Analytical Laboratory and Quality Systems

Program Competencies for ALQC

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Communicate technical information in written and oral form, including use of electronic media.
  • Comfortably work with a variety of measurement systems and associated units of measure (e.g. SI Units, concentration, physical constants, etc.).
  • Describe and use various measurement methods and define and distinguish between various measurement characteristics, including variability, sensitivity, repeatability, reproducibility, bias, linearity, stability, etc., as they are used for basic measurements.
  • Perform, identify and define common elements of calibration procedures, such as required equipment, revisions, equipment listing, environmental considerations and restraints, etc.
  • Understand, identify and correct for error sources that can affect measurement results, including drift, bias, operator error, environment, etc.
  • Identify various aspects of traceability and define and distinguish between various types of standards, and identify when to use them in various situations.
  • Define and describe document control in terms of maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of various calibration records, including audit results, staff training, uncertainty budgets, customer data, etc., in both electronic and paper formats.
  • Define and distinguish between various components of a quality system, including management and customer focus, employee training and development, continuous process improvement, etc.
  • Select and apply the seven basic quality tools: flowcharts/process maps, check sheets, Pareto diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, scatter diagrams, control charts, and histograms.
  • Be able to articulate, read and follow a SOP (standard operating procedure).
  • Define basic audit types (e.g., internal, external, product, process) and roles (e.g., auditor, auditee, client), and identify basic components of an audit (e.g., audit plan, audit purpose, audit standard) and describe various auditing tools (e.g., checklist, final report).
  • Be able to understand and apply the regulatory requirements of cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) and ISO-13485 certification.

Technical Standards for ALQC

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at a college level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Differentiate by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on laboratory instrumentation.
  • Respond promptly to spoken words, monitor signals, and instrument alarms.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Manipulate small parts, and make fine hand adjustments to machines and test equipment.
  • Lift 40 pounds.
  • Operate a computer.

New: Analytical Laboratory and Quality Systems Certificate (ALQC) 1

The Analytical Laboratory and Quality Systems Certificate will prepare students to gain entry level positions as laboratory and quality technicians for organizations requiring measurements and documentation of quality attributes following standardized and/or regulated procedures.  Example positions include Quality Inspectors, Calibration Technicians, Quality Control Analysts, Document Control Technicians and Manufacturing Production Technicians.

Year 1
CHE 107General Chemistry I 4
BTC 102Basic Laboratory Techniques 3
MAT 143Statistics 4
AQS 110Introduction to Quality and Metrology 4
BTC 191Quality and Compliance 3
CHE 180Instrumental Analysis 4
Professional Elective  3-4
Professional Elective  3
 Total Credits: 28-29

Professional Electives

BTC 185Industrial Microbiology4
BUS 125Communication For Business And Industry3
CAD 101Introduction To Cad3
CHE 108General Chemistry II4
CIS 121Spreadsheet Applications3
PLT 220Statistical Process Control3
ENG 106Technical Writing3
MET 105Blueprint Reading3


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AQS 110. Introduction to Quality and Metrology. 4 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the concepts used in STEM disciplines and manufacturing processes to ensure defined procedures are used to deliver results or materials of known and sufficient quality. Prerequisites: ENG 098, RDG 098, FYE 101; MAT143 (or corequisite).