Graduate Certificate in Preclinical Drug Development

USC School of Pharmacy

The Certificate in Preclinical Drug Development is designed to provide advanced training for individuals interested in preclinical aspects of translational medicine and associated research.

It prepares individuals for roles in preclinical and clinical affairs and early stage production. Students must complete at least 12 units of coursework including an introductory course, in translational medicine; two courses in drug discovery and development; and one course in a specialized aspect of development germane to translational science.

This accredited offering is designed to develop specialists for the high-demand field of medical product development. The program is structured especially for working professionals who wish to take one or two courses per term in convenient weekend or distance formats.

Students and alums of the Certificate program have access to all of the department’s career tools including professional development workshops, recruitment and career events. Our students and alums are in high demand by employers, and we distribute job postings from these recruiters regularly.

Students are expected to enroll each semester until the program is completed. Courses can be taken on site, by distance or as a blended combination. Students will confirm their specific coursework plan in consultation with their graduate advisors before beginning the program.

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