Understand How Drugs Are Developed, Tested and Evaluated
Next start date
September 27, 2017
Biotechnology and pharmaceutical research continues to generate important medical breakthroughs that improve the health and quality of life of millions of people. The process for developing new drugs plays an essential role in these successful outcomes.
In this four-course certificate program, we’ll explore the key principles and latest approaches for discovering and developing pharmaceuticals. You’ll investigate techniques used to identify, select and validate molecular and biological drug targets. We’ll examine different classes of drug compounds as well as their mechanisms of action and physical properties. You’ll also learn how the dynamic fields of systems biology and bioinformatics impact drug discovery research.
Professionals who work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and related fields.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in a scientific, technical, clinical or medically related field, although all applicants will be considered.
Students must have completed the courses in the Certificate in Basic Bioscience or be able to demonstrate equivalent background in molecular and cellular biology, basic statistics and basic knowledge of all stages of pharmaceutical development.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Because this offering 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. 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. For more information, see Completing Your 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.
Drug Discovery & Design
Molecular Targets & Drug Classes
Certificate in Drug Discovery & Design
Approved by the Department of Bioengineering.
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
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.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Courses are streamed online in real time. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time.
This program requires class attendance both online and in person. Half of the class meetings are conducted online. Using Adobe Connect Web conferencing software, you attend class sessions in real time and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat or phone. Course sessions will also be recorded and will be available for you to review, but you must attend at least 80 percent of the class sessions in real time.
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.
Adjunct Professor of Cell Biology and Microbiology at Shoreline Community College, Ph.D., University of Washington
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Investigate the foundational science behind drug development, and learn about the latest development and manufacturing techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry.
Delve into the science and techniques behind drug development across all phases of translational pharmaceutics, including research, testing, application and product launch.
Acquire a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical development pipeline and get advanced training in drug design, molecular targeting, and cellular and physiological mechanisms.