of York in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has more than 25 years of leadership and hands-on experience in the pharmaceutical industry, complemented with many years of academic teaching experience. He possesses extensive expertise and knowledge of Research
and Development in pharmaceutical and bio-technology industries.


LinkedIn:- Dr. Hameed



  • Dean Rathi Param – NACPT Pharma College


Rathi Param is the president/founder of the NACPT Pharma College, International Medical Cannabis Association (IMCA), and Validation Tech Inc. Rathi earned her B.Sc. in Chemistry from University Ottawa, MBA in Technology from the University of Phoenix and Post Graduate Pharmaceutical QA & QC Certification from SRN Institute. She is an innovative and creative leader with more than twenty years of hands-on experience in many scientific industries (medical cannabis, medical devices, environmental, food, pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical), complemented with fifteen years of academic and corporate training experience. She possesses extensive expertise and knowledge of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Formulation, Validation, Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Technology, Process Improvements, Auditing, and Inspection.


Presently, Rathi is taking the role of Dean of NACPT Pharma College, Head of Health Canada approved Research and Development cannabis facility of IMCA and Head of Cannabis Laboratory of Validation Tech Inc.


Currently, Rathi is also taking the role of Quality Assurance Person (QAP) consultant for Green Amber Canada (Cannabis Producer) and consultant roles for many new and existing cannabis companies in Canada. Beside these roles, she also developed the first ever ministry approved Cannabis Diploma programs in Canada.


In addition, Rathi has been assisting medical cannabis companies in regards to the application process to become a Licensed Producer of Cannabis for Medical Purposes through Health Canada. In the past 15+ years, Rathi has held strategic management roles in major Canadian name brand/generic pharmaceutical companies. Validation Scientist at Pantheon Inc., Validation Services Manager at Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Toronto., Validation Specialist at Ciba Vision, Mississauga., Validation Quality Engineer (Consultant) at iPOC, Toronto, QA Director at CMAX Technologies, Validation Director at Validation Tech Inc., and Quality Assurance Person in charge at Green Amber Canada, Vancouver to name a few. Her interest in helping students, employers and professionals across the world to commence their careers in the cannabis, pharmaceutical and related industries was the motivation to launch the NACPT Pharma College, International Medical Cannabis Association (IMCA) and Validation Tech, to provide hands-on training and create a platform to direct the pathway to successful recruitment by the pharmaceutical, cannabis and related companies.


Linkedin :- Rathi Paramasamy



  • Prof. Salvador Y Fucion
        BSChe, MBA, CQA


Salvador Funcion, MBA, CheEng, was until recently the Quality Assurance Manager for regulatory affairs at Niagara Pharmaceuticals. Salvador is an auditor, regulatory coach, consultant and instructor for global matters pertaining to pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, regulatory compliance, quality and clinical affairs. He obtained his Chemical Engineering and MBA from De La Salle University and is a certified quality auditor (CQA) by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He has spent 15 years working for pharmaceutical and medical gas companies manufacturing medical drugs and medical devices. He is an expert in pharmaceutical regulatory and quality compliance. He has a broad background and a crucial leadership role in functional areas, such as API product development/manufacturing, business process optimisation, quality compliance, clinical development, and regulatory strategy. He also has hands-on experience with global regulatory management and submission.


Prior to founding his own consulting firm (QAFM Services), he was the Quality Assurance Manager and Regulatory Affairs at BOC Canada, Limited in Toronto, wherein he provided inspiring and actionable solutions for sustainable business operation in the manufacture of medical drugs and medical devices gases. He provides practical, actionable and strategic solutions integrated with equipment validations, QE/QA/QC guidance, systems design and implementations in compliance to ISO 13485, GMP, GCP standards, CAPA, FMEA and auditing. Over the years, he has assisted several pharmaceutical clients to analyze and come up with solutions for their Health Canada and US FDA inspection 483s. He is familiar with more than 100 medical products (medical devices including IVD products, biologics, drugs and combination products). He provides directions for regulatory strategy, regulatory submission, clinical studies, and CMC requirements for different development stages, product indications, and labelling. He has experience working with the US, Canadian and Southeast Asian regulatory regulations. He co-authored the IDRAC®, a complete pharmaceutical regulatory intelligence solution from Thomson Reuters that provides regulatory professionals with a one-stop source of information across the globe. Being a Certified Quality Auditor by ASQ, Salvador has more than 3 years experience performing ISO and GCP Clinical Trial Audits to a number of CROs in Ontario. Salvador currently teaches quality assurance, regulatory affairs and GCP compliance for North American Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology (NAIPT) in Toronto, Canada.


Linkedin :-  Salvador Y Fucion


  • Prof. Naheed Kausar ,M.Sc., Chemistry


With 20 years of quality control/ quality assurance experience in the pharmaceutical industry and M.Sc. in Chemistry, Naheed Kausar has joined North American College of Pharmaceutical Technology in 2013. She is heading the Regulatory Affairs, GMP, GCP, GLP, GDP courses and teaching students to handle industry regulations with care. Her expertise on the technical and regulatory divisions of pharmaceutical companies helps students to understand the need of the regulatory body and compliance of the companies.


Linkedin:- Naheed Kausar


  • Prof. Ravi Tan, PhD,

Organic Chemistry, UK


Dr. Ravi Tan is currently working as Manager, Research & Development, Cobalt Pharmaceuticals and has been a part of North American College of Pharmaceutical Technology team since 2011. He has 20 years of laboratory and administrative experience in various pharmaceutical companies in Canada. Dr. Tan worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. His progressive knowledge on the technical, managerial and regulatory side of the pharmaceutical industry is something worth noticing.


Linkedin :- Ravi Tan



  • Prof. Carlos Aragon
    PhD, Biotechnology, M.Sc., Analytical Chemistry


Dr. Carlos Aragon is a Specialist in Process and Products at Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Toronto. He has 15 years of experience working in research laboratories, pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry; research & development and Quality Control achieving results, improving new techniques, procedures and products with advanced scientific knowledge. He has strong understanding and knowledge in analytical method development such as Chromatographic Procedures focused on HPLC, FPLC, and UPLC. He also possesses a good knowledge of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP’s), for labs and knowledge of FDA, TPD and ICH requirements. Dr. Aragon completed PhD in Biotechnology from University of Lisbon, Portugal and was associated with University of Lisbon and University of Ciego de Ávila, Portugal as Researcher and Supervisor.


Linkedin:-  Carlos Aragon



  • Prof. Dr. AKM Abdul Hai
    PhD, Organic Chemistry


Dr. AKM Abdul Hai has years of experience as a Product Development Scientist involving API Synthesis and Analytical Method and Formulation. His extensive knowledge of processes of Biopharmaceutical drug products supported his career in Canada and abroad. To name a few, Dr. Hai has worked as a Scientist in Matesci Inc, Scarborough and CMI Cosmetic, Toronto. Dr. Hai completed his PhD from Okayama University, Japan and acquired specialisation in Organo-copper Chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Pharmaceutical and Bio pharmaceutical Modern Technology.


Linkedin :- Dr. AKM Abdul Hai



  • Gaurav Raval
    Honors B. Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of Toronto Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Toronto


Gaurav Raval has joined the NACPT Lead Training Team in 2020 as part of the Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance department. It is his job to train students and employees in cannabis analytical testing, method development and validation using HPLC, GC and Dissolution Apparatus. Gaurav Raval is a highly focused and detail oriented analytical scientist with 10 years of academic and professional experience specialising in the areas of R & D, analytical method development and validation, technical instrumentation and scientific report writing. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Toronto (St.George Campus). During his M.Sc., he conducted cutting age research work in collaboration with two well known professors (Dr. Heiko Heerklotz and Dr. Shirley Wu). His research work was primarily focused on biophysical interaction of anti-cancer drug Doxorubicin with novel lipid nano-particles using various analytical instruments.


During his M.Sc. program, Gaurav also worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for teaching undergraduate life science courses and upper year pharmacy courses (both labs and lectures). He also obtained a specialised Teaching Fundamental (TF) certificate at TATP institute at University of Toronto. Prior to joining NACPT, Gaurav worked as a Senior Analytical Chemist at leading cGMP contract development and manufacturing company called Dalton Pharma Services. He also worked as a Scientist at a pharmaceutical contract testing company called Exova Inc. (now called Element Materials Technology). At these companies, Gaurav was primarily responsible for optimising, developing and validating HPLC/UPLC and GC analytical methods for the analysis of various product formulations including cough syrups (Impurity analysis), tablets, lipid formulations, biological products (Vitamins and Amino Acid analysis) and cannabis products (CBN creams and CBD oil). Gaurav has working knowledge of cGMP, GLP, USP and ICH guidelines


Linkedin :- Gaurav Raval

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