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Program Code: 07681
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: September
Program Length: 3 semesters
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Humber is proud to have the highest graduate employment and employer satisfaction rate of the GTA colleges based on Colleges Ontario’s key performance indicators for college graduates in 2022-2023.

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. A field experience placement occurs in Semester 3 and is in-person.

This program is not available to international applicants.

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Courses

At Humber, courses are delivered in a variety of formats:

In-Person - An in-person course is delivered fully on campus.

Online Asynchronous (A) - An online asynchronous course has no fixed class schedule and allows students to engage with the course at different times according to their needs. Faculty provide modules, which are completed independently by the students according to established deadlines.

Online Synchronous (S) - An online synchronous course is delivered fully online and requires faculty and students to participate in real-time according to a fixed schedule. Classes are scheduled for a specific day and time.

Hybrid - A hybrid course is a combination of in-person and online classes and follows a set schedule. Students must be available to attend in-person classes at scheduled times during the semester.

The chart below outlines the delivery options available for each course in this program, by campus. For some academic terms, there may be more than one delivery option available. You’ll be able to select your preferred options when building your course schedule during open enrolment. Preferences for course delivery will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Some Humber programs are also delivered fully online, where all courses are delivered online.

International students: the impact of studying from outside of Canada on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility differs significantly based on when you start your program. Please review the PGWP eligibility before choosing your program and course delivery.

Course code and Name Delivery Type by Location
Course Code Course Name North Lakeshore IGS DL/Online
Semester 1
CLRE 5000 Introduction to Clinical Research N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5001 ICH and Legislation Governing Clinical Research N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5002 Communications N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5003 Clinical Laboratory Procedures and Diagnostic Testing N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5004 Pharmacology N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5005 Physiology with Pathophysiology N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
Semester 2
CLRE 5500 Non-Drug Medical Products N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5501 Organization and Monitoring of Clinical Trials N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5502 Data Management and Biostatistics N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5503 Seminars in Clinical Research N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5504 Clinical Project Management N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5505 Clinical Documentation N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
CLRE 5610 Professional Preparation N/A N/A N/A Online (A)
Semester 3
CLRE 5600 Field Experience - Clinical Research N/A N/A N/A Online (A)

Work-Integrated Learning  

Following two online academic semesters, students complete a three-month (450 hours) that provides opportunities to apply and integrate theoretical knowledge and skills into real-world work settings. Field experiences 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 field experience sites, and assessments are carried out by assigned supervisors at the site of field experience. While Humber does assist students in finding their field experience by working with industry partners to identify openings, students are responsible for finding their own field experience that is aligned with the learning outcomes of our program.

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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.

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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 in the industry, interactions with medical personnel (nurses and physicians) and plenty of travelling are 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 the planning and execution of clinical trials.

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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.


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-hour 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 Humber Experience

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.


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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 the quality of life.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
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Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students in Canada who apply for September 2024 start could be eligible for an automatic scholarship*. Apply now

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Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
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Sep 2024 Online Online Not Available

Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

Please note the new International Admissions Process and Provincial Attestation Letters. Read the update

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Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

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Domestic Applicants Enquiries

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International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Aparna Bhan, program manager
aparna.bhan@humber.ca

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Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

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, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

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

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Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on the following three 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 all listed course requirements.

    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.

  • 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 credential evaluation. Note, for international High school education course by course evaluations, ICAS must be used. For international post-secondary education, a WES evaluation must be provided. In situations where you expect to apply for transfer credit, it is recommended that a course by course WES evaluation is completed.

    Please note: A WES course by course evaluation is required for this program.

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 (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
Intel i5-8300H (PC)
4-core or higher 64bit (Mac)
OS Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
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

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Aparna Bhan, program manager
aparna.bhan@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

The 2024/2025 fee for three semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,501.08
  • international: N/A

Fees are subject to change.

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Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

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.

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  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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