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COLLEGE STATION – The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) at Texas A&M University has rolled out “Introduction to Therapeutics Manufacturing,” an online course that provides a comprehensive overview of the pharmaceutical industry. The course is being offered at no cost through Feb. 13, 2015. The course was developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and is designed for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing or is simply curious to know how therapeutics are developed.

The 2-hour self-paced course was developed by TEEX’s Knowledge Engineering and is hosted on a Learning Management System developed by TEEX for NCTM. The course covers the drug/medical product development process, regulatory agencies, manufacturing techniques, facilities and equipment, best practices and quality assurance. Students also learn about the variety of careers within the field of therapeutics manufacturing.

The course is the first of several online and blended learning courses TEEX Knowledge Engineering is developing for NCTM’s Entry Level Technician Certificate program. TEEX instructional designers involved in the project include Diane Cornwell, Kim Everett, Tricia Speed, Kristal Hyles and Vicki Park. Kathy Fraser and Steve Presnal provided video support and Vita Vaughn provided the acting talent.

“TEEX has a great working relationship with NCTM and is excited about the new courses currently under development and those slated for the future,” said Program Director Scott Terry. “The team did a great job with the Intro course, and the results of their efforts have quickly received widespread praise.”

About the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing

NCTM is a multi-disciplinary workforce education institution and biopharmaceutical manufacturing center. The NCTM’s workforce development mission is to provide current and next-generation education, training and outreach programs to produce a highly skilled workforce for the vital U.S. and global pharmaceutical industry. Find more information on the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing at http://nctm.tamu.edu. To take the online course, go to

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The course exceeded my expectations. I have been working in this field for quite some time and did not expect to learn so much. The information gained was very applicatble to my job duties.

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