Clinical Trials Design and Management

"UCSC Extension instructors are mobilized from industry. They are experienced professionals. The university provides a real network for students from diverse backgrounds."

— Ramesh Aacharya, medical doctor, Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate Program Alumnus


Learn from leaders in the global biopharmaceutical and medical device industries who are changing the world and discovering new treatments and health products every day. The continued success of these industries relies on clinical trials—the complex process of ensuring the safety and effectiveness of new and existing medical products. The UCSC Extension certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management is unparalleled in rigor and quality.  It helps professionals gain a solid and practical understanding of the entire clinical trials process—from drug and device development to monitoring—and provides a foundation in the scientific principles, current regulations, and the ethical issues involved in clinical research.

Because of its comprehensive curriculum and intense focus on best practices in the clinical trial process, this certificate is appropriate for current professionals—clinical research associates and coordinators, clinical program managers and physicians, biomedical and research scientists, nurses, IRB members and administrators, and pharmacists—as well as those new to the field. For those certified as Certified Clinical Research Adminstrator (CCRA) and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) through  Association of Clinical Research Professional (ACRP) many courses in this program qualify for recertification CEUs. Most courses also grant BRN credit for nursing professionals.

Program Format

Courses are offered in classroom.

Credit Required

14 units of required courses, 5 units of elective credit

Program Duration

Most courses take between 4 - 10 weeks to complete. Certificate, if pursued full-time, can take between 9 months and one year

Approximate Program Cost

$ 8,000

(Program costs are higher for F-1 students.)