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Are you interested in a career in Clinical Research?

Already working in Clinical Research and want to develop your career path?

A new graduate seeking to enter the field of clinical research?

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


This full certificate program provides you with the tools you need to become successful in today's competitive marketplace. All topics can be completed in less than two semesters or you can spread it out over 2 years.

This is a Continuing Education program and does not have an application process, and offers contact hours. All classes are held on the Boston College Chestnut Hill campus. We welcome you to register at any time.

Email: sonce@bc.edu | Phone: 617-552-4256

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

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

Register for all four courses together for a $200 savings

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.

CLINICAL RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

Association of Clinical Research Professionals(ACRP) is forming a multi-stakeholder task force charged with defining the core competencies required of entry-level clinical research associates (CRAs).

This task force will identify the competencies required of entry-level CRAs/monitors, develop measures of competence, and advocate for standardization of identified CRA competencies across the clinical research enterprise.

This announcement follows publication this week of a position paper examining the current CRA workforce and calling for elimination of the commonly accepted and practiced two-year experience requirement for entry-level CRAs in favor of competence-based employment practices (see: A New Approach to Developing the CRA Workforce).

The arbitrary 2-years' experience requirement is contributing to a shortage of CRAs in the clinical research profession and is leading to inefficiencies at contract research organizations and clinical trial sponsors while doing nothing to ensure quality in clinical research.

There are at least 10,000 CRA open positions in the United States alone, and there is no evidence to suggest that number will decline any time soon. A recent Brookings study, lamenting an overall employee shortage throughout the life sciences industry, singled out the CRA as one of the positions most in need of recruitment.

http://www.acrpnet.org/


 

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.


 

 

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Requests for cancellations and refunds 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.