The undergraduate Certificate in Drug Delivery requires a minimum of 18 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.50 in required course work for the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. completed for a major, minor, or another certificate toward the Certificate in Drug Delivery.

The certificate program offers students the opportunity to become knowledgeable about techniques used to provide and administer drugs to humans and to animals. Students learn about the selection of materials for use in drug products; characteristics of delivery systems used for injectable, oral, and topical drugs; targeting strategies to limit side effects; design strategies to match drugs with biologics; product quality standards and testing; and the role of drug development in the regulatory approval process. They will be prepared for opportunities in the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries; health sciences professions; regulatory agencies; or for advanced graduate or professional education.

Some of these courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for a course. Prerequisite course work does not count toward certificate requirements.

The Certificate in Drug Delivery requires the following course work.

One of these:
PHAR:1100Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences: Drug Development2
PHAR:1111Need a New Drug?1
All of these:
PHAR:4146Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics2
PHAR:4736Properties of Dosage Forms I3
PHAR:4737Properties of Dosage Forms II3
PHAR:4740Materials in Drug and Gene Delivery3
PHAR:4745Drug Delivery I3
PHAR:4800Chemical and Biophysical Properties of Drugs1
One of these:
Pharmaceutical chemical analysis course (consult advisor)4
Bioanalytical techniques course (consult advisor)2

Admission

Applicants must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, and earn a minimum grade of B-minus in all prerequisite course work. Those who do not meet the admission requirements should contact the associate dean for undergraduate education to discuss admission to the certificate program.

Students must submit an enrollment questionnaire to the College of Pharmacy's Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) to request admission to the certificate program.