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About the Clinical Trials Administration Program

UC San Diego Extension Clinical Trials Administration Five- Day Intensive course is the premier clinical research training program in its field. Curriculum is developed around the latest regulations that are updated daily and will expose you to today's key issues in clinical trials administration. The program is built on responsiveness to the changing demands of the new clinical trials economy, personal attention, and sound principles.

In this intensive program, students will gain the fundamental knowledge of the industry and learn how to best take advantage of employment opportunities based on their background and experience. Upon completion, participants will have the necessary skill set to advance within their career and take on more responsible roles within this thriving global industry.

  • Offers a foundation in professional principles upon which clinical trials are based
  • Provides opportunity to develop, practice, and apply skills most beneficial on-the-job
  • Builds skills to assume more responsible roles within the industry
  • Offers an opportunity to demonstrate working industry knowledge
  • Provides networking opportunities with instructors and peers

The curriculum is intended for

  • managers in training and others who want to refine or update skills
  • research associates and coordinators
  • biomedical and research scientists
  • nurses and allied health professionals
  • statisticians and database administrators
  • international clinical trials professionals
  • individuals with degrees in science, psychology or related areas who are entering the field
  • anyone interested in the dynamic clinical trials field.
Estimated Cost: $2,835

Duration: 12 months

Can be completed in less than one year

Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences


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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid

Clinical Trials Administration IntensiveFPM-40273

Units: 4.00


This five day intensive course provides a solid foundation in the principles upon which clinical trials are based. Topics include: drug development process, device development, GCPs (ICH and FDA), Cas...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Clinical Trials Administration ProgramFPM-40272

Units: 7.00


Prerequisite: Intensive Workshop, FPM 40273.How the Program Works While pursuing the Specialized Certificate in Clinical Trials Administration, you must successfully complete the following three sect...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

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Demand and Job Prospects

Certificate graduates fulfill educational minimums for different entry level positions (Clinical Trial Assistant, Clinical Research Coordinator, Data Entry Associate) in pharmaceutical and medical device companies (sponsors), Clinical Research Organizations (CROs), or clinical sites such as large hospitals and clinics.

U.S. Department of Labor projections show that these types of occupations are forecast to grow “much faster than average” through 2024. Depending on individual’s experience and highest level of education completed salaries can range between $16-33 per hour.

Conditions for Admission

Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program. Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.

Certificate Guidelines

Part 1: Clinical Trials Administration Intensive, FPM 40273, offered Spring, Summer, and Fall quarters. This is followed by:

Part 2: Follow-On Program, FPM 40272; package includes 3 online classes and the Capstone workshop (also available via distance learning for students residing out of region) for one fee of $1,245. Must Take FPM 40273 before FPM 40272.

Special Notes

Continuing Education hours awarded: 40 hours for the Clinical Trials Administration Intensive; an additional 70 hours for the "package" of three online courses and the Follow-On Workshop. Applicable to ACRP and SoCRA education hours requirements.

Military spouses are eligible to use My CAA $4000 scholarship. Apply at MyCAA.

Advisory Board

Jan Agee, BS, CCRA

Clinical Consultant

Barbra LaPlante, MA

Clinical Operations

Jenny Paredes, BA, MA, PhD

Country Lead and Clinical Operations Manager

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.