Bridge the Gap Between the Lab and the Clinic
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In this four-course certificate program, we’ll immerse ourselves in the science and techniques behind drug development across all phases of translational pharmaceutics. You’ll study the principles of pharmacokinetics used to test the effectiveness of a drug in laboratory settings, and learn about navigating the steps from Investigational New Drug (IND) application to product launch. We’ll also investigate how to optimize drug formulation, scale up manufacturing processes and produce biologics and designer drugs. Gain a thorough knowledge of the stages involved in taking a pharmaceutical agent through the complex development process.
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 basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll in this program, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
Half the 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 (Internet Explorer or Firefox), 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. Some courses require a wireless-enabled laptop to complete in-class assignments and online exams.
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.
Formulation & Delivery
Certificate in Translational Pharmaceutics
Approved by the UW Department of Bioengineering.
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
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.
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.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Director of Sales, North America West, at Rentschler Biotechnologie, M.S., Technical University of Denmark
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Scientist at Nexgenia, Ph.D., Boston University
Investigate the foundational science behind drug development, and learn about the latest development and manufacturing techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry.
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.
Develop skills to advance in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries with training in drug design, molecular targeting, and cellular and physiological mechanisms.