Program Overview

This certificate program was developed for persons working in the drug composition and purity field. Through the courses, students gain a solid foundation of the analytical and physical chemistry that is needed to understand purity and composition issues in pharmaceutical substances. Students will “gain an understanding of the applicability of technical knowledge in analytical principles as related to pharmaceutical science,” according to the program’s webpage.

The CAPPS program consists of 12 credits of study. Students can choose to either take their classes for credit or for professional development through the Professional Continuing Education (PCE) track. In the PCE track, students gain neither graduate level credits nor a transcript from the university, nor do they need to turn in coursework for assessment. They will, however, receive a certificate of completion once they have completed their courses.

Students who go through the program for credit must first be accepted into Lehigh University, will receive credits on a Lehigh transcript in addition to their certificate, and may, if they so choose, transfer into the university’s Masters in Chemistry graduate program upon CAPPS completion.

Courses are available completely online and cover a variety of analytical and biochemistry topics. Students are encouraged to have a Bachelors of Science degree in either chemistry or biochemistry or to have taken extensive college-level general chemistry, organic chemistry, and other chemistry related courses. Lehigh University provides students in this certificate program with all of the tools they will need to complete their coursework.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Applicants should possess a BS or BA in chemistry or biochemistry; or a minimum of 2 semesters of general chemistry with associated labs, 2 semesters of organic chemistry with associated labs, and at least two upper level chemistry courses.

    School Overview

    Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by industrialist Asa Packer as a technical school for boys focusing on mathematics and science. Today, the co-educational, private not-for-profit University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on over 2,300 acres. Lehigh University confers degrees through four colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business and Economics
    • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
    • College of Education

    Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Lehigh University has offered distance learning for select graduate programs and certificates. These online graduate-level programs give educational options to working professionals and meet the same standards as on-campus programs.


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