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Clinical Research Certificate

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Thinking about a Career in Clinical Research?

Already in the field and want to move up the ladder?


Earn the credentials to be competitive in the job market by completing the Clinical Research Certificate Program.


Massachusetts BioPharma Industry Employment has grown
9-10 times faster than the state and national
growth rates for all employment.*

• There are more than 550 biotech and pharmaceutical companies located in Massachusetts; 314 of these companies are drug development companies. (BioSpace.com)

• In a highly competitive job market like that seen during the economic downturn, education becomes an increasingly important factor in candidate selection, especially early in the hiring process when employers are likely to use degree held as a way to narrow the applicant field. (BioSpace.com)

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW); MassBio

The field of Clinical Research is rapidly expanding and  there are many career opportunities. This program will give you an understanding of the "landscape" of clinical research including the duties of the following roles; Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), data specialist, subject recruiter, research billing officer, compliance administrator, and other specialties.


REQUIRED COURSEWORK

In order to receive the Clinical Research Certificate, you must complete each section of the three-course program:

Register for all three courses together for a $100 discount

OVERVIEW

The clinical research field is a new, stimulating, and innovative career choice. As a result of the recent movement to speed up drug and medical device development, the need for scientifically trained professionals - including CRAs and CRCs - to coordinate research studies has increased. 

The field of Clinical Research is rapidly expanding and there are many career opportunities. This program will give you an understanding of the "landscape" of clinical research including the duties of the following roles; Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), data specialist, subject recruiter, research billing officer, compliance administrator, and other specialties.

Our Clinical Research Certificate Program includes a rigorous curriculum to prepare you for today's competitive marketplace.

Clinical research has developed into a complex set of activities, highly dependent on effective teamwork and integration of efforts by people with different backgrounds and disciplines. Because of the highly specialized nature of many aspects of the research process, there are many opportunities for individuals to specialize in areas such as data management, biostatistics, subject recruitment, and more. One important goal of this Certificate Program is to offer a clearer picture of these opportunities, while at the same time providing a foundation in the basic principles of clinical research. 

The past few decades have seen an explosion of our knowledge of basic biology, chemistry and the pathophysiology of disease. This has inevitably led to the application and testing of these findings in the clinical setting, employing a variety of approaches including in vitro studies with human tissues, ex vivo studies, epidemiologic research, and clinical trials. Clinical research, which encompasses all these approaches, has evolved and gained in sophistication and complexity. It now represents an accepted discipline to be taught with a formal curriculum.

Is This Program for You?

These multidisciplinary courses have been designed for professionals interested in moving into the field of pharmaceutical/clinical research. Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies seek out nurses or people with a science background for these roles because they have a scientific knowledge base, good interpersonal skills, and experience working with physicians and other nurses.

This program can also serve as a refresher for a professional already working in the field who has never had formal training.

Participants have also used this course as a review for certification examination.

This full certificate program provides you with the tools you need to become successful in today's rigorous marketplace. All topics can be completed in less than two semesters. To earn a certificate, a student must:

  • Successfully complete all of the required courses within a two-year period
  • In order to receive contact hours, participants must attend the course and complete the examinations.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Requests for cancelation and refund are accepted in only in writing (email: sonce@bc.edu) at least four weeks prior to the start of the course. A refund is provided (less a $75 administrative fee per course). No refunds will be made for cancellations requested within four weeks of the start date of the course or for no-shows.