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Graduate Certificate Programs

Clinical research is a rapidly expanding field, with diverse employment opportunities in settings such as universities, hospital systems, and the pharmaceutical industry. Human subjects research is complex and requires an understanding of funding sources, regulatory issues, project management, study design, and data analysis. This program is designed to introduce students to careers in Clinical Research.

The Certificate in Clinical Trials: Operations will provide students with foundational knowledge of the clinical trials process.

Program Objectives

  • Introduce students to project, financial, and data management of clinical trials.
  • Provide education on the regulations and ethical issues that surround human subject research
  • Provide foundational knowledge of the clinical trials process

Qualified Applicants

Prospective students interested in pursuing a career in clinical research should also be:

  • Graduates of baccalaureate programs in basic sciences, nursing, health professions, engineering, or business
  • Graduates or students of professional programs (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law)
  • Graduates or students of doctoral or post-doctoral programs.

About Graduate Certificate Programs

Health-related industries are projected to continue their steady growth for years to come, increasing the need for highly-qualified professionals. In response, Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS), through the Graduate Center for Education & Training, has developed certificate programs, offered at times convenient to practicing professionals and focused on growth areas in healthcare industries.

The certificate programs comprise about one-third of the requirement for a Master of Science degree. They use courses selected from our existing programs in the Graduate School:

As there are fewer course requirements for certificate programs than for formal degree programs, degree candidates may also pursue certificates as part of their graduate curriculum. Courses within certificate programs must be taken for academic credit and may be applied to appropriate existing Master of Science programs. These programs make completing or enhancing a degree or getting new skill sets accessible and affordable.

Additionally, courses completed for a certificate program may later be applied toward a graduate degree program. Please note that acceptance to and successful completion of a Certificate program does not guarantee admission to a JCLS degree program. 

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