Successful applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Good Clinical Practice will have demonstrated a sincere desire for a career with a focus on clinical research and development. Applicants must be fully aware of the differences in their career path from one in basic research, discovery research or device invention.
To be admitted applicants must have a Bachelors of Science or Arts. While previous studies in the sciences, engineering or health care are preferred applicants may come from a wide variety of undergraduate (or post graduate) areas of study including, but not limited to: nursing, pre-med, biology, chemistry, mathematics, science education, pharmacy, engineering, business, computer science, psychology, social sciences, pre-law, etc. Applicants with M.A., M.S., Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. degrees are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have excellent computer skills. Prior experience in a relevant industry is highly desirable.
Formal Requirements for Full Admission
To be fully accepted to the graduate certificate an applicant must:
- Be a Baccalaureate graduate of an accredited four-year college or university;
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of course work;
- Applicants who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must take and pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of 84 or better; students who enter the program with a TOEFL requirement must take ESLN 592 during the first semester of classes.
- Submit 2 letters of support;
- Submit a statement of 500 words or more concerning career objectives.
Applicants should note that a high degree of proficiency in both written and oral communications in English is a fundamental skill required both to successfully complete the degree program and for success in the field. Applicants who are unsure of their skill level in either spoken or written English are advised to consult with the program director. For those whose English language skills are not adequate for full admission there may be programs made available to enable full admission at a later date. Based on further documentation, the Program Director may waive any of the formal requirements, other that the first above, to take into consideration other factors on a case-by-case basis. Work experience in a related field, life experience, fluency in multiple languages or other cultural knowledge may be considered as well as prior academic performance. Admission may be granted on a Conditional Basis with specific requirements that must be met prior to Full Admission.
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The program provides students with both the knowledge base and practical experience in the process of new drug and medical device development. The courses and experiences provide a base of competence that can be used by individuals to seek employment in the pharmaceutical industry and the academic clinical research environment, or by those currently employed by industry or academia, to gain additional competencies.
The program consists of four courses offered in a format that meets the needs of the nontraditional and full-time employed student. Successful completion of the four courses, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, qualifies a student for acceptance into a preceptorship experience where students work with clinical research associates, clinical research coordinators and clinical scientists in a workplace setting to develop and polish monitoring skills.
The only prerequisite to the first course in the sequence is the possession of a bachelor’s degree and admission to the Graduate School.