Gain In-Depth Knowledge on Effective Drug Development
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In this four-course certificate program, we’ll investigate the foundational science behind drug development, and learn about the latest development and manufacturing techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll examine the fundamental molecular and cellular processes in organisms and the molecular structure-function relationship. We’ll study how major human organ systems work and the ways that different diseases affect them. We’ll also explore how the industry is structured and how a new drug is developed and brought to market.
Professionals who work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and related fields.
Students in the program should have bachelor's degrees from accredited institutions in a science discipline. Prior coursework in general chemistry, biochemistry, physics and calculus recommended. Applicants to the program with education or professional experience in health sciences, engineering, business or law will also be considered. Students may include those who are new to the industry as well as those who desire to further their scientific education to enable them to take on additional and/or new responsibilities and roles.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have advanced English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Because this certificate program is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
All class meetings are conducted in a live online webinar meeting room. Students must have reliable access to a computer (Mac or PC) with a recent operating system, current Web browser and a high-speed Internet connection, along with a phone (landline or cell). Some classes use Voice over Internet Protocol and require a headset with a built-in microphone.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. Students must receive a grade of at least 2.7 in each course. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
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.
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.
Molecular & Cellular Biology
General Pharmaceutics I
General Pharmaceutics II
Certificate in Basic Bioscience
Approved by the UW Department of Bioengineering.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Victor Fung, Executive Director of Product Development, Amgen
John Hill, Principal Scientist, Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism, Amgen
Shannon Kuyper, Assistant Director, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Doug Miller, Director of Process and Analytical Sciences, Amgen
Nancy Salt, Director of Research Operations, Amgen
David Shoultz, VP, Business Development, Biomedical Systems
Pat Stayton, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington
Mike Wittekind, Executive Director of Protein Sciences, Amgen
Linda Zuckerman, VP of Preclinical Development, ProFibrix
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking. It is not charged during summer quarter.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. You are expected to complete assignments by their due dates. Some online class sessions require real-time attendance and participation, while others are prerecorded and can be viewed at any time.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles that guide the design and implementation of different types of clinical trials.
Explore the key principles and latest approaches for discovering and developing pharmaceuticals that can have a major impact on health and medicine.
Acquire a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical development pipeline and get advanced training in drug design, molecular targeting, and cellular and physiological mechanisms.
Delve into the science and techniques behind drug development across all phases of translational pharmaceutics, including research, testing, application and product launch.