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Certificate in Basic Bioscience

Gain In-Depth Knowledge on Effective Drug Development

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $13,824

Next start date:

September 2022

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About this Program


In this four-course certificate program, we’ll investigate the foundational science behind drug development and learn about biopharma's latest advancements and manufacturing techniques. You’ll examine organisms’ fundamental molecular and cellular processes. We'll study the pathological disease processes that alter physiology — and often the anatomy — of body structures. 

We'll also explore how the industry is structured and how a new drug is developed, tested and brought to market. And we’ll discuss medical device development, noting how the two processes differ. 

Designed for

Professionals who work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and related fields, along with those looking to enter the industry.

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What you'll learn

  • The molecular and cellular processes that occur in living organisms, including DNA replication, gene expression and regulation, protein biochemistry and signal transduction 
  • The mechanisms by which selected pharmaceuticals treat or cure diseases
  • The key factors involved in the transformation of small molecules, proteins and genes into therapeutic products
  • The routes for advancing drug product candidates from lab bench and selection through clinical trials and market launch
  • The possible paths for device development, testing and approval 

Earn Credit Toward Your Master’s Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering. To use these credits, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course of the certificate program. 

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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