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Program Code: 07681 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Clinical Research graduate certificate program prepares graduates with the transferable skills needed to build successful careers in a variety of clinical trial management and research sectors. This program focuses on developing the concepts, skills and techniques required to work in the clinical research field. You will gain knowledge and skills in the planning and management of clinical research including practices related to the organization, execution and monitoring of clinical trials. You will learn clinical trial protocol development as part of the principles and processes of clinical trial design.

There is an emphasis on maintaining good clinical practice (GCP) as presented by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), along with the importance of data collection, analysis, recording and auditing - all to ensure that clinical trial data are credible and accurate. You will become familiar with the many regulations and guidelines established to ensure trials are conducted ethically and in ways that respect the rights of clinical trial participants, while ensuring the execution of robust scientific research.

Teamwork and communication skills are reinforced throughout the program and you will acquire the necessary technological skills to assist with data management specific to the field.

You will also benefit from:

  • a unique integrated approach
  • acquiring a recognized skillset applicable to a wide variety of employment opportunities
  • integrative project work that links applied and academic fields
  • learning to adapt to the changing field and staying current
  • simulation trials mimicking real work experiences

Program Delivery: Courses are scheduled over two 14-week semesters, and are asynchronous, self-directed online modules, with set dates for evaluations. Internship occurs in Semester 3 and is in-person.

This program is not available to international applicants.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Perform the duties of a clinical research professional, as part of a project team, at all phases of the product/treatment development and post-market processes.
  2. Consider political, social, and economic factors when making decisions related to clinical research practices in order to plan responses for potentially challenging and complex outcomes.
  3. Analyze clinical research processes and products from multiple perspectives to identify potential impacts on industry.
  4. Synthesize scientific, regulatory, and business information from various sources to prepare effective clinical research documents.
  5. Maintain ethical, legal, regulatory, and professional standards associated with clinical research.
  6. Create a clinical development plan for a novel therapeutic product.
  7. Evaluate clinical research practices according to recognized Quality Assurance Process.
  8. Integrate effective technology and record-keeping practices within all stages of clinical research and post marketing processes to ensure compliance with research approvals and professional and ethical standards of practice.
  9. Adhere to the principles and practices of specific Standard Operating Procedures to prepare and manage documentation and data in compliance with approved protocols.
  10. Prepare and critique submissions for clinical trials and marketing approvals that meet regulatory and industry requirements.
  11. Apply critical analysis, problem solving, and project management skills to recognize and respond to complex clinical research challenges.
  12. Engage in knowledge translation to contribute to the advancement of the health care industry.
  13. Collaborate with study participants, research teams, and regulatory and business professionals to contribute to high quality clinical research processes.


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Work Placement

Following two online academic semesters, students complete a three-month (450 hours) internship work placement that provides opportunities to apply and integrate theoretical knowledge and skills into real-world work settings. Internship placements are conducted in a wide range of organizations such as pharmaceutical, natural health products (NHP), medical device and biotechnology companies, as well as contract research organizations, hospitals, government agencies/departments and scientific institutions. 

During Semester 3, students complete their learning at placement sites, and assessments are carried out by assigned supervisors at the site of placement. While Humber does assist students in finding their placements by working with industry partners to identify openings, students are responsible for finding their own work placement that is aligned with the learning outcomes of our program.

The Humber Advantage

Industry Recognition

Every year our program receives excellent feedback from the industry regarding the professional preparation of the graduates and the content of the program; our graduates are an important resource for the health care industry. This is an outcome of our ongoing efforts to ensure that students have solid science, medical, and clinical research knowledge.


An Education in High Demand

The medical, pharmaceutical, and natural products industry is facing constant development. As a society focused on health and wellness much attention is being given to the development of new interventions, supplements and drugs as well as improvement of health care. Comprehensive training combined with work experience and previous degrees make Humber students highly marketable.


Clinical Trials

Clinical research involves human studies where products are tested in multiple phases to assess their safety and efficacy. Clinical research is a necessary step (ethical and regulatory) in the development of new therapeutic/diagnostic products. Industry has the responsibility to follow stringent international, federal, and provincial regulations when planning and implementing preclinical and clinical studies; along with the development and manufacturing of medical products.

Responsibilities

Clinical Research Professionals are responsible for conducting clinical trials, which includes planning, designing and monitoring clinical experimentation and later, analyzing data to draw conclusions about the treatments. Furthermore they are responsible for carrying out clinical trials in compliance with Good Clinical Practices, clinical trial protocols, international and local regulations. When working for the industry, interactions with medical personnel (nurses and physicians) and plenty of travelling is a regular part of life for a Clinical Research Professional. When employed by a clinic or hospital the Clinical Researchers are responsible for conducting studies at that facility as well as interacting with sponsoring companies regarding planning and execution of clinical trials.

The Humber Experience

Superior Program Design

The Clinical Research Graduate Certificate program at Humber is designed, developed and created so that it can be delivered online with high efficiency, during the first two semesters of the program. Subsequently, theoretical learning is extensively applied through hands-on experiences during the third semester, including a 450 hours internship placement.

The fundamental skills are taught, developed, and reinforced throughout the one-year comprehensive program. Work ready graduates are developed in this program to confidently transition into the workforce.


The Right Fit

If you are science-oriented, self-regulated, have collaborative interpersonal skills and enjoy managing and working in variety of laboratory and research settings, the Clinical Research program and a career in this field may be for you.

Mission Statement

It is our vision and mission to offer our learners the means to excel in the field of clinical research, as Clinical Research Associate (CRA) or Clinical Research Co-ordinator (CRC), by providing industry relevant professional, technical, theoretical, and hands on experience. We strive to develop work ready learners upon graduation through a collaborative partnership between students and the program. The internship component of this program, which follows two academic semesters, provides students a practical environment and offers ample opportunities to integrate theoretical learning into real industry hands-on experience. Additionally, the internship placement will provide students an opportunity to expand their professional network through interaction with peers, faculty and colleagues. It is our hope that upon graduation students will effectively and confidently transition to work force, related to their field of study.

Your Career

Our graduates typically pursue careers in research settings such as pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries, hospitals and research institutes. Their work may help lead to the development of new treatments and therapeutic approaches to enhance quality of life.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 5 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in health science, pharmacy, some area in life sciences or a related field.

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • Resume

  • Applicants must submit a detailed resume including education, work, and/or volunteer experience. Excellent resumes contain experiences that are relevant to the subject of interest. The resume itself should be well organized and easy to follow. Standard Canadian spelling and grammar should be used.

  • Video Introduction

  • Applicants must submit a 2-3 minute video introduction outlining their interest in this field of study. The video should express why the applicant has an interest in clinical research specifically in Humber College’s Clinical Research graduate certificate program.

    Expectations for Video Introduction

    The video should include the use of clear and concise language that uses appropriate pace, tone, and projection of voice. Hand gestures should be kept to a minimum and when they are used, should add to the presentation style rather than distract. The video must be within the time allowed.

    The video should contain a clear and compelling rationale for the applicant’s interest in the subject. A specific rationale for wanting to study at Humber College should be included and will demonstrate an understanding of the demands of the graduate certificate.

    Submission Instructions

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness
416.675.6622 ext. 4464
askFHSW@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $7,080.93
  • international: N/A

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Michael Lavallee, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5301
michael.lavallee@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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