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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research: Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start?

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research has rolling admissions. Applicants have the option to start either in the summer or the fall semester. The Certificate consists of only 4 courses (11 credit hours), plus the online CITI Basic course in Protection of Human Research Subjects. One of the courses, CRSP 401 (“Introduction to Clinical Research”), is a 3 week 3 credit hour intensive course and is only offered during the summer semester. The other 3 courses are only offered during the fall.

When is the application due?

For summer semester applicants, the application and any supplemental documentation must be received by May 15th.

For fall semester applicants, the application and any supplemental documentation must be received by July 1st.

What is the cost?

The cost is based on a per credit hour rate. The Certificate is an 11 credit hour program. Therefore, the cost would be determined by multiplying 11 credit hours by the current per credit hour rate, which can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

What is the distinction between full-time and part-time enrollment?

For a Master’s level scholar, 9 credit hours is considered to be full-time and anything less is considered part-time.

Who should apply?

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research is geared towards clinicians and health-science professionals, such as physician, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, etc. However, each applicant is evaluated on a case-by- case basis. Other professionals, such as research assistants or students in the Master’s in Medical Physiology program, wishing to gain knowledge in conducting research, in collaborating with other clinician-scientists and in patient-oriented research should apply.

Can the program be taken on a part-time basis?

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research is a part-time program. Part-time enrollment requires a student to be enrolled in less than 9 credit hours in any given semester. The Certificate in only 11 credits (4 courses), and due to the arrangement in class schedules (listed below), the Certificate can only be taken part-time. Once accepted into the program, individuals have a maximum of 3 calendar years to complete the requirements.

Class*Credit HoursSemester Offered
CRSP 401, “Introduction to Clinical Research” 3 Summer
CRSP 402, “Study Design and Epidemiologic Method” 3 Fall
CRSP 603, “Research Ethics and Regulation” 2 Fall
*CRSP 431, “Statistical Methods I” 3 Fall

*Plus the online CITI Basic course in Protection of Human Research Subjects

#Or equivalent (e.g. NURS 630, “Advanced Statistics – Linear Models”

Note, if you are on a student visa, you must maintain a full-time status. In order to maintain said status and be a Certificate student you will be required to take additional courses.

Are online classes available?

At this time, none of the 4 required courses for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research are available online.

Do you have weekend or evening classes?

None of the 4 required courses are offered during the evening or weekends.

What does the curriculum for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research entail?

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research is an 11 credit hour (4 courses) program, plus the online CITI Basic course in Protection of Human Research Subjects. The courses listed for the curriculum is listed below.

Class*Credit HoursSemester Offered
CRSP 401, “Introduction to Clinical Research” 3 Summer
CRSP 402, “Study Design and Epidemiologic Method” 3 Fall
CRSP 603, “Research Ethics and Regulation” 2 Fall
#CRSP 431, “Statistical Methods I” 3 Fall

*Plus the online CITI Basic course in Protection of Human Research Subjects

#Or equivalent (e.g. NURS 630, “Advanced Statistics – Linear Models”

For course(s) descriptions, please view Course Descriptions (PDF).

Can the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research credits transfer to the Master’s in Clinical Research program?

If during your participation in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program, you decide to transfer into the Master’s in Clinical Research program, the courses successfully completed (a grade of B or better) may be transferred.

To transfer into the Master’s program, an online application for the Master’s program must be completed and submitted.

Does the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research require a research project?

No. The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research does not require a research project. The only requirement for the Certificate program is the successful completion of the 11 credit hours (4 courses) and the online CITI Basic course in Protection of Human Research Subjects.

What is the benefit of having a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research?

If you have a desire to pursue clinical research as part of your career, the 11 credit hours of coursework in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program lays the foundational training in clinical research. It will give the scholar the necessary tools to provide a more effective, efficient and ethical clinical investigator.

Is the GRE required?

For the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research, the GRE is not required. However, as part of the application, Individuals who are not faculty, staff, or employees of CWRU must submit a transcript or copy of their diploma, documenting the completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Is the TOEFL/IELTS required?

Yes. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you will be required to provide verification of successfully passing the TOEFL, IELTS, or the USMLE Part 2. Passing scores are as follows:

  • TOEFL (90 on internet-based version, or 577 on paper version)
  • IELTS (7.0 or higher)

For the application, what documentation is required?

The following is a list of required documentation:

  • All applicants for the Certificate Program should submit a Personal Statement describing the reasons for seeking clinical research training and a recent CV or resume.
  • An Application for Admission is required (for complete step-by- step application instructions view Non-Degree Application Guidelines (PDF)). Individuals who are not faculty, staff, or employees of CWRU must also submit a transcript or copy of their diploma, documenting completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • All application materials should be uploaded with the application or e-mailed to the Center for Clinical Investigation Education administrator at ccieducation@case.edu.
  • Documentation indicating the scholar has passed the TOEFL, IELTS, or USMLE part 2

I just submitted my application. What happens next?

Once the application and all supporting documentation are received, the entire application packet will go to the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will review the application packet and will make a decision as to whether admittance will be granted. An email will be issued to the scholar informing them of the Admissions Committee’s decision.