Clinical Research Certificate

Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research (CCR) provides training to health care professionals who desire knowledge in the core competencies that allows participation in clinical research careers without the time commitment of a graduate degree. The certificate aligns with the University’s mission as it enables more clinical providers to be well equipped to participate in biomedical research, thus advancing new knowledge. 

The 19-credit hour certificate includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, team science, and grants overview amongst, others and is ideal for clinical specialists, residents, medical trainees, and fellows.

Requirements:

Senior residents, fellows, junior faculty or 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:

All applications to the College of Graduate Studies must be submitted online.  If you are unable to apply online you must petition the Office of the Dean for special accommodations with an explanation of why you are unable to apply online. Certificate students may only enroll in one certificate program at a time and must complete one certificate program before beginning coursework towards another program. The certificate is offered throughout the academic year with specific start terms. 

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.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.   

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Spring 2021  Regular October 1, 2020 Rolling 
Summer 2021  Regular October 1, 2020 Rolling
Fall 2021  Regular October 1, 2020 Rolling