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  • Online Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Compliance

    Drexel University Kline School of Law’s online Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Regulatory Compliance is designed for those who need a comprehensive knowledge of the legal, regulatory, and ethical frameworks surrounding the field of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, marketing, and sales. The program combines a core curriculum of legal compliance, risk assessment, and data privacy with an in-depth study of how industry regulators (like the Food and Drug Administration) approach regulation around the research, development, sales, and marketing of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices.

    What is a Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs in Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals?

    The goal of a graduate certificate in regulatory affairs is to help you gain a working knowledge of the legal and compliance frameworks of a specific industry. This online program is designed to help you navigate the complex regulatory world of the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. The core courses of the five-course, 15-credit certificate cover compliance foundational skills such as auditing, investigation, and risk management. You can then choose three electives on topics such as Food and Drug Law, Information Privacy Law, or Legal Regulations of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing Practices.

    Online Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Compliance Program Features

    • Completely online format lets you learn when it’s convenient for you
    • Take classes on a full-time or part-time basis
    • Learn from the nationally recognized faculty at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law
    • Classes are highly interactive and allow you to engage (and network) with your professors and classmates
    • Utilize the Kline Graduate Programs Virtual Career Office which is dedicated to helping you reach your career goals via access to job postings, a virtual career classroom, and one-on-one coaching with faculty and alumni

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    What Jobs Can I Get With a Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Certificate?

    The Kline School of Law certificate program prepares you for roles throughout the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Common job titles within this field include:

    • Clinical Research Associate
    • Medical Device Auditor
    • Medical Device Sales Representative
    • Pharmaceutical Compliance Officer
    • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    • Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Officer
    • Regulatory Compliance Officer

    What Are the Salary Expectations for Jobs in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

    Salary expectations for roles within the pharmaceutical and medical device industry vary based on exact titles, locations, etc. However, here are some common salaries and job titles to give you an idea of what to expect:


    2018 Median Salary*

    Clinical Research Coordinator


    Compliance Officer


    Medical Device Sales Representative


    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative


    Regulatory Affairs Manager


    Regulatory Affairs Specialist


    *Data from O*Net

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    Required Courses  
    LSTU 501S Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation, & Reporting 3.0
    LSTU 507S Risk Assessment and Management 3.0
    Select three of the following: 9.0
    LAW 770S European Union Data Privacy and Protection  
    LAW 785S Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Research and Development  
    LAW 787S Legal Regulation of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales and Marketing Practices  
    LAW 792S Food and Drug Law  
    LSTU 506S Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations  
    LSTU 515S Information Privacy Law  
    LSTU 517S The Law and Strategies Surrounding Cybersecurity  
    LSTU 539S Compliance Communications  
    Total Credits 15.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is $1275 per credit.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • Spring 2020 new partners, alumni, or military students only: A special 20% tuition savings for students that enroll in two classes during their first term of enrollment and stay enrolled in two classes per term throughout the length of the program (otherwise standard tuition savings applies). Must maintain continuous enrollment in the program during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students will initially see a 10-15% tuition savings on their bill. An additional savings to bring the total to 20% will be credited after the close of the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester.
        • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
        • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
        • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
        • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
        • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
        • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2021-2022 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2021

    August 23, 2021

    December 17, 2021

    Spring 2022

    January 10, 2022

    May 6, 2022

    Summer 2022

    May 23, 2022

    August 7, 2022

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