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Frequently Asked Questions: UGA Regulatory Affairs Certificate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

General Program Information

  1. What is BioPharma Regulatory Affairs?
  2. Is the Certificate in Regulatory Affairs offered by The UGA College of Pharmacy the same as the Regulatory Affairs Certification offered by RAPS?
  3. I am a working professional and do not have time to devote to a full-time program. What are my options to participate in these programs? Will I need to take time off from work to participate?
  4. Are these programs offered as full-time programs?
  5. I have an undergraduate degree in a non-healthcare or non-science area. Am I able to apply to the RA program?
  6. Is the RA program self-study or self-paced?
  7. Am I able to complete the RA in one semester? Are all Certificate Program courses offered each semester?
  8. Am I able to participate in the RA program if I live outside of Georgia?
  9. At the conclusion of this program, is there a job placement service?
  10. Does this program accept transfer credits from other accredited graduate institutions?
  11. Are the courses in the RA Certificate Program able to be applied to the MS in Regulatory Affairs degree program if I decide to apply?
  12. I am a current graduate student at UGA in another program. Will courses in this program count toward my other program of study?

Applying to the Program

  1. How do I apply for this program?
  2. Is there a required admissions test for the certificate program?
  3. What is the deadline for application materials?
  4. How do I contact the UGA Graduate School?

International Applicants

  1. Are international students able to apply for this program?
  2. What are the international student application deadlines?
  3. Does this department offer sponsorships for international students?
  4. Do I need to provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for the Certificate Program?

Registration, Fees and Payment

  1. May I take a single course without going through the application process?
  2. How can I find out when or what RA courses will be taught?
  3. How do I register for courses in the program?
  4. How much does the Regulatory Affairs Program cost? E-Rate?
  5. How do I pay for the courses that I take?
  6. When is the payment for my classes expected?
  7. Does the Regulatory Affairs Office offer financial aid?
  8. Dropping, Adding, Withdrawing and Refunds of fees questions, click here.

Distance Learning & Computer Technologies

  1. I am not certain I am cut out for distance learning. How might I assess my motivation and interest in this type of learning?
  2. How does an online course work?
  3. Do I have to purchase books and course materials separately?
  4. What is eLC? How does it work?

General Program Information

  1. What is BioPharma Regulatory Affairs?
    Regulatory Affairs professionals are employed in industry, government and academia and provide a range of services related to the regulation, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics, biologics, biotechnology, nutritional products, cosmetics, and veterinary products. UGA’s program focuses on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics, biologics, and veterinary product lines.
  2. Is the Certificate in Regulatory Affairs offered by UGA College of Pharmacy the same as the Regulatory Affairs Certification offered by RAPS?
    The Certificate Program offered by the University of Georgia is NOT the same as the Regulatory Affairs Certificate (RAC) offered by RAPS (The Regulatory Affairs Professional Society). Our Certificate program can assist you in your preparation for taking the RAC Exam, covering about 80% of the material on the RAC Exam.
  3. I am a working professional and I do not have the time to devote to a full-time program. What are my options to participate in these programs? Will I need to take off from work to participate?
    Our program is geared toward the working professional. Our program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis only. The primary mode of delivery is via the web (about 95%). However, a few face-to-face meetings (about 5%) are required. These face-to-face meetings are generally conducted on weekends at the UGA Gwinnett Campus. For out-of-state students, live meetings may be scheduled via teleconference or web conference.
  4. Is this program offered as full-time program?
    No. This certificate program is offered as part-time ONLY program.
  5. I have an undergraduate degree in a non-healthcare or non-science area. Am I able to apply to the RA program?
    RA professions are multi-disciplinary. RA professionals often come with diverse backgrounds. Generally, most have either a science or technical background. RA professionals are often required to understand scientific, engineering, or technical concepts. Yet, RA Professionals also need skills in communication, negotiation, project management, and financial management, to name just a few. If you are interested in our program but you do not possess the science or technical background, we encourage you to seek out volunteer opportunities (such as at your local blood bank); and, in your program application, provide a description of your interest in this profession emphasizing your existing skills (such as experience with Project Management)
  6. Is the RA Program self-study or self-paced?
    No. The RA program is not self-study, nor done at a self-paced format. This certificate program operates on a traditional academic calendar (the semester system) and traditional academic processes such as admissions criteria and processes; as well at course tests, quizzes, papers, with due dates, etc. Where these programs differ is in the mode of delivery. This program is offered via the web using a course management system called eLC. Furthermore, the program is geared to the adult learner and therefore set up to be taken on a part-time basis--generally, one to two classes at a time.
  7. Am I able to complete the RA Certificate Program in one semester? Are all Certificate Program courses offered each semester?
    No. Generally, one to three classes per semester are offered. Since the RA Certificate Program consists of four courses, you are not able to complete the program in one semester. It may take a minimum of two to three semesters.
  8. Am I able to participate in the RA Program if I live out-of-state?
    Yes. Courses are offered online using eLC, a web-based course management system. These programs can be completed via the web with some live sessions via teleconference or web conference.
  9. At the conclusion of this program, is there a job placement service?
    At present, the UGA Regulatory Affairs Office does not have a formal job placement service. Students however may take advantage of UGA's Career Center. For additional information on the Career Center, please visit: www.career.uga.edu.
  10. Does this program accept transfer credits from other accredited graduate institutions?
    No, the Regulatory Affairs Certificate Program is only 14 credit hours in length. As such, it does not accept transfer credits.
  11. Are the courses in the RA Certificate Program able to be applied to the MS in Regulatory Affairs degree program if I decide to apply?
    Yes, the credit hours earned in the RA or CT Certificate Programs can be applied to the Master’s. Like all graduate credit hours, however, there is a time limit on the credit hours you accumulate in the certificate program. All requirements for a master’s degree must be completed within six years beginning with the first registration for courses, including the Certificate Program courses, on the student’s program of study, grad.uga.edu/index.php/current-students/policies-procedures/academics/types-of-degrees-offered/masters-degrees/.
  12. I am a current graduate student at UGA in another program. Will courses in this program count toward my other program of study?
    Our office cannot say if our courses will count toward your other academic program. You should clear all course work with your academic advisor first. You should also be aware that if you are dually enrolled in our Masters Program, the use of credit hours used to satisfy the requirements of one degree cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of another degree program. For additional information on this Graduate School policy, please visit grad.uga.edu/index.php/current-students/policies-procedures/academics/use-of-credit/.

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Applying to the Programs

  1. How do I apply for this program?
    It is the applicant's responsibility to familiarize her/himself with the application criteria and to meet all noted deadlines. The details on the application process are found at ra.rx.uga.edu/program_info/reg_affairs_certificate/program_application.php.
  2. Is there a required admissions test for the certificate program, like the GRE (Graduate Records Examination)?
    No. For the certificate program, there is no admissions test required. The GRE is required only for consideration for admission into the MS program.
  3. What is the deadline for application materials?
    Our program will take applications on an on-going basis. However, to be admitted for a specific semester, your completed application must be turned in to our office and to the UGA Graduate School by the deadlines noted below. The Regulatory Affairs Office and UGA Graduate School are not responsible for delays caused by postal or courier services. Admissions decisions are made only on completed files.
    • Application Deadlines
      • Domestic Applicants: Fall Semester - June 1; Spring Semester - November 1
      • International Applicants: Fall Semester - April 15; Spring Semester - October 15
    • There are no new admissions for Summer Semester. • Department deadlines take precedence over the UGA Graduate School deadlines.
  4. How do I contact the UGA Graduate School?
    The URL for the UGA Graduate School is grad.uga.edu. The main phone number is 706-542-1739. For admission or application questions, you may email the Graduate School office at gradadm@uga.edu. For enrolled students, you may email the Graduate School at gradinfo@uga.edu.

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International Applicants

  1. Are international students able to apply to this program?
    Yes. We welcome international applicants. In addition to the academic department and UGA Graduate School admission materials, prospective international students are required to provide additional supplemental materials. Please review grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/international-application-information/.
  2. What are the international student application deadlines?
    Application Deadlines - Deadlines for international applicants are as follows: • Fall semester - April 15 • Spring semester - October 15
  3. Does this department offer sponsorships for international students?
    No. At this time, the Regulatory Affairs Office does not offer sponsorship (various visas or assistantships).
  4. Do I need to provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for the Certificate Programs?
    TOEFL scores are required for all programs if you received your last degree from an institution where English is not the primary language. Therefore, you will need to provide official copies of your TOEFL scores to the UGA Graduate School in order to be considered for admission. Official scores are those sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions by Educational Testing Service. The scores may not be more than two years old. The minimum scores are: 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). Information on the TOEFL and TSE can be found at the following sources: E-mail: TOEFL@ets.org; Web: www.TOEFL.org Phone: 1-800-468-6335

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Registration, Fees and Payment

  1. May I take a single course without going through the application process?
    No. In order to take a class in the RA Program, you must go through the application process.
  2. How can I find out when or what Regulatory Affairs courses will be taught?
    RA Certificate Students may refer the enrolled students page for a list of courses scheduled to be taught.
  3. How do I register for the courses in the program?
    Upon official admittance into the program, you will be notified through email of the specific directions for course registration. Students will then need to register for selected courses using the UGA ATHENA system at athena.uga.edu. This is an online registration system.
  4. What is the deadline to register in the RA Certificate Program courses?
    Students can register anytime up to the start of classes. Once classes have commenced, the student will have about two weeks to register and pay for classes. Late fees may be charged within those two weeks. Refer to the Registrar's Office for specific information.
  5. How much does the RA program cost?
    The E-rate system has just been approved replacing the in-state/out-of-state tuition schedule. Please refer to the Tuition page for additional details.

  6. How do I pay for the courses that I take?
    At the completion of the registration process through the UGA OASIS system, you will be prompted to identify your method of payment. Your options are to pay with a credit card or to pay by check which can be sent through the mail.
  7. When is the payment for my classes expected?
    Student Account Payment Deadlines are listed at the Bursar's Office website. The URL is: www.bursar.uga.edu/deadlines.html. Please review this site for information on when payment for classes is due.
  8. Does the Regulatory Affairs Program offer financial aid?
    No. The RA Office does not offer financial aid. Federal loans are available to those who qualify. All financial aid is handled through the UGA Office of Financial Aid. For information on general financial aid opportunities of which you may take advantage, please go to www.uga.edu/osfa/. For questions on financial aid, please direct those inquiries to the Financial Aid Office.
  9. Dropping, Adding, Withdrawing and Refunds of fees questions:
    Please refer to this URL for specific instructions, ra.rx.uga.edu/program_info/reg_affairs_certificate/policies.php.

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Distance Learning & Computer Technologies

  1. I am not certain I am cut out for distance learning. How might I assess my motivation and interest in this type of learning?
    To determine whether online learning may or may not be appropriate, students are advised to assess their readiness, goals, and learning preferences prior to beginning an online course. To help students make the right decision about enrolling in an online course, we highly encourage you to read What Make a Successful Online Student? at www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/StudentProfile.asp.
  2. How does an online course work?
    These 15-16 week courses (11 weeks for summer semester) are divided into "content modules" each lasting between 1 to 2 weeks. It is primarily asynchronous learning, i.e. you will not have to be online at a specific time or date. There will be times, however, when you must be online at a specific time and date. These synchronous learning opportunities will be announced to the class ahead of time. In addition, you will have weekly lectures, assignments, quizzes and other exercise, all of which are outlined in the course syllabus.
  3. Do I have to purchase books and course materials separately?
    Yes. All texts and course materials must be purchased separately. The students will be given specific instructions on purchasing materials prior to the start of class. It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she has these materials.
  4. What is eLC? How does it work?
    eLC (e-Learning Commons) is the course management system used to deliver course content. It is an intuitive program allowing those students with minimal computer experience to participate in on-line learning. For more information on eLC, please visit: elc.uga.edu. During the Program Orientation, the Regulatory Affairs office provides training and instructions on eLC to those students without experience.

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