Clinical Research Certificate Program Online
Certificate of Study in Clinical Research
Drexel University’s nationally ranked College of Medicine offers an online Certificate of Study in Clinical Research. The online clinical research certificate program, taught by industry experts, is designed for a wide range of professionals seeking clinical research credentials and career-movers who want to break ground in the clinical research field.
Program at a Glance
- Semester Credits: 15 credits
- Average Completion Time: 1 to 2 years
- You may take up to 7 years to complete the program
- No on-campus requirements
- No thesis requirements
- Plans of study are created on a case-by-case basis and customized to your career plans
- Interactive coursework
- Expert faculty
- No application fee
What is a Certificate in Clinical Research?
The online Certificate of Study in Clinical Research is a 15-semester credit program that covers both business principles and clinical research industry best practices. To earn your professional credential at Drexel, you’ll complete five graduate-level courses that draw content from the MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management (CROM) curriculum. Three of these courses are:
- Intro to Clinical Trials
- Pharmaceutical Law
- Fundamentals of Compliance
These three core courses help you keep pace with the changes in the clinical research, financial, legal, and regulatory environments. You’ll also be able to tailor your study plan to career goals through two elective courses. As a result, you’ll be able to build skills that are relevant to you and can help you navigate the evolving clinical research landscapes successfully.
Take a Broad Range of Clinical Research Courses Online
Some of Drexel’s more popular clinical research online courses pertain to building leadership skills and strategic planning. We also offer several “special topics” courses which you can take as electives. These fall under the following broad clinical research categories:
- New Product Research and Development
- Compliance and Safety Surveillance
- Ethics and Law
- Regulatory Affairs
- Biostatistics and Data Management
- Clinical Research Management
- New Therapeutic Product Business and Strategic Planning
Academic Plans of Study
Students who pursue Drexel’s clinical research certificate online may apply their credits toward the full MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management program.
Will this program prepare me for ACRP and SOCRA certification?
Coupled with other certification requirements, the online Certificate of Study in Clinical Research program can help you prepare for ACRP or SOCRA certification. If this is your goal, we can help you map out your study plan.
What Can I Do with A Certificate in Clinical Research?
A Certificate in Clinical Research may help you pursue career paths such as Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and eventually Clinical Research Associate (CRA) opportunities. In both of these roles, you’ll likely find your skills are in high demand. Reports point to faster than average job growth (10 – 15 percent) by 2026.
Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)
- What They Do: Clinical Research Coordinators plan the day-to-day clinical operations, oversee personnel, finance and the regulatory aspects of medical research trials.
- Projected Job Outlook to 2026: 5,200 job openings and a 10 – 14% overall projected growth
- Other job titles: Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, Clinical Trial Manager, Clinical Research Administrator (CRA)
- Related career paths: Clinical Data Managers, Regulatory Affairs Managers
- Workforce Data: 350 direct employers currently competing for CRC talent.
- Possible clinical research courses to take as electives: Designing the Clinical Trial, International Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trial Budgeting, Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration.
Clinical Research Associate
- What They Do: Clinical Research Associates assist in laboratory, survey and other science research, prepare findings for publication, manage databases, harness participant information, conduct reports, and oversee quality control.
- Projected Job Outlook to 2026: 4,400 new job openings by 2026 and 15% + overall projected growth
- Other job titles: Clinical Data Manager (CDM), Clinical Informatics Manager, Clinical Data Associate
- Related career paths: Regulatory Affairs Specialists, Social Science Research Assistant
- Workforce Data: 263 direct employers currently competing for CRA talent
- Possible clinical research courses to take as electives: Patient Recruitment and Informed Consent, Clinical Data Management, Scientific Writing and Medical Literature, Current Issues in Review Boards
What are the Salary Expectations for a Certificate in Clinical Research?
Salaries in the clinical research field vary widely due to several contributing factors. These can include your education level, certifications, work experience, location and overall skill level.
Annual Median Salary (2017)
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Coordinator
Drexel University also offers other online clinical research master’s and certificate programs designed to match your career goals:
- MS in Clinical Research for Health Professionals
- MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management
- Quantitative Principles for Clinical Research Certificate
If you have questions, please contact:
State restrictions may apply to some programs.
Learn more about how Drexel's courses align with the competency domains identified by the Joint Taskforce for Clinical Trial Competency.
|CR 515S||Intro to Clinical Trials||3.0|
|CR 545S||Pharmaceutical Law||3.0|
|CR 612S||Fundamentals of Compliance||3.0|
|Select two of the following:||6.0|
|New Product Research and Development|
|Scientific Writing and Medical Literature|
|Designing the Clinical Trial|
|Innovative Product Development|
|Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology|
|Regulatory, Scientific, and Social Issues Affecting Biotech Research|
|Compliance and Safety Surveillance|
|Compliance & Monitoring Issues|
|Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance|
|Quaility Assurance Audits|
|Ethics and Law|
|Ethical Issues in Research|
|The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research|
|Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection|
|Quality Assurance Audits|
|Emerging Trends in Medical Device Regulation|
|Medical Devices and Combination Product Regulation|
|World Wide Regulatory Submissions|
|Current Issues in Review Boards|
|Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research|
|International Regulatory Affairs|
|Patient Generated Data in Clinical Research|
|Biostatistics and Data Management|
|Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics|
|Clinical Data Management|
|Health Information Technology in Biomedical R&D|
|Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics II|
|Clinical Research Management|
|Sponsored Projects Finance|
|Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration|
|Clinical Project Management|
|Patient Recruitment & Informed Consent|
|Risk Management in Clinical Research|
|New Therapeutic Product Business and Strategic Planning|
|Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D|
|Clinical Trial Budgeting|
|Informatics in Pharm Res & Development|
|Health Policy and Economics|
*Courses not listed above may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program director.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Essay on your past successes, goals and objectives for pursuing this program
- Additional requirements for International Students
A telephone interview may be requested.
The tuition rate for the academic year 2022-2023 is $1255 per credit.
- This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
2022-2023 Academic Year
August 15, 2022
December 9, 2022
January 9, 2023
May 5, 2023
May 15, 2023
August 4, 2023
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