Are you interested in a career related to the pharmaceutical sciences? The Drug Delivery Certificate program offers students the opportunity to learn about techniques used to provide and administer drugs to humans and animals. 

Students in this certificate program will gain:

  • A basic understanding of key steps required for the successful development of a drug product
  • A foundational understanding of pharmaceutical material properties, mechanisms of pharmaceutical delivery, and drug action and disposition
  • An integrative understanding of the relationship between a pharmaceutical product's design, its manufacture, and its clinical success.

Why Study at Iowa

Iowa's College of Pharmacy maintains a strong position as a leader in pharmacy research at the university, state, national, and international levels.

The college's research facilities include the University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP), the largest and most experienced university-affiliated, FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the United States. This lab produces both sterile and non-sterile dosage forms and has been developing formulations, manufacturing products, and conducting analytical testing for almost 45 years. UIP can support the manufacturing and testing of both clinical and commercial products.  

Researchers in the college continually explore and expand their knowledge in the development of new drugs and drug delivery systems, the clarification of the mechanisms of drug action, the optimization of safe and effective drug therapy, and the redefinition of the role of pharmacy and drug therapy in the rapidly changing health care system. 

Course Work

This program requires at least 18 semester hours of credit. 

The curriculum builds upon a solid basic science foundation to extend students' knowledge about techniques used in drug delivery, including:

  • Selection of materials for use in drug products
  • Characteristics of delivery systems used for injectable, oral, and topical drug administration
  • Targeting strategies to limit unwanted side effects
  • Design strategies to match drug products with biological requirements
  • The role of drug development in the regulatory approval process used in the United States

Review Drug Delivery, Certificate in the UI General Catalog for details on required course work. Some courses may have prerequisites that must be completed before registering. 

See Undergraduate Certificate in Drug Delivery on the College of Pharmacy website to learn about prerequisite courses needed for this certificate. 

Admission Requirements

Any University of Iowa student who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program may earn this certificate. 

Students must submit an Enrollment Questionnaire to the College of Pharmacy's Office of Undergraduate Education to request admission to the certificate program. 

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

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Student Opportunities

In addition to having nearly 600 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Study Abroad Programs and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.


Students who complete this certificate program will be well prepared for opportunities in the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries, health science professions, regulatory agencies, or for advanced graduate or professional education.

Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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