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  • Online Certificate in Clinical Quantitative Research Methods

    Quantitative Principles for Clinical Research Certificate

    Drexel University’s nationally ranked College of Medicine offers an accredited, fully online Quantitative Principles for Clinical Research Certificate. Taught by industry experts, this quantitative research skills-based certificate provides a valuable professional credential. Many of our students are residents, fellows, healthcare professionals, and other clinicians seeking graduate-level training in the basic principles of clinical research and an advanced set of data analytics skills. These newly acquired clinical research skills can ready you to assimilate and communicate evidence-based results from scientific studies related to patient care.

    Program at a Glance

    • Semester Credits: 9 credits
    • Average Completion Time: 1 year
      • 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 student-by-student basis and customized to the student’s career plans
    • Interactive coursework
    • Expert faculty
    • No application fee

    What is a Certificate in Clinical Quantitative Research Methods?

    The online clinical quantitative research methods certificate at Drexel University is a three-course (9 semester credit) program that melds quantitative knowledge in epidemiology, applied biostatistics, and scientific writing.

    Through the focused study plan, you’ll learn how to evaluate and assimilate evidence from medical literature, while developing an understanding of clinical research practices and administration.

    Required Courses:

    • Epidemiology
    • Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
    • Scientific Writing and Medical Literature

    Academic Plans of Study

    If you pursue Drexel’s quantitative research methods certificate online, you may be able to apply the credits into the full MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management program.

    What is the difference between a Certificate in Clinical Qualitative Research Methods vs Quantitative Research Methods?

    One of the main differentiators between a qualitative research certificate and a quantitative research methods certificate is the audience:

    Qualitative Research Methods

    Quantitative Research Methods

    Key methods include focus groups, in-depth interviews, and reviews of documents to extract themes

    Key methods include surveys, structured interviews to harness observations, and reviews of documents to extract numerical data

    Inductive reasoning used to form theories and hypotheses

    Deductive reasoning used to test concepts and hypothesis that make up existing theory

    Subjective – Describes conditions and problems from the point of view of the person experiencing the issue

    Objective – Researchers interpret observed effects of a program on a problem or condition

    May take less time to plan than analyze findings

    May take more time to plan and less to analyze findings

    Text-based with no statistical tests

    Number-based with statistical analysis

    Unstructured responses which can be reliable and valid and require skills on the part of the researcher

    Fixed response options which can be reliable and valid depending on the measurement tool used

    Data from orau.gov

    What Can I Do with a Certificate in Clinical Quantitative Research Methods?

    Pursuing Drexel’s online Quantitative Principles for Clinical Research Certificate provides you with an opportunity to study some of the core topics in research professions. This broad and in-depth knowledge helps ready you to conduct quantitative research studies.

    Reports point to high demand for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) through 2026. Job growth projections show a 10 – 14 percent growth for this period. Clinical Research Associates often conduct screening interviews, reviews of medical records, or dialogue with physicians and nurses. Other potential job titles include:

    • Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)
    • Clinical Trial, Program, Project Leader
    • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
    • Coordinator, Clinical Document Specialist
    • Research Pharmacist
    • Research Nurse

    Certificate in Clinical Quantitative Research Methods Salary Expectations

    Recent data indicates Clinical Research Associates earned a median annual salary of $118,970 in 2017. Salaries for Clinical Research Associates may depend on factors such as experience level, education, and place of work:

    Job Title

    Median Annual Salary

    Clinical Research Associate


    Clinical Trial Manager


    Clinical Data Manager


    Clinical Trials Systems Administrator


    Related Programs

    Drexel University offers additional online clinical research master’s and certificate programs designed to match your career goals:

    If you have questions, please contact:

    Patricia Cashin
    Academic Administrator

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Required Courses  
    CR 500S Epidemiology 3.0
    CR 520S Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics 3.0
    CR 525S Scientific Writing and Medical Literature 3.0
    Total Credits 9.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.

    Required Documents

    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
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1344 per credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates are available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary 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.


    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

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    Fall 2023

    August 21, 2023

    December 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    January 8, 2024

    May 3, 2024

    Summer 2024

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    August 2, 2024


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