Education and Training

2017 KL2/TL1 Reunion

Preparing a multidisciplinary group of clinical research scholars to be future leaders of the nation's clinical research enterprise is a key component of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) and the CTSA consortium.

Locally, this core resource is focused on three levels of education which includes graduate-degree-granting and post graduate programs in clinical and translational science:

  • Education and training for the entire clinical and translational research team to better understand each other's disciplines, terminology, and approach to research or patients by developing, implementing, and coordinating multidisciplinary clinical and translational research education across partner institutions. Program topics now include regulatory issues, statistics and design, and design.
  • The CTSC KL2 Program is an intensive training and mentoring program designed to develop junior faculty members as clinical researchers conducting patient-oriented research. The KL2 program is comprised of scholars from various disciplines, from the 5 CTSC partner institutions.
  • The CTSC TL1 program is a Clinical and Translational Scientist Training Program (CTSTP) through which researchers obtaining the Medical Doctorate or Doctorate in Nursing at Case Western Reserve University can enter a combined program leading to the Ph.D. degree in engineering, epidemiology, biostatistics, and ultimately in clinical research as well.

Additional CTSC Education and Training Services

In addition to the above opportunities, the CTSC supports the following programs and services designed to advance clinical and translational science:

The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) at Case Western Reserve University provides training leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Research, open to post-doctoral and pre-doctoral scholars. The CRSP prepares graduates to identify a research question, critically evaluate the relevant scientific literature, transform the question into a feasible study design, develop and execute a study protocol, and analyze and effectively communicate the findings. The program also provides a mentored research experience. Most CRSP graduates hold academic research appointments. The CRSP program will serve as the basis for the PhD program in Clinical Investigation. There are 2 avenues for entry into the CRSP - the pre-doctoral avenue and the post-doctoral avenue.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program combines knowledge from biostatistics, epidemiology and study design with training in ethical, legal and regulatory issues in patient-oriented research. Upon completion of the Certificate Program, individuals will achieve basic competency in the following domains:

  • Formulation of Clinical Research Questions
  • Literature Critique
  • Study Design
  • Analytic Methods
  • Research Ethics

Who should apply?

The Certificate program provides foundational training in clinical research methods to those individuals who are seeking an alternative to the Master of Science Program in Clinical Research. It is geared towards clinicians (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, etc.) and other health-science professionals who are interested in conducting clinical research or collaborating with other clinician-scientists who conduct clinical research. This program is also beneficial to health-science students, basic-science researchers, and other health science professionals who would like to enhance their skills in patient-oriented research.

Program Structure

To earn the Certificate, students must complete:

  • 4 courses totaling 11 credit hours
  • The online CITI Basic course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects, or your institution's equivalent

The Certificate Program can be completed in 2-4 semesters. Once accepted into the program, individuals have a maximum of 3 calendar years to complete the requirements. The program has rolling admissions, and students may start taking courses in the summer or fall semester.

Grade of B or higher in each graded course is required for successful completion of the Certificate program.

The coursework for the Certificate is listed on the official CWRU transcript. The Certificate itself is issued by the Center for Clinical Investigation. Course credits earned could be transferred to fulfill requirements for advanced degrees at CWRU or another institution.


  • 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.
  • Individuals who are not already graduate degree-seeking students at CWRU are admitted as non-degree-seeking candidates through CWRU School of Graduate Studies. Submission of a non-degree application form is required. 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 e-mailed to the Center for Clinical Investigation Education Manager at or mailed to:

Contact Information

  • Education Manager
    Center for Clinical Investigation
    Case Western Reserve University
    Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein Building
    2103 Cornell Road, Room 6133
    Cleveland, OH 44106-7291
    Telephone: 216-368-2601
  • Clinical Research Scholars Program

These educational opportunities are offered at the five partner institutions within the Cleveland CTSC. They are designed to provide training for all research team members as well as to provide awareness of the many resources that are available to the team across the institutions. Courses may offer CREC credits. Please take advantage of these shared resources!

Note: Course offerings may be institution specific and have limited sitting. Please contact course coordinators at the individual institutions with questions.

Case Western Reserve University

CWRU School of Dental Medicine

CWRU School of Nursing

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cleveland Clinic

  • Contact: Colleen Rouse, RN, MS 
    Research Education Manager, Center for Clinical Research 
    Phone: (216) 444-4554 

MetroHealth Medical Center

  • Contact: Carey Gorden, JD, MA 
    Manager, Human Research Protection Program 
    Address: Center 2500 MetroHealth Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44109-1998 
    Phone: (216) 778-2021 
  • MetroHealth System IRB

University Hospitals

The Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES+) program at Case Western Reserve University was part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program to develop a national science and engineering workforce that includes the full participation of women at all levels of faculty and academic leadership.