Clinical Trials Design and Management
Certificate Program

Clinical Trials Design and Management

Building safety into innovation

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Certificate Description

For the protection of trial subjects

Learn from leaders in the global biopharmaceutical and medical device industries who are discovering new treatments and health products every day. You will gain a solid and practical understanding of the entire clinical trials process—from drug and device development to monitoring—and gain a foundation in the scientific principles, current regulations, and ethical issues involved in clinical research.

Clinical Trials Design and Management certificate program objectives

  • Understand and apply Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
  • Distinguish regulatory requirements and differentiate between regulations, guidelines, policies and standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • Identify the roles, responsibilities, interactions and concerns of study site personnel
  • Use coding dictionaries such as MedDRA® and WHO-Drug for adverse event reporting
  • Prepare clinical trial reports, summaries and other documentation
  • Understand clinical trials designs, management, and approval objectives for drug and device development.
  • For successful interactions with clinical sites, investigators, regulators, contract research organizations, and sponsor management.
  • Understand the use of statistics in designing clinical trials and analysis of results.

Cost: $ 8,000 | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 8–10 courses (19 units). Take 6 core courses (15–16.5 units), and 2–4 elective credit courses (4 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete this certificate in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Recommended Prerequisite Courses
Human Physiology in Health and Disease 3.0
Medical / Clinical Terminology 0.5 CEUs
2. Required Courses
Clinical Statistics for Non-Statisticians 2.0 Winter TBD
Clinical Trials Site Monitoring 2.0
Good Clinical Practices 3.0
Principles of Drug Discovery and Development 4.0
Science of Clinical Trials Design 2.5
3. Required Medical Device Course (Choose one)
Medical Devices: Regulatory Strategies and Marketing Pathways 1.5
Regulation of Medical Devices and Diagnostics 3.0 Winter TBD
4. Elective Courses
Clinical Data Management 2.0
Clinical Project Management 2.0
Clinical Research: The Study Site Perspective 1.5 Winter TBD
Contracting with Contract Research Organizations (CROs) 1.5
Data Privacy and Security for Healthcare and Biosciences 1.5
Document Preparation: Protocols, Reports, Summaries 1.5
Drug Safety and Adverse Events Reporting 1.5
Electronic Data Capture for Clinical Trials 1.0
Good Manufacturing Practices 3.0
Medical Writing 2.0
Preparing for FDA Inspections and Conducting Sponsor Audits 1.5
5. Additional Courses of Interest
Biology of Cancer 2.0
Clinical Trials Essentials: An Intensive One-Week Course 3.5
Viruses, Vaccines and Antiviral Therapy 1.5
6. Fee for Certificate Review
Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate Completion Fee None

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Professional Development

Licensure and certification

Extension courses also provide credit toward other professional programs.

Association of Clinical Research Professional (ACRP)

Completion of the Clinical Trials Design and Management certificate program counts as 1,500 hours toward an ACRP certificate. An ACRP certification is optional to practice in the industry.

  • Certified Clinical Research Administrator (CCRA) recertification units
  • Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) recertification units

California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)

Completion of courses in this certificate program often counts toward continuing education units. Registered nurses are required by the California Code of Regulations, Section 1451, Article 5 to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every two years, in addition to paying the renewal fee, to maintain an active license.

Regulatory Affairs

Courses in our Clinical Trials Design and Management program help prepare professionals (with three to five years in the regulatory field) for the Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) exam. An ACRP certification is optional to practice in the industry.

Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.

Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.


Familiarity with medical terminology is required. You can satisfy this requirement by taking Medical/Clinical Terminology, an equivalent course, or substituting relevant work experience. We strongly recommend that students without a medical background take Human Physiology in Health and Disease early in their studies.

Advisory Board

EDWARD ROZHON, Ph.D., chair of the Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, and Clinical Trials Design and Management programs.

EDWARD ROZHON, Ph.D., chair of the Biotechnology and Clinical Trials Design and Management programs, has had a long career in the biopharmaceutical industry as a contributor to the development of drugs to treat viral and autoimmune diseases, as well as several types of cancer. He has worked in both nonclinical and clinical areas of drug development, in the global pharmaceutical and biotech industry, in a contract research organization to support clinical research as well as in academia. He retired from Genentech in 2014 as a senior manager of clinical trials for autoimmune, infectious, and ophthalmologic diseases. On completing his doctorate at Indiana University, he pursued post-doctoral training in neurovirology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and at Northwestern University School of Medicine and was subsequently appointed to a faculty position in microbiology and immunology. He has taught courses in drug development and virology at UCSC Extension since 2001.

Certificate Advisory Board

Clinical Research Operations Manager
Stanford Children’s Health 

Head, Early Stage Clinical Development
Acerta Pharma

Huston Associates, LLC
Senior Director, R&D Operations, Xalud Therapeutics 

Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Ardelyx Inc.
Lecturer, Medical Product Development Management (Master's Program), San Jose State University
Instructor, UCSC Extension Silicon Valley (Regulatory Affairs)

Founder/CEO of Health Wallet
Instructor, UCSC Extension Silicon Valley (Clinical Trials)

Instructor and Chair Biotechnology and Clinical Trials Design and Management programs
UCSC Extension Silicon Valley

Director of Pharmacy, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. 
Instructor, UCSC Extension Silicon Valley (Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs)

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.