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ADMET Process

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About the ADMET Process Program

During this trying time brought on by COVID-19, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. All courses within this certificate program are offered entirely in an online asynchronous format. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor.

The ADMET processes – Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion, and Toxicology – form one of the foundations of all modern drug discovery and development. It has been reported that 50% of drug failures in development and clinical trials are due to poor ADMET properties. In order to minimize these costly failures, drug discovery and development has shifted to examining and optimizing these properties as early as possible. Virtually every organization that develops pharmaceutical solutions to health or agricultural concerns require scientific and regulatory professionals who possess a complete understanding of the elements of ADMET.

The specialized certificate in ADMET Processes trains scientific professionals how to incorporate ADMET concepts into their research and development projects by teaching practical application of AMET principles and present case studies that provide successful solutions to the R&D challenge.

  • All courses can be taken online
  • Practical hands-on training
  • Taught by leading industry practitioners
  • Immediately applicable skills
  • Study design concepts for the determination of pharmacokinetic parameters
  • Predict human pharmacokinetics using animal pharmacokinetics and in vitro data.
  • Strengths and risks associated with a molecule based on its pharmacokinetic profile
  • Enzymes and mechanisms of drug metabolism
  • Use in vitro assays to predict drug-drug interactions
  • Principles of toxicology in drug discovery and clinical testing
  • The role of drug metabolites in drug discovery
Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $2,715

not including textbook costs

Duration: 9-12 months

varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

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Required Courses

All 4 courses are required.

Drug MetabolismBIOL-40170

Units: 3.00


Approximately one out of every 1,000 compounds identified in preclinical studies is eventually found suitable for human use. This creates a need to shorten the time and cost to increase the "hit" rate...

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Units: 3.00


Get an overview of the application of pharmacokinetic concepts to all stages of drug development. The focus will be on the practical application of pharmacokinetic principles in the design and conduct...

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Winter, Summer


Units: 3.00


Gain a basic understanding of the introductory concepts and use of toxicology in drug discovery and development. The basic principles of toxicology will be presented as they relate to the assessment o...

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Fall, Spring

Predicting & Selecting Promising Drug CompoundsBIOL-40219

Units: 2.00


Learn the process and considerations in predicting and selecting the most promising alternative among various candidate drug compounds. In a very practical way, this course applies the principles tau...

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Winter, Summer

Conditions for Admission

The primary audience for the program is practicing professionals with a science degree, currently working in the pharmaceutical field. Professionals with legal, business or clinical backgrounds, or science professionals considering entering the pharmaceutical field, may also be attracted to the program.

Complete the application and pay application fee.

Advisory Board

Gordon Alton, PhD

Principal Scientist, Biochemistry

Pfizer Global R&D

Haig Bozigian, PhD

Vice President, Preclinical Development


John Cashman, PhD


Human BioMolecular Research Institute

Grace Furman, PhD

Senior Director, Regulatory Safety Assessment

Pfizer Global R&D

Michael Griffith, PhD

Former Director

High Throughput Syn. & Analytical Chem., Trega Biosciences

Peter Grootenhuis, PhD

Head of Chemistry and Project Leader

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Karen Nared-Hood, PhD


Pfizer Global R&D

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There is no fee when applying to this program. Students will be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance.