Clinical trials require careful planning and cooperation among a variety of professionals within the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry, clinical practice, and government or industry agencies. Professionals need both specialized expertise and universal familiarity with a variety of procedures.
The Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate is intended to help professionals become acquainted with the entire clinical trials process in an accelerated approach.
With a certificate in Clinical Trials Design & Management the student will
Gain an overview of the entire clinical trials process helping to illustrate the varying career paths within the industry.
Develop substantive knowledge about coordinating and managing the clinical trial.
Be a part of a top-rated training program developed by leaders in the biotechnology/biomedical research industry.
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
those interested in the dynamic clinical trials field.
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.
All courses offered have been approved to fulfill educational requirements for the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and Clinical Research Associate (CRA) credentials through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Visit ACRP at www.acrpnet.org.
# of courses: a minimum of 10 to meet unit requirements
Total units: 23.5
Estimated cost: Total cost is usually between $3,900 and $4,400, including textbooks, depending on the choice of courses.
Time to Complete: Can be completed in as little as six months, although most students prefer to take one year, or even two.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
Grounds participants in professional principles upon which clinical trials are based
Provides opportunity to develop, practice, and apply skills most beneficial on the job
Builds confidence to assume more responsible roles within the industry
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.
Advanced Nuts and Bolts Monitoring of Clinical Trials is a hands-on interactive live course that demystifies advanced site management and monitoring of clinical trials. Learn various data collection methods (e.g., remote data entry, facsimile, or de-coupled case report forms) including data queries and cleaning. Students will learn how to deal with difficult sites, problem solve, work with multiple priorities & projects, and identify & work with serious safety issues. Detecting fraudulent data is a strong focus, along with communication and time management exercises. Enroll in this course after completing all required courses plus 12 elective units, and be ready to start your career in clinical research.
Please review the prerequisite information above for specific details.
The three required courses have no substitutes, and cannot be waived. "The Drug Development Process" must be taken first, after any prerequisites and before any electives. The 14 elective units may be from any/all elective categories in the matrix. Contact Nadia Espinoza at email@example.com for guidance.
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Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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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.
Those pursuing the Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) or Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) credentials through ACRP, or the Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) credentials through SoCRA, can fulfill educational requirements by completing this program. For information about ACRP certification, please go to http://www.acrpnet.org. For more information about SoCRA certification, please go to http://socra.org.
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