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Clinical and Translational Science Programs

Translating Basic Discoveries into improved healthcare.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A specially-designed knowledge and skills building program has been created to provide advanced training in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) at GRU. The primary objective of this program is to enable health professionals to perform Clinical and Translational Research (CTR). It is intended to provide trainees with essential skills in CTR, including hypothesis generation, research design, data analysis, interpretation and dissemination of results, critical appraisal of scientific literature, grant preparation, human research protection, and research ethics. Primary emphasis is placed on practical application of the scientific method, with less focus on theoretical issues.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The CTS curriculum includes didactic instruction in the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical research design; a mentored research project; and seminars on recent advances in clinical and translational science.

Two training options are available:

arrow Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) 

Consists of 14 credit hours of didactic courses, 2 credit hours of clinical and translational science seminars, and 4 credit hours of mentored research. The mentored research project that is a requirement of the CCTS program will culminate in a scientific paper that is suitable for submission to a scientific research journal. The CCTS can be completed in 1 year and courses taken while obtaining the certificate can be applied toward the Masters of Clinical and Translational Science for those who wish to continue. Upon successful completion of the required coursework and the mentored research project, the trainee will be awarded a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science from the GRU College of Graduate Studiesthrough the GRU Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology.


arrow Master of Clinical and Translational Science (MCTS) 

Consists of the CCTS curriculum plus 1 additional required didactic course, 2 additional hours of clinical and translational science seminars, 6 hours of elective courses, and 5 additional hours of mentored research. The mentored research project that is a requirement of the MCTS program will culminate in a grant proposal that is suitable for submission to an extramural funding agency (NIH, RWJ, etc.). The MCTS can be completed in 2 years. Upon successful completion of the required coursework and their mentored research project, the trainee will be awarded a Masters of Clinical and Translational Science from the GRU College of Graduate Studies through the GRU Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology.

Either CTS program can be completed on a part time basis (enrollment in no more than 8 credit hours per semester), beginning each fall. An oral defense of the mentored research project will be used to assess the trainee’s abilities and accomplishments at the end of the program rather than the traditional written comprehensive exam. Both programs are considered to be non-thesis.

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PROGRAM GOALS

The primary goal of both the CCTS and MCTS programs is to provide an educational environment in which trainees will learn how to design and conduct an effective research project. Graduates completing either program should have developed the necessary skills for performing each of the following tasks:

  • Effectively utilize human subjects in clinical trials,
  • Perform basic analyses of clinical research data,
  • Apply basic epidemiologic principles and tools in clinical research,
  • Consider relevant ethical and legal issues when designing and conducting clinical research,
  • Prepare research manuscripts for publication in research journals, and
  • Prepare competitive grant proposals for extramural research funding.

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PROGRAM COST

It is anticipated that the tuition for either the CCTS or MCTS program for eligible full-time employees at GRU would be completely covered under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), once the trainee has been employed at GRU for 6 months. The only exception would be a trainee who has to take more than 8 hours in a semester in order to make up courses that they failed to take at the scheduled time in the curriculum. Trainees who follow the recommended CCTS Course Sequence or MCTS Course Sequence will never have to take more than 8 credit hours in a given semester.

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TUITION and FEES

Graduate Level Tuitions and Fees can be found at the following website (College of Graduate Studies Tuition and Fee schedule) for in-state and out-of-state students. It should be noted that as the Clinical and Translational Science programs are intended for clinical faculty employed at GRU that students enrolled in the program can apply to the Tuition Assistance Program.

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ROOM and BOARD

Graduate Level Tuitions and Fees can be found at the following website (College of Graduate Studies Tuition and Fee schedule) for in-state and out-of-state students. It should be noted that as the Clinical and Translational Science programs are intended for clinical faculty employed at GRU that students enrolled in the program can apply to the Tuition Assistance Program.

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BOOK and SUPPLIES

Costs for books and supplies for students enrolled in the CTS programs are typically $200-$300 per semester when enrolled in didactic coursework.

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PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

The program is intended primarily for GRU faculty members, but clinical fellows and senior residents are also encouraged to apply. In addition to meeting the College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, the applicant must possess:

(1) a doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g., M.D., D.O., PharmD., D.D.S., Ph.D.);

(2) a bachelor's or a master's degree in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g., B.S.N., M.H.S.) **and** a professional designation (e.g., R.N., P.T., O.T.).

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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Throughout both the CCTS and MCTS programs, the trainee's Advisory Committee closely monitors the trainee’s progress. This Committee is composed of at least four members, including the trainee’s research mentor, co-mentor (if applicable), biostatistics mentor, and additional members, as appropriate. All members of the Advisory Committee must be members of the GRU Graduate Faculty.

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HOW TO APPLY

All applicants must apply to either the CCTS or MCTS programs through the GRU online application for Graduate Programs at GRU.

On-line Application for Graduate Programs at GRU

A complete application includes the GRU Graduate Programs Online Application forms plus the following supplemental materials:

    • Identification of a research mentor PRIOR to applying to the program.
    • A letter of support from the research mentor must be included with the application.
    • A letter from the applicant’s immediate supervisor (usually, their department chair or division director), stating that the applicant will have protected time to attend classes and seminars,must be included with the application.
    • One additional letter of recommendation.
    • A personal statement giving reasons for wanting to enroll in the CTS program and a description of future career objectives must be submitted as the first step in the application procedure.
    • Official transcripts from ALL previous institutions attended. If any official transcript is from an institution outside of the US, a credential evaluation AND a course-by-course evaluation must be submitted with an official transcript. Please see the following link for more information on the credential evaluation service providers http://www.gru.edu/Admissions
    • GRE Requirement: Test takers who took the GRE prior to August 1, 2011 were scored on the old scoring scale of 200-800. Test takers who took the GRE after to August 1,2011 are scored on the new scoring scale of 130-170. For additional information on the GRE tests in general, please refer directly to the ETS website at http://www.ets.org/gre/.
      All official GRE scores must be submitted to GRU’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
      The GRE requirement may be waived for an applicant holding an earned doctorate (or equivalent).
    • TOEFL Requirement: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
      Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
      Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

All materials must be received in the OFFICE OF ACADEMIC ADMISSIONS no later than February 1 of the year the applicant intends to start the program. Failure to submit all application materials will delay admission to the program.

For individuals who already have earned a doctoral-level degree (or equivalent), the College of Graduate Studies application requirements related to submission of standardized test scores may be waived. However, all applicants to the CCTS and MCTS programs must still follow the standard application procedures and submit transcripts of all post-secondary work completed, as well as 3 letters of recommendation.

PLEASE NOTE: For an application to be complete, all materials must be received by February 1 of the year in which the applicant intends to start the program.

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PROGRAM CO-DIRECTORS

Jennifer L. Waller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology 

Jeffrey A. Switzer, D.O., M.C.T.S.
Associate Professor for Neurology


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OCCUPTIONS

Students who graduate from the CTS programs can expect enhance their clinical health occupations by adding a research component to their chosen career pathway such as those below found at www.onetoonline.org


Career Pathway

SOC Code

Occupation

Biotechnology Research and Development

19-1020.01

Biologists

Biotechnology Research and Development

19-1029.00

Biological Scientists, All Other

Health Informatics

19-1041.00

Epidemiologists

Biotechnology Research and Development

19-1042.00

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Therapeutic Services

19-3031.00

Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

Therapeutic Services

19-3031.02

Clinical Psychologists

Therapeutic Services

19-3031.03

Counseling Psychologists

Therapeutic Services

19-3039.00

Psychologists, All Other

Therapeutic Services

19-3039.01

Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

Therapeutic Services

21-1011.00

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Therapeutic Services

21-1019.00

Counselors, All Other

Health Informatics

21-1091.00

Health Educators

Therapeutic Services

21-1099.00

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

Therapeutic Services

25-1066.00

Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

Therapeutic Services

25-1071.00

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Therapeutic Services

25-1072.00

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

Therapeutic Services

29-1011.00

Chiropractors

Therapeutic Services

29-1021.00

Dentists, General

Therapeutic Services

29-1022.00

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Therapeutic Services

29-1023.00

Orthodontists

Therapeutic Services

29-1029.00

Dentists, All Other Specialists

Therapeutic Services

29-1031.00

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Therapeutic Services

29-1051.00

Pharmacists

Therapeutic Services

29-1061.00

Anesthesiologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1062.00

Family and General Practitioners

Therapeutic Services

29-1063.00

Internists, General

Therapeutic Services

29-1064.00

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1065.00

Pediatricians, General

Therapeutic Services

29-1066.00

Psychiatrists

Therapeutic Services

29-1067.00

Surgeons

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.00

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.01

Allergists and Immunologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.02

Dermatologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.03

Hospitalists

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.04

Neurologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.05

Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.06

Ophthalmologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.07

Pathologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.08

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.09

Preventive Medicine Physicians

Diagnostic Services

29-1069.10

Radiologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.11

Sports Medicine Physicians

Therapeutic Services

29-1069.12

Urologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1071.00

Physician Assistants

Therapeutic Services

29-1081.00

Podiatrists

Therapeutic Services

29-1122.00

Occupational Therapists

Therapeutic Services

29-1123.00

Physical Therapists

Therapeutic Services

29-1124.00

Radiation Therapists

Therapeutic Services

29-1125.00

Recreational Therapists

Therapeutic Services

29-1126.00

Respiratory Therapists

Therapeutic Services

29-1127.00

Speech-Language Pathologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1129.00

Therapists, All Other

Therapeutic Services

29-1141.00

Registered Nurses

Therapeutic Services

29-1141.01

Acute Care Nurses

Therapeutic Services

29-1141.02

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Therapeutic Services

29-1141.03

Critical Care Nurses

Therapeutic Services

29-1141.04

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Therapeutic Services

29-1151.00

Nurse Anesthetists

Therapeutic Services

29-1171.00

Nurse Practitioners

Therapeutic Services

29-1181.00

Audiologists

Therapeutic Services

29-1199.00

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other

Therapeutic Services

29-2021.00

Dental Hygienists

Therapeutic Services

29-2032.00

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Therapeutic Services

29-2033.00

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Therapeutic Services

29-2053.00

Psychiatric Technicians

Diagnostic Services

29-2054.00

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Therapeutic Services

29-2061.00

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Health Informatics

29-2071.00

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Therapeutic Services

29-9092.00

Genetic Counselors

Therapeutic Services

29-9099.00

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

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ON-TIME COMPLETION RATES

The on-time completion rates for students enrolled in the CTS program is currently 83%.

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MEDIAN LOAN DEBT

No loan debt is expected for students enrolled in the CTS programs due to the type student typically enrolled in the programs.

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