School of Continuing and Professional Studies

SAS Programming Certificate for the Pharmaceutical Industry

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


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, meaning that completed applications are acted on as they are received. To be admitted to the September 2018 SAS Programming Certificate, all parts of the SAS Application must be received by June 15, 2018. Please submit apllications and supporting material electronically using the SAS Application link, or submit via email to

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 and Deadlines

September 2018
Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday through Friday
Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

Admission Criteria

To be admitted to earn your SAS Programming Certificate for the Pharmaceutical Industry, you must submit all application materials and meet the criteria 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 Programming Certificate for 2018 is $12,950.

This is payable in three installments:

  • $4,950 due upon acceptance into the program
  • $4,000 due by September 28
  • $4,000 due by October 26


The SAS Programming Certificate will be offered at Philadelphia University's Bucks County campus.

For more information, please contact us.