Learn the fundamentals of Medical Writing and Editing and build specific skills based competencies
The demand for medical writing professionals is growing significantly. So, too is the supply of individuals with advanced biomedical and life science degrees looking for careers outside academia. The UCSD Extension program is designed to provide graduates with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work as a medical writer in the commercial sector, government agencies and/or academia. The certificate program will equip scientists and others with a strong biomedical and/or life sciences background to write specifically for scientific audiences and build the foundational skills necessary as a proficient medical communicator.
The program is not designed for those intending to communicate scientific information to lay audiences, e.g., science journalism, marketing communications or patient communications. This program is designed to equip scientists and others with a strong biomedical and/or life sciences background to write for scientific audiences in peer-reviewed journals, regulatory documents, medical education materials and/or research grant proposals.
Developing professionals currently working in the healthcare ecosystem who want to boost their current career or transition into a Medial Writing role. Accepted applicants will have graduate degrees in biomedical or life sciences, such as biology, chemistry, pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, medicine or public health. Postdocs and those with PhDs are particularly competitive for medical writing positions in the commercial sector and academic settings.
Before You Enroll
Upon acceptance into the Medical Writing Certificate Program, you must complete the prerequisite courses listed below before enrolling in the first course Introduction to Medical Writing. If you would like to request a waiver of completion for these prerequisite courses, please send your transcripts, CV, and/or resume to Robert Houghtaling at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.
In order to receive your certificate, you must complete all of the required coursework with a B-/80% or higher.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Step Experience course. These specially designed classes allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects. In the Capstone course, studnets will apply all previously learned concepts to weork through one or more projects in one of the four pre-identified Medical Writing areas.
The purpose of the Capstone is to:
To be eligible to take this course, you must have completed all of the other courses in the Medical Writing program with a B-/80% or higher. You must select from one of the four areas of specialization to fulfill this final required component of the certificate.
Capstone: Journal Article and Publication Development (FPM-40630)
Capstone: Medical Education Materials (FPM-40627)
Capstone: Regulatory Writing (FPM-40628)
Capstone: Scientific Grants (FPM-40629)
All students must either take the following two courses or have taken appropriate equivalents within the past five years, earning a grade of B- or better:
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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Successful applicants must have relevant educational background, and native-level fluency in English
with the demonstrated ability to write clear, logical, and grammatically correct sentences as evidenced by the application, official transcripts and writing samples. Accepted applicants will have degrees in biomedical or life sciences, such as biology, chemistry, pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, or public health. It is anticipated that many will have advanced degrees, including PhDs. Candidates with PhDs are particularly competitive for medical writing positions in the commercial sector and academic settings.
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