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  • Certificate of Study in Clinical Research


    Drexel's online Certificate of Study in Clinical Research, offered by our nationally-ranked College of Medicine, is designed for both professionals seeking credentials and career-movers entering the clinical research field. The program credits can also be applied to the full MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management.

    Program Features

    • Curriculum combines business principles with an understanding of clinical research best practices
    • Courses are led by researchers, administrators, lawyers and scientists working in clinical research
    • Explores the product research and development industry, while preparing you to succeed in the complex pharmaceutical and healthcare industries 
    • Interactive online platform challenges and engages in a simple, easy-to-use format that caters to active professionals
    • No thesis or residency requirements

    For questions, please contact:

    Sara Perkel
    Program Director

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    CR 515S Intro to Clinical Trials3.0
    CR 545S Pharmaceutical Law3.0
    CR 612S Fundamentals of Compliance3.0
    Select two of the following:6.0
    CR 500S
    CR 501S
    Emerging Trends in Medical Device History 
    CR 505S
    Ethical Issues in Research 
    CR 510S
    Sponsored Projects Finance 
    CR 511S
    The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research 
    CR 512S
    Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration 
    CR 513S
    Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow 
    CR 514S
    World Wide Regulatory Submissions 
    CR 520S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics 
    CR 525S
    Scientific Writing and Medical Literature 
    CR 530S
    Tech Transfer 
    CR 535S
    Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research 
    CR 550S
    Leadership Skills 
    CR 555S
    Compliance & Monitoring Issues 
    CR 565S
    Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection 
    CR 570S
    Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance 
    CR 600S
    Designing the Clinical Trial 
    CR 609S
    Innovative Product Development 
    CR 614S
    Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D 
    CR 616S
    Intro to Therapeutic Products 
    CR 617S
    Informatics in Pharm Res & Development 
    CR 620S
    CR 625S
    Health Policy and Economics 
    CR 630S
    Trans Research 
    CR 633S
    Quality Assurance Audits 
    CR 635S
    Strategic Planning 
    CR T780S
    Special Topics in Clinical Research 
    Total Credits15.0

    *Courses not listed above may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program.

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • 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)

    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 telephone interview may be requested.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1066 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • 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

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 

    Fall 2016     

    August 8, 2016

    December 9, 2016

    Spring 2017 

    January 3, 2017

    May 5, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    May 8, 2017

    July 21, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 

    Fall 2017     

    August 7, 2017

    December 8, 2017

    Spring 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    May 4, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    May 14, 2018

    July 27, 2018

    Apply today for the Certificate of Study in Clinical Research

    Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online!


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