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Certificate in Clinical Research

Certificate in Clinical Research

Drive the next generation of treatments and therapies

Next Enrolment

September 25th




Become an essential member of the clinical research process by learning how to protect patient safety, ensure trial integrity, and manage adherence to research ethics, best practices, and regulations.

What You Will Learn

In our part-time Certificate in Clinical Research, you’ll prepare for a career on the cutting edge of this field with instruction from leaders in clinical research who bring a practical perspective to the curriculum. This program will help you:

  • Understand the stages in setting up clinical trials
  • Plan, manage, and monitor clinical research and trials
  • Adhere to good clinical practice including patient consent, privacy, and data integrity protocols
  • Abide by regulations and legislation to ensure that trials are conducted ethically while upholding scientific research principles
  • Demonstrate accuracy and reliability in data collection, management, and analysis

Program Benefits

  • Practice applying clinical trial procedures, regulations, and best practices through experiential assignments, projects, and case studies
  • Advance through the program with the same cohort of peers, allowing you to develop a strong professional network
  • Apply your learnings in an applied clinical research management simulation
  • Balance your commitments with our blended study option which combines live classes with asynchronous online learning
  • Complete the program faster by earning your certificate in only nine months


  • Careers in Clinical Research with Instructor Taymour Bibi [01:02:37] [Watch Now]
    Find out more about this dynamic program and the emerging careers in the Clinical Research field.
    *From 00:23:10 – Instructor Taymour Bibi speaks about the careers in Clinical Research
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    * From 00:19:25 – Instructor Miran Kenk speaks about COVID-19  fundamentally changing medicine in Canada and around the world, drastically altering how we conduct clinical research.

Format: Part-time, Blended
Delivery: Online coursework + occasional required on-campus sessions
Term Starts: Winter, Fall
Program Length: 9 months


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Career Potential

Career Potential

Canada is a World Leader in Clinical Research
Canada currently ranks fourth in the world for number of clinical trial sites. The volume and growth of clinical trials taking place nationally signals promising job and career advancement opportunities.

The Need for Qualified, Confident Clinical Research Professionals is on the Rise
The clinical research and trials industry has quickly entered a new phase, initiated and expedited by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the only university-level clinical research certificate program in the GTA, you will learn about the technological and operational changes this industry is undergoing firsthand.

Get Hired for Jobs Like:
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Trials Coordinator
  • Clinical Study Specialist
  • Clinical Project Associate
  • Clinical Project Manager
Gain These Cross-Functional Skills:
  • Relationship and stakeholder management
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Agility and adaptability to a changing environment
  • Patient interaction and interpersonal skills

Who should take this program?

Prospective students for this program include:

    • Internationally Educated Medical Doctors (IMDs) and Internationally Educated Health Practitioners (IEHPs) who wish to meaningfully apply their existing skills and experience


  • New graduates and early career professionals with a related degree who want to specialize their skills and experience in this growing industry
  • Trained Nurses (RNs, RPNs) seeking opportunities for professional growth and advancement

Enrolment Requirements:

The Certificate in Clinical Research is a direct registration program. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.


Carefully review the prerequisites below to determine if the Certificate in Clinical Research is the right program for you. Individuals who wish to register for this program should have the following:

  • University Degree in Health Sciences or a related degree in fields that can include—but not limited to—life sciences, biology, medicine, nursing, nutrition, physiology, anatomy, pharmacy, pharmacology, kinesiology, biochemistry, epidemiology, or health informatics

English Language Proficiency
The metrics outlined below are recommended levels of competency:

 IELTS (Academic Only) 6.5 (with no score less than 6.5)
 TOEFL Paper  550
 TOEFL Computer  213
 TOEFL Internet  79-80
 TOEIC  736
 Cambridge ESOL  176 (CI Advanced)
 PTE Academic  58
 YUELI AP Level  9
GSPP (Graduate Studies Program) Pass
Duolingo 115

If you have any questions about your eligibility for this program, please contact and we would be happy to assist you.

Delivery Format

Part-Time – Blended

  • Courses combine a hybrid combination of asynchronous (self-directed) online learning and live learning
  • Additional optional live Zoom sessions will be scheduled throughout the program for enhanced engagement
  • Students should expect to dedicate approximately 12+ hours of effort each week to readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, and assignments

Blended Online (Fall 2023): Each course includes 6-8 weeks of online learning plus 2-weekend blocks of mandatory live online learning via Zoom (two Saturdays & Sundays, 9am – 12pm)

Blended On Campus (Winter 2023): Each course includes 6-8 weeks of online learning plus 1 weekend block of mandatory live on-campus learning (Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 4pm)

Please click on “Course Details +” under the “Enrol” tab below to view the detailed course schedule including all live dates.


CSCR1000 Principles of Clinical Trials, Research & Drug Development

This introductory course will orient you to the drug development process and the clinical research function. Pharmaceutical drug development will be used as a model, with some exposure to the development of devices and biologics. Basic concepts in clinical research, such as trial designs, trial phases, randomization, and blinding, will be discussed. By the end of the course, you will have developed a high-level overview of all phases of drug development and be able to explain the key components and principles governing clinical trial execution.

4 Classes

27 Hours

CSCR1010 Regulatory & Ethical Issues in Clinical Trials

In this course, you will be familiarized with the regulations and ethical principles that govern the conduct of research, as well as their practical application in clinical trials. Following the presentation of the historical rationale for regulatory oversight, you will gain familiarity with the definitions and terminology used in laws directing clinical trials, as well as the national and international guidelines that apply to clinical research. By the end of the course, you will possess a strong understanding of the key ethical principles underlying ICH-GCP and their application in clinical research.

4 Classes

27 Hours

CSCR1020 Clinical Trial Design & Planning

This course will provide you with sound knowledge of key clinical trial design principles, including how to design a protocol and other important aspects of conducting a clinical trial. Today’s healthcare industry is focused on following science, and on designing studies that answer important questions that advance the practice of medicine. This course has been developed to help you effectively navigate important decisions typically faced by clinical researchers when designing and planning clinical studies.

4 Classes

27 Hours

CSCR1030 Clinical Research Operations

We will focus on the day-to-day operations of leading a clinical trial. You will gain applied knowledge in financial management, essential documents, recruitment, data management and strategies for safety reporting. Upon completion, you will possess the necessarily skills needed to effectively and efficiently execute clinical research trials.

4 Classes

36 Hours

CSCR1040 Clinical Trial Monitoring

We will examine oversight mechanisms in clinical research operations, including monitoring, audits, and inspections, as well as safety, medical, and data oversight. The primary aim of this course is to empower you with the knowledge and practical skill sets required for end-to-end monitoring activities. You will gain valuable knowledge of monitoring practices which are essential to clinical trial conduct and management.

4 Classes

27 Hours

CSCR1050 Clinical Research Capstone

After the completion of the first five courses and their applied learning assignments, this course is intended to further simulate real-world experience by combining all previous learnings to an applied clinical research management simulation. You will leverage all your knowledge, assignments and experiences to date to further develop your competencies in critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, as well as agility and adaptability, to ensure the successful execution of clinical trials. By taking your hands-on experience to the next level, you will be ready to begin work in the field and add immediate value to any clinical research team.

4 Classes

27 Hours


Taymour Bibi

Taymour Bibi, HBSc.

Nicole Campbell, HBSc, CCRP

Jasmine Grant Clinical Research Instructor 2

Jasmine Grant, M.ED, HBHSc., CCRP

Amin Jagani, HBSc., BPharm, RPh, MBA

Miran Kenk, PhD, CCRP

Lisa Tran, HBHSc.

Advisory Council

Taymour Bibi

Taymour Bibi, HBSc.

Nicole Campbell, HBSc, CCRP

Robert V. Campos, PhD

Netal Desai, MD, MBBS, CCRP

Ronak Dhanak, B.D.S., ACRP-CP, ACRP-PM

Mariana Di Laudo, HBSc., MBiotech, PMP

Lisa M. Goos, HBSc., BEd., PhD

Tracy Heeney Clinical Research Advisory Council

Tracy Heeney, BSc., MRT(N), MBA(c)

Nadia Romano, HBSc.

Julie Szirtes, HBSc., M.Sc.

Certificate in Clinical Research

Fall 2023

(Online + Live Online Classes)

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