Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Certificate in Clinical Research (CCR)

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research is a part-time program and ideal for specialists, residents, and fellows who desire to accrue the core competencies to participate in clinical research without pursuing a graduate degree. Candidates are required to complete 19 credit hours for completion.

Fall Semester- (Courses are offered this semester and taken accordingly) 

MCR 700-01 Clinical Biostatistics: 3 semester hours

MCR 736-01 Clinical Epidemiology: 3 semester hours

MCR 750-01 Ethical Issues in Clinical Research: 1 semester hour

MCR 731-01 Critical Review: 2 semester hours

MCR 732-01 Comparative Effectiveness Research: 3 semester hours

Spring Semester- (These courses are offered this semester and taken accordingly)

MCR 724-01 Introduction to Clinical Trials: 3 semester hours

MCR 752-01 Team Science in Clinical Research: 1 semester hour

MCR 789-20 ST: Introduction to Grant Writing: 1 semester hour

MCR 732-01 Comparative Effectiveness Research: 3 semester hours

Summer Semester- (Part-time hours)

MCR 731-01 Critical Review: 2 semester hours

MCR 789-07 ST: Industry/Regulatory: 2 semester hours

Description

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research (CCR) provides training to clinical and health care professionals who desire skills and understanding of core competencies for participation in human clinical research without the time commitment of a graduate degree. 

The 19-credit hour graduate certificate is online, part-time and ideal for working individuals. It includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical research industry and regulations,overview of grants and team sciences.  Courses completed in the graduate certificate may transfer to the M.S. Clinical Research degree.

The graduate certificate courses are offered in specific terms- fall, spring and summer.

Requirements

Clinical and health professionals must possess one of the following:

  • A doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g. M.D., Pharm. D., O.D., D.M.D., Ph.D.)
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g. BSN, MHS)

Application Process

Complete the applications and submit admission materials online.  If you are unable to apply online you must petition the College of Graduate Studies Office of the Dean for special accommodations with an explanation of why you are unable to apply online.

Application Materials

1.      Academic transcripts from the institution of the highest degree, as well as any professional certifications that indicate the applicant has either:

-  a Doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g. M.D., Pharm. D., O.D., D.M.D., Ph.D.)

-  a Bachelor’s or Master’s in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g. BSN, MHS)

2.      An essay stating:

a.    Future goals

b.    Area of clinical research interest

c.    Why you chose the certificate program

d.    Name of your research mentor (if identified)

3.      Letter of support with department’s guarantee that applicant has full support to pursue the certificate

a.   For residents – from the Residency Director

b.   For fellows- from the Fellowship Director

c.  For faculty – from the Division or Department Chairman

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas.

If you have questions about the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research or M.S. Clinical Research, please contact Maritza Dawkins Holnes at mailto:dawkin@musc.edu.

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Scholarship Eligibility

MUSC offers scholarships for which you may be eligible. Some are awarded based on academic achievement; others are awarded based on community service, for example. However, the majority of scholarships awarded at MUSC are based on financial need. This means those scholarships are only awarded to students who need some financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition and fees. If you would like to be considered for a financial need-based scholarship, you must have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Make sure you list Medical University of South Carolina on your FAFSA form, along with MUSC’s code: 003438. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. It is recommended to submit the FAFSA in January if you plan to enroll in the Fall.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2022
Regular October 1, 2021 Rolling
Spring 2023
Regular October 1, 2022
Rolling
Summer 2023
Regular
October 1, 2022
Rolling
Fall 2023  Regular October 1, 2022 Rolling