Clinical certificate program

This one-year certificate program, will let you learn research design concepts, analysis, and the quality assurance required for daily operations in the clinical research field. You will examine clinical studies across the pharmaceutical, medical device and natural health product sectors that give the competitive edge required in this dynamic industry. In this hands-on program, you will work alongside industry professionals and develop a network of contacts ahead of graduation.

The Clinical Research Certificate provides training in research methods for faculty members, postgraduate residents, international fellows and community-based health care professionals who want to improve their knowledge and skills in research methodology and quality improvement.

Completion of the certificate will significantly enhance your ability to understand, effectively use, engage in and collaborate in research. It is not intended as a substitute for a research-based graduate degree, nor is it intended to lead to independent research projects (i.e., to take on a Principal Investigator role on large projects).

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

Clinical research assistant

Clinical research associate

Clinical trials monitor


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

Conduct research design concepts.

Analysis and quality assurance of daily operations in clinical trials development process for products such as drugs, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals and natural health products.

Identify the roles and responsibilities of the different positions within the clinical research processes.

Learn to incorporate ethical practices.

Program Objectives

After completing this certificate program, students will be better able to:

Construct meaningful research questions applicable to primary care research.

Compare and describe qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Design and contrast quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis procedures

Appraise and critique data reported in the literature from research studies.

Identify, discuss and complete a grant proposal for submission to a research ethics board.

Clinicians seeking greater expertise and confidence in the use of research in their practice.

Applicants must be health care professionals licensed and in active practice in their country of primary residence and a Certificate of Completion will be issued by the Office of Continuing Professional Development to participants who satisfactorily complete the program.

Learners are evaluated on each component on a pass / fail basis, therefore there is no terminal examination or thesis and all components must be passed.

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