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Graduate Certificate

What Is This Program?

The online Graduate Certificate in Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics program imparts the fundamental principles of pharmacology, including drug discovery, development and clinical use, to post-baccalaureate students and STEM professionals.

Not only does this program offer an excellent pathway for you to expand your knowledge in medical pharmacology, it also gives your resume a boost with a respected graduate credential you can earn in as little as one semester. This online program offers year-round start dates, whether you’re ready to begin earning your graduate certificate in the spring, summer or fall.

Who Is This Program For?

Pharmacology is ubiquitous across all of healthcare, which makes this online program beneficial for virtually anyone in the clinical and research fields, especially professionals and recent graduates looking to bolster their resumes. Individuals interested in being at the forefront of pharmacy or medicine will be able to take full advantage of our program’s benefits.

What Are the Learning Outcomes?

Offered through the College of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, this graduate program provides a practical way to expand your medical pharmacology knowledge. In as little as one semester, you’ll understand:  

  • The diversity of small molecule drugs and medications.  
  • Processes through which these substances produce their effects.  
  • Pharmacological principles relevant to clinical and basic science.  

How Is This Program Presented?

Our graduate program is entirely online and asynchronous, allowing you to complete coursework at your convenience. Through Canvas, our learning management system, you’ll be able to access course content, monitor your progress and engage with classmates and instructors.  

Course content is structured into subtopics featuring lectures and accompanying problem sets. Problem sets are open-book, take-home assignments designed to help students master the course material. Each course also requires the completion of original papers based on students’ exploration of existing scientific research. 

Recorded lectures last between 20 and 30 minutes. On average, each problem set will take one hour to complete, while each paper will take five hours to complete. Esteemed faculty members are responsible for preparing and delivering lectures and other learning activities. 

What Is Required to Complete This Program?

Students will be required to successfully complete the required course Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (1 credit hour) and four elective courses of their choosing (8 credit hours), for a total of 9 credit hours. All courses have similar formats and are offered online in the fall, spring and summer C semesters. 

Required Courses

All students must take the following course:

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
GMS 6551 Fundamentals of Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics* 1 X X X
*It is recommended that students take GMS 6551 during their first semester.

Elective Courses

Students must complete four of the following courses for a total of 8 elective credits:

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
GMS 6520 Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics I: The Nervous System 2 X X X
GMS 6530 Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics II: Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Systems 2 X X X
GMS 6531 Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics III: Endocrine, Musculoskeletal, GI and Integumentary Systems 2 X X X
GMS 6540 Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics IV: Cancer, Antimicrobial and Antiparasitic Agents 2 X X X
GMS 6510 Pharmacology of Cannabis, Tobacco and Vaping 2 X X X

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