SAS Programming Certificate for the Pharmaceutical Industry


  • East Falls Campus
  • Continuing & Professional Studies

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Type

  • Online
  • On Campus - Continuing Education

This state-of-the-art certification is intended for professionals interested in employment in the dynamic field of clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Application Information

Applications for the Fall 2021 SAS Programming Certificate for the Pharmaceutical Industry will be accepted beginning on April 1, 2021.  Please be mindful that should University COVID-19 restrictions change, necessary changes to the program may occur.  This site will be updated if additional information becomes available.  

Classroom Training

In class instruction will occur during the first eight weeks of the program and will be provided by SAS Institute Inc., professionals from the pharmaceutical industry and experienced programmers. Participants will complete the five SAS Institute courses listed below.

  • SAS® Fundamentals
  • SAS® Report Writing and ODS
  • SAS® Programming
  • SAS® Macro Language
  • SAS® SQL Processing

Additional topics include an overview of the pharmaceutical industry, data issues, study design, data analysis and biostatistics. Participants must pass a final exam in order to receive certification.

Independent Programming Project

This hands-on project will be directed by experienced SAS programmers and must be completed in order to receive certification. Program participants will have four weeks to complete their project. During this time, they will be working with data modeled after real clinical databases to produce tables and listings for a small safety study.


Participants may be given the opportunity to interview, on a competitive basis, with pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area for employment opportunities. Employment is not guaranteed.

Start Date & Deadlines

  • Application Open Date: April 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
  • Program Start Date: September 2021
  • Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday through Friday

Admission Criteria

To be admitted to earn your SAS Programming Certificate for the Pharmaceutical Industry, you must submit all application materials and meet the critera below:

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree
  • PC experience
  • Programming skills in languages such as C or C++
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A background in statistics is beneficial, but not required

Additionally, non U.S. citizens must submit a copy of their valid Green Card.


Comprehensive tuition for the SAS Program for the Pharmaceutical Industry is $16,000.  This is a non-credit program and is not financial aid eligible.  


The SAS Programming Certificate will be offered at Jefferson - Bucks County Campus. For more information, please contact us.