Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science

Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science

This program provides entry-level competency training in Clinical and Translational Science and is the entry point for scholars interested in CTS research, broadly defined. The key elements of this certificate are (1) a curriculum focused on core CTS research competencies, (2) mentored research training, and (3) scheduling and programmatic flexibility to support diverse constituencies. Credits can be applied to the MS in Medical Sciences (CTS Pathway) or PhD in CTS. 

Eligibility: 

All CTS scholars must either be enrolled in a UK graduate program or accepted as a graduate student through the Graduate School in order to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science. Full-time UK employees may use the Employee Education Program to cover tuition costs.  Click here for information on the application process.

Curriculum: 

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) requires the completion of the following didactic courses (14 credit hours) including a Research Practicum:

Course Number

Title

Description

Course Credits

Semesters

Offered

BSC 731

Methods and Technologies in Clinical and Translational Science

Overview course designed to introduce students to major CTS methods and technologies, enable students to interpret and evaluate research findings, enhance appreciation for multidisciplinary approaches to CTS, and enhance interdisciplinary vocabulary. BSC 731 Methods and Technologies in Clinical and Translational Science must be completed prior to taking BSC 732.

3

Fall and Spring

BSC 732

Interdisciplinary Protocol Development

Interactive course designed to orient students to leadership and teamwork processes of clinical and translational research and to train students to function effectively in teams. BSC 731 Methods and Technologies in Clinical and Translational Science must be completed prior to taking BSC 732.

3

Fall and Spring

BSC 733

Seminar in Clinical and Translational Science

This seminar course is designed to orient students to the clinical and translational research community and activities at the University of Kentucky and to incorporate a multidisciplinary cooperative approach to clinical and translational research. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of effective scientific communication, responsible conduct of research, and methods and technologies of clinical and translational science to ongoing discussions. The course will consist of four evening seminars focusing on different topics of clinical and translational research, as well as, 3 additional seminars of the student’s choice. Prereq: Graduate standing.

1

Fall and Spring

BSC 534

Ethics and Responsibility in Clinical Research

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of ethical considerations when conducting and reporting clinical research, as well as to provide experience in the practice and application of ethics to clinical science. Prereq: This course is designed for scholars pursuing research training in clinical and translational science to integrate and apply knowledge obtained in previous training. Permission is required from the Course Director for entry into the class.

3

Fall and Spring

BSC 772

Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research

This course is for students that are either actively engaged in clinical and/or translational research or intend to be involved in research in the near future. This courses consists of lectures, demonstrations and discussion sessions on biostatistics for the health sciences. The course activities are intended to promote the application of biostatistics to research concepts in the students’ areas of interest and to foster practical knowledge that supports students’ own research interests. 

3

Fall and Spring

BSC 790

Research Practicum

Research practicum based on a detailed research training plan developed with the mentor that contributes to original research and peer-reviewed publication.

1

Fall and Spring

 

Other Information:

The certificate program is vertically integrated with the MS in Medical Sciences/PhD in Clinical and Translational Science programs. The 13 credit hours of didactic coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science may be applied to the MS in Medical Sciences (CTS Pathway) or PhD in Clinical and Translational Science.

Scholars are also encouraged to attend any or all of the CCTS seminar seriesthe CCTS Spring Conferences, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, and additional seminars, lectures, grand rounds and special events, based on their research interests and career development needs.

Graduate School Requirements

A Graduate Certificate is an integrated group of courses that is designed to have a very clear and focused academic topic or competency as its subject area. Often, a Graduate Certificate may meet a clearly defined educational need of a constituency group, such as continuing education or accreditation for a particular profession; respond to a specific state mandate; or provide a basic competency in an emerging, usually interdisciplinary, area. A Certificate is not a graduate degree program (it is typically between 9 and 15 credits), but it does provide the student formal recognition of the mastery of a clearly defined academic topic.

Graduate Certificates are becoming an increasingly important component of the total range of graduate educational opportunities offered by a modern, comprehensive research university. Often, Certificates are pursued by students who are also pursuing a graduate degree in a traditional discipline, or who may already have earned one or more graduate degrees.

Although formal admission to a specific Graduate Certificate is handled by the Director of the Certificate, a student seeking to pursue a Graduate Certificate must also apply to and be enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Kentucky. Some Certificates may require concurrent enrollment in a degree-seeking program of study, however, many students will be enrolled only in the Graduate Certificate program of study. Note that admission to or completion of a Graduate Certificate does not guarantee subsequent admission to a graduate degree program; that is a separate process, and different criteria prevail. Click here for information on the application process.