Skip to content

Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research

Make an Impact on Patient and Community Health

The George Washington University’s online graduate certificate in Clinical and Translational Research quickly prepares you for a role as the primary clinical trial investigator on multi-site projects. By completing the Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Certificate, you explore clinical trials management and learn to improve patient and community health as you understand how science and clinical research methods move from the bench to the bedside.

Learn More Today

Complete the form to learn more about this program.

Quick Facts


total credits



1 year

average duration

Accreditation and Rankings

  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • #63 Best National University*

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2022 Rankings

Program Highlights


The graduate certificate in Clinical and Translational Research requires successful completion of 21 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. All 21 credit hours required for the clinical research certification program are transferable to the MSHS program for seamless enrollment in the Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research.

View Courses

Program Outcomes

In as little as one year, you will complete 21 credit hours and learn to:

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

This graduate certificate in Clinical and Translational Research is ideal if you are looking to broaden your skills and serve as a principal clinical trial investigator. This clinical trial certification program also serves as a stepping-stone for those who want to pursue the full graduate degree in Clinical and Translational Research at a later time.

To apply for this clinical trial certification program, you must have previously completed graduate-level courses in Biostatistics and Epidemiology with a B or higher to qualify for admission.

Clinical and Translational Research Career Outlook

Graduates of the clinical research certification program can enjoy rewarding careers with employers 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
  • Clinical trials management companies
  • Clinical trials design companies

Admission Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

See All Requirements

Tuition Details

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical and The Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research program at GW consists of 21 credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here.

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

Get Tuition Details

Meet the Program Director

Samar Nasser

Associate Professor, Clinical Research & Leadership; Director, Clinical and Translational Research

Dr. Nasser is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at the George Washington University. For about 10 years, Dr. Nasser practiced as a physician assistant (PA) in the Hypertension and Vascular Disease Clinic, and assistant medical director of the Recruitment and Clinical Measures Core on a National Institutes of Health Center Grant in Detroit, MI.

During her tenure as a PA, she cared for patients in the out-patient and in-patient settings, as well as those participants in several clinical research trials. While functioning as a PA, she attended the University of Michigan, School of Public Health and obtained her Master’s of Public Health Degree with a specialization in Epidemiology. She then pursued a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in 2011 with a concentration in Physiology, as she also has a passion to teach others and a deep appreciation for how the human body maintains homeostasis and understanding human physiologic functions as they relate to preventative health measures, public health, and the translational research field.

Dr. Nasser has co-authored numerous journal articles and several book chapters focusing on cardiovascular disease/hypertension and ethnic disparities. Her expertise is focused upon evaluating the factors impacting racial disparities, specifically cardiovascular, and translating evidence-based methods to curb these effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

Visit our FAQ page