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Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial aid available?
Certificate students and non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid but may be eligible for private loans. Please contact our Financial Aid Coordinator about possible private student loan eligibility.
Are students only accepted in the fall semester?
Students are accepted in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Courses are offered year-round as well.
Are there live class meetings?
No. All courses are asynchronous and can be completed at students’ convenience, though there are deadlines to ensure course completion in the semester.
Do these courses require any travel to the University of Florida?
No. All courses are offered entirely online with no campus visit required.
Who should I contact regarding technical assistance during a course?
On the left-hand menu of the e-Learning login page ( there are links to tutorials to get you familiar with the Canvas course management system which houses all the content for our online courses. If you need technical assistance during the course, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk. You will need your Gator Link ID. You can access the UF Help Desk when you log into the e-learning website. You can reach them seven days a week (hours vary and they are closed on holidays).
How are accommodations for students with disabilities handled?
If you are a student with a disability and would like to request disability-related accommodations, please contact the instructor and the Disability Resource Center as soon as possible. The Disability Resource Center is located in 001 Building 0020 (Reid Hall). Their phone number is 352-392-8565, (711 TTY/FRS). For more information, see the Disability Resource Center website at The Disability Resource Center will begin the process to assist you.
What email address should I use for course communication?
All course communication is done through your UF webmail account, powered by Office 365.
  • To check your UF webmail account, go to and use your GatorLink Username and Password to log on.
  • Please make sure you are checking your email regularly for course updates and messages.
  • You can find more information about UF webmail powered by Office 365 at the following website:
How do I log into the courses?
After you complete the application and course registration process, you can access online courses by logging into UF’s e-Learning website at any time. Go to and select “e-Learning Login” to enter your Gatorlink username and password. You will not be able to access your course until the start date listed in the course registration materials. Some course content will not be immediately available to you. Instructors may open and close access to lessons according to the schedule posted in the course syllabus.
How does this program differ from the master's degree and Ph.D. programs offered by the same department?
The department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Florida offers multiple educational programs. The master’s degree and Ph.D. programs are focused primarily on lab-based scientific research. While these students take a number of didactic courses, students spend most of their time in the lab. These programs are intended to be full-time commitments and are generally for students seeking careers in research only. The Graduate Certificate in Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is completed entirely remotely. While students will explore current scientific research as part of the curriculum, and they are welcome to seek laboratory experience outside of the program, they will not be conducting research as part of the program. The certificate will introduce students to a number of areas of medical pharmacology from both the research and clinical perspectives. This makes it useful for students either looking to expand their pharmacology knowledge or to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. Individuals in both the clinical and research fields will find this program beneficial.
How does this program differ from other graduate certificate programs offered by the University of Florida?
The University of Florida offers a number of graduate certificates, and it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between them. The programs that may seem the most similar to the Graduate Certificate in Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics are the certificates offered in Medical Physiology and Medical Human Anatomy, also in the College of Medicine, and the certificate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the College of Pharmacy. Curriculum for the Medical Human Anatomy and Medical Physiology certificates focus on the normal form and function of the human body, respectively. They are in-depth continuations of the anatomy and physiology courses that you may have taken as an undergraduate. The certificate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry focuses on a specific area of chemistry known as pharmaceutical chemistry. The content in this program is more closely aligned with that in an organic chemistry course and is largely intended for those seeking careers in drug design and manufacturing. The Graduate Certificate in Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is unique, not only at UF, but nationwide, in that it touches on all bases of pharmacology, including drug design, research and clinical use. While it is assumed that all students will have a basic scientific background, specific physiological and anatomical concepts are introduced in lectures prior to discussing how we can use drugs to modulate those systems and treat disease. It is designed to give students a holistic understanding of the roles drugs play in medicine and in our everyday lives.
What resources are available to me as an online student at the University of Florida?
Our online students have access to many of the same resources that are available to students who attend on campus. These include: