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Clinical Research Associate Certificate

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Clinical Research Associate Advanced Certificate


Advanced Certificate Program

A clinical research associate is a professional who monitors the administration and progress of a clinical trial (pharmaceuticals, biologics or devices) on behalf of a sponsor. This certificate program, which is registered with the New York State Education Department, is designed to provide a focused course of study for individuals seeking to position themselves for certification as a clinical research associate. It will also provide knowledge and skills of clinical excellence in monitoring scientific studies toward the advancement of knowledge and improvement of health.


Course Requirements

Clinical Research Associate
Degree: Certificate

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSA 608

Research Methodology & Design

This course reviews and critically analyzes components of research design, including collection of data. Emphasis is placed on the professional as producer and consumer of research. Course is only available to Long Term Care certificate students.

Prerequisites: None

HSA 648

Introduction to Health Care Finance

This course is designed to introduce the learner to a broad range of concepts and skills involved in planning, budgeting and controlling in health care organizations. The emphasis in this course is on managerial as opposed to financial accounting and on issues carried out at the department or organizational level rather than the system level. This course is required for the long-term care certificate.

Prerequisites: HSA-615 or be in the Clinical Research Associate Certificate program.

HSA 653

Legal & Ethical Issues in HCO

This course addresses legal and ethical issues frequently encountered by health care managers. Topics include the constitutional basis for government support of health care services and constraints that law and regulation impose on the health care industry. Bioethical theory, policy formulation and decision making in the professional setting are also included. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation, choices regarding death, liability of health care providers and governing board and medical and health care staff responsibilities.

Prerequisites: HSA-615

HSA 672

HSA Practicum

This course provides the opportunity for the application of theories and principles of classroom learning in an area of the health care system. There is a requirement of three credit-hours (120 clock hours) of field work under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty. Students meet as a group periodically during the semester. Attendance at these integrative seminars and completion of practicum objectives is required.

Prerequisites: HSA-608 HSA-615 HSA-616 HSA-648 HSA-649


One elective from SOC 600, HSA 682, or HSA 656

Choose one elective from SOC 600, HSA 682, or HSA 656
Total 15

Total required for Certificate in Clinical Research Associate: 15



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Admission Requirements

The admission requirements common to all certificate programs are listed here. Requirements that are specific to a given certificate program are included under each program’s listing. Action on an application begins when the application, application fee and the official transcripts have been received. In addition to the application procedure, all candidates must demonstrate evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program as shown by one of the following (all grade point averages (G.P.A.) are based on a 4.0 system):

  1. A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0
  2. A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.7 with a 3.0 or better in the second half of undergraduate work
  3. A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.7 with a 3.0 or better in the major field.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the online graduate application
  2. Submit and admissions statement/ essay specifically addressing how the program will be of benefit to you and the community that you serve. Statement should be about 250 words.
  3. Provide official transcripts from ALL prior colleges.
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation from an employer, professional supervisor, colleague or previous professor.
  5. Submit a current resume
  6. Possess relevant work experience and/ or a related degree.
  7. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college in a health care discipline. * Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in the field.

Health Services Administration Department

The health services administration department offers a bachelor of science degree in health services management, health analytics, public health, as well as a master of science degree in health services administration, a doctorate in health administration, and three advanced certificates in health services administration, long-term care and clinical research associate. The undergraduate programs are described in the undergraduate catalog.

The health services administration department offers graduate courses in fall and spring semesters primarily with limited offerings in summer sessions. Graduate classes are delivered full on campus, fully online (distance learning) and hybrid ( a mix of on campus and distance learning). On campus courses are offered on Monday through Thursday nights from 5:30 - 8:15 PM.