Clinical Research: Curriculum

The curriculum for the program is single track the first year and self-directed the second year. All students in the program are required to maintain a cumulative average of B or greater in the required classes. Ccourses offered are graded in year one as either pass/no pass or letter grade. With the exception of the IRB modules, all classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Year 1

Course

QH

Fall Quarter

   

PHR-551

Ethics in Biomedical Research and the IRB

2

PHR-552

Introduction to the Regulatory Process: Drug Discovery and Development

3

PVM-546

Principles to Biostatistics I

3

     

Winter Quarter

   
PVM-557 Clinical Trials I (intro to clinical research) 3

PVM-547

Principles of Biostatistics II

3

PVM-553

Observational Epidemiology I

1

IDS-520 Bioinformatics 1
     

Spring Quarter

   
PVM-558 Clinical Trials II (intro to clinical research) 3

PHR-556

Tools for Research

2

PVM-593

Introduction to Grantsmanship

1

PVM-553

Observational Epidemiology II

1

     
Summer Quarter    
PVM-597 Thesis Research 5
     
  Total Quarter Hours Year 1 28
     
Year 2 Course QH
Fall Quarter    
PVM-597 Thesis Research 5
PHR-523 Readings in Clinical Research 2
     
Winter Quarter    
PVM-597 Thesis Research 5
PHR-559 Readings in Special Populations 2
     
Spring Quarter    
PVM-597 Thesis Research 5
PHR-523 Readings in Clinical Research 2
     
  Total Quarter Hours Year 2 20
     
  Minimum of 48 credits to graduate  

Students are required to take the readings courses in the second year although students may also take other electives in topics dealing with Clinical Trials, Outcomes/Epidemiology Research, or Clinical Pharmacology. Classes are tailored to the specific needs of the student and are arranged through the track director of these programs. The students will also meet periodically with the Program Director during the second year to monitor progress on the research project.

A trainee who fails a class or receives a no pass in a course will have an opportunity to retake the exam or rewrite the paper to reverse the no pass grade. Failure to remediate the no pass grade will automatically require the advisory committee to review the trainee's status and officially place the trainee on academic probation for a period of one quarter. In collaboration with the course director, the advisory committee will develop a remediation plan to ensure the trainee has mastery of the subject area covered. Failure in that process or receipt of a failure or a no pass grade such that the cumulative average grade in required courses is less that a B while on probation, will result in termination from the program.

The second year is designed to provide an intense mentored clinical research project under a mentor's guidance and the preparation of a Master's Thesis. Students usually enroll in at least seven credit hours/quarter that are typically research hours (PVM-597 or PHR-598) or elective readings classes. Together, the student and mentor will identify a clinical research project and will submit that project in the form of an abstract by the end of the winter quarter of year 1. The student and mentor will further refine the proposal and the IRB submission must be completed by the summer quarter of the beginning of the second year. Only projects requiring IRB approval will be considered for this program. Basic science projects will not be considered. The student is expected to complete all of the data collection by the beginning of the spring quarter for submission of the thesis by the end of the spring quarter of the second year.

Minimum Credit Hours Required
Successful completion of the clinical research program requires 48 quarter hours as a minimum for graduation along with preparation of, and public defense of a written thesis. Students may opt to take additional hours and can enroll in mentoring internships for up to five additional credit hours per quarter. This option places the student in a clinical laboratory environment 10 hours per week performing research with a clinical research scientist enabling a 12 credit hour per quarter experience. These internships must be established as part of the application process and will require the student and the mentor to come to agreement on the scope and duration of the internship.