• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 year

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required 
  • The program requires 15 total credits and can be finished in 12 months 
  • All 15 credits can be transferred into the MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research program 

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Practice

The George Washington University's (GW) online graduate certificate in Clinical Research Practice quickly prepares you for evidence-based practice in the role of a Principal or co-investigator (Co-I or Co-PI) in clinical research. There are six online courses (15 credits) that can be applied toward the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical and Translational Research.

In earning the certificate, you learn how the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Data Safety and Monitoring Board, protocol development, implementations, standard operating procedures, guidelines, regulations, and ethical considerations inform clinical research practice so you can collaborate with sponsored research programs.

In as little as 1 year, students complete 15 credit hours and learn to: 

  • Oversee clinical research at the study site level  
  • Ensure compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP)  
  • Use biostats and epidemiology to inform clinical practice in a research study site  
  • Improve the practice's potential for serving as a clinical study site 

Who is the Ideal Student for this Program?

The certificate is designed for practicing MDs, PAs, PTs, and OTs, as well as students of these disciplines and allied health professionals who want to be research partners in sponsored projects. It ensures you know how to conduct clinical trials according to applicable laws and regulations and the institutional policy that governs the research.

Clinical Research Practice Career Outlook

Graduates can work in a variety of settings as an investigator or co-investigator across a wide range of health care and research organizations, including: 

  • Academic medical centers and research institutions 
  • Biomedical organizations 
  • Biotech companies 
  • Consumer products companies 
  • Contract research organizations 
  • Defense companies 
  • Diagnostics companies 
  • Generics companies 
  • Government agencies like FDA and NIH 
  • Hospitals, medical centers, and other health care settings 
  • Medical device companies 
  • Pharmaceutical companies 
  • Private research laboratories 

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    Healthcare Experience Preferred

  4. A written personal statement

    Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV
  7. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military and veterans, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and current McNair Program Scholars.
  8. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  9. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
  10. International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 68 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Key Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date
August 7
August 31


The graduate certificate in Clinical Research Practice requires successful completion of 15 credit hours including three credit hours of Elective Courses, selected in consultation with the program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.

  • CTS 6202Research Methods for Clinical & Translational Research2 Credits

    This class is designed for health care providers interested in learning about and engaging in clinical research. It will provide an overview of the design and conduct of clinical research, with an emphasis on types of studies most relevant to health care professionals. After exploring the critical elements of the research designs, students will apply foundational knowledge to develop a research proposal and select an appropriate study design for a clinical or translational research project.

  • CTS 6203Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical & Translational Research1 Credit

    This class is designed for health care providers interested in learning about legal and ethical issues in clinical and translational research. It examines legal and ethical issues that arise in the design and conduct of clinical and translational research. Students will engage in ethical reasoning by assessing case studies that involve a range of bioethics topics.

  • CTS 6205Clinical Investigation3 Credits

    Analysis and evaluation of study design strategies and current practices for major therapeutic areas of clinical research (e.g., vaccine development, cardiovascular disease, anti-infectives, CNS, etc.).

  • CTS 6246Clinical and Translational Research Capstone Project3 Credits

    This class is designed for early independent investigators in Clinical and Translational Research as a capstone. This course will allow students to apply the knowledge gained throughout the program through the completion of an independent, mentored research project (i.e., original research manuscript, review article, etc.)

  • HSCI 6263Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research3 Credits

    Students develop the foundation skills in biostatistics to design and analyze a research study. Students examine topic areas such as populations, sample selection, variables, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis. Students examine output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS), practice problems and reviews of scientific literature through assignments such as a research analysis plan.

  • HSCI 6264Epidemiology for Clinical & Translational Research3 Credits

    Students explore the basic concepts of epidemiology which includes various epidemiological study designs used to examine disease frequency, cause-effect relationships between risk factors and disease states, and effects of bias as examples. Students apply epidemiologic concepts in the context of translational research.

Tuition & Fees

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1,315
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3,945

What's it like to earn this degree online?

  • Study on your schedule
    The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
  • Personalized learning
    Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
  • The prestige of a GW degree
    Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
  • Connect to campus from anywhere
    GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
  • A dedicated advisor from day one
    Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
  • Round-the-clock tech support
    A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.

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