SAS Certification for the Pharmaceutical Industry

An innovative and intensive program to prepare professionals for challenging, rewarding employment in pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations.

Philadelphia University and SAS Institute Inc. are collaborating to provide state-of-the-art training for professionals interested in employment in the dynamic field of clinical research.

This three-month, non-credit program, offered yearly, is designed for recent college graduates, professionals working in related fields, and career changers. Participants complete three distinct units -- classroom training, an independent project, and the opportunity to interview on a competitive basis for contract and permanent positions in the industry, however, job placement is not guaranteed.   

Program participants can expect to qualify for in-demand positions as SAS programmers in pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations.


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 are expected to pass a final exam in order to receive certification.


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 real clinical data to produce tables and listings for a small safety study.


Participants will 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.   We have reached 100% job placement by March 1st following completion of the program for the past two years. 


Participants who have successfully completed the program will receive a Certificate of Completion, in addition to the SAS certificates for each of the five SAS Institute courses. Students may not enroll in individual courses.


September 14, 2015 - December 18, 2015
Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday through Friday
Application Deadline:  June 19, 2015


Participants must submit an application for the SAS Programming Certificate program and be interviewed prior to acceptance into the program. Enrollment is limited, and admission to the program is competitive. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree, PC experience, programming skills in languages such as C or C++, and 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. Applicants should submit all admissions materials to the Director of Professional Education in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Philadelphia University at the address below.  Email submission of application material can be sent to


1.  Submit a 2015 application

2.  A personal statement that answers the following questions: Why did you chose Philadelphia University to continue your education? What are your expectations of the SAS Certificate Program?  What are your goals upon completion of the program?

3.  Your professional resume 

4.  An official transcript from the institution from which you earned your highest degree.


Comprehensive tuition for the SAS Programming Certificate for 2015 is $11,500. Payable in three installments.  $4000 due upon acceptance into the program, $4000 due on September 30, $3500 due October 30, 2015.


The SAS Programming Certificate will be offered at Philadelphia University's Bucks County campus, located in the Bucks County Technology Park, 4800 E. Street Road, Trevose, PA 19053. The campus is convenient to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1.


Maryellen Woltman
Director of Professional Education
Philadelphia University
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Telephone: 215.951.2706
Fax: 215.951.5300


Please call or email Philadelphia University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies: Phone- 215.951.2900 or email-


To register for this course, please
contact: The Office of Continuing &
Professional Studies. Registration can
be taken via phone at 215.951.2900
or fax at 215.951.5300. Payment in
full with a credit card is due at time of
registration. Once registered, students
will receive a receipt of payment
and additional course materials
approximately two weeks prior to the
start date. Refunds will not be granted
unless requested at least five business
days prior to the course start date.