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The program curriculum includes didactic instruction in the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical research design; a mentored research project; and seminars on recent advances in clinical and translational science. The Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) consists of 20 credit hours and can be completed in 1 year. Trainees are required to complete a mentored research project that is expected to culminate in a manuscript suitable for submission to a scientific journal. An oral presentation of the mentored research project is required.
A specially-designed knowledge and skills building curriculum has been created to provide advanced training in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) at GHSU. The primary objective of this program is to enable health professionals to perform Clinical and Translational research.
Graduates completing the program should be able to perform each of the following tasks:
- Effectively utilize human subjects in clinical trials
- Carry out basic analyses of clinical research data
- Apply basic epidemiologic principles and tools in clinical research
- Consider relevant ethical and legal issues when designing and conducting clinical research
- Prepare research manuscripts for publication in research journals
- Prepare competitive grant proposals for extra-mural research funding.
It is anticipated that the tuition for either the MCTS program for eligible full-time employees at GHSU would be completely covered under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) once the trainee has been employed by GHSU for 6 months. The only exception would be a trainee who has to take more than 9 hours in a semester in order to make up courses that they failed to take at the scheduled time in the curriculum. Trainees who follow the recommended CCTS Course Sequence or MTCS Course Sequence will never have to take more than 8 credit hours in a given semester.
Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs which includes a Supplemental Form requiring a Personal Statement detailing interest in and motivation for entering the Clinical and Translational Science program and identification of research mentor(s) and current immediate supervisor.
Application Fee: Please visit the Office of Admissions website: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions/
Application Deadline: December 1 - Summer entry
Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: A doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences field (e.g., M.D., D.O., PharmD., D.D.S, Ph.D.); OR a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the health/clinical sciences field from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g., B.S.N., M.H.S) AND a professional designation (e.g., R.N., P.T., O.T.).
Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.
Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions as part of your “Admissions Packet”. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed, and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution.
Applicants for the Clinical & Translational Science program are required to provide transcripts for the highest degree earned. The Dean for the College of Graduate Studies reserves the right to request additional academic records prior to admission consideration.
Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not satisfy this requirement.
References: Recommendations from three individuals are required. Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide information for three individuals as references during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference letter after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference. References are required from each of the following:
1. Research Mentor: Identification of a research mentor is required prior to applying to the program.
2. Immediate Supervisor: The letter must indicate that the supervisor will provide adequate release time for coursework and research to enroll in the MS or Certificate program (two mornings per week for course work and one research day for a total of two full days of release time).
3. Co-Mentor or colleague
GRE Requirement: Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Services (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code. The GRE requirement may be waived for an applicant holding an earned doctorate (or equivalent).
TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 70 internet based Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
Program Specific Requirements
Resume or CV
The formal application and all application materials must be received in the GHSU Office of Academic Admissions by February 1 of the year in which the applicant intends to start the program.
All applicants must apply to either the CCTS or MCTS programs through the GHSU online application for Graduate Programs at GHSU.
Apply online at www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions or contact:
Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building - Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912-7310
Telephone: (706) 721-2725
Toll free: 1-800-519-3388
Fax: (706) 721-7279
A complete application includes the GHSU Graduate Programs Online Application forms plus the following supplemental materials:
- Identification of a research mentor PRIOR to applying to the program. A letter of support from the research mentor must be included with the application.
- A letter from the applicant’s immediate supervisor (usually, their department chair or division director), stating that the applicant will have protected time to attend classes and seminars, must be included with the application.
- One additional letter of recommendation.
- A personal statement giving reasons for wanting to enroll in the CTS program and a description of future career objectives must be submitted as the first step in the application procedure.
- Official transcripts from ALL previous institutions attended. If any official transcript is from an institution outside of the US, a credential evaluation AND a course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents must be submitted with an official transcript. Please see the following link for more information on the credential evaluation service providers: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions/intstud.htm
- Standardized test scores, if applicable.
- TOEFL scores, if applicable.
All materials must be received in the OFFICE OF ACADEMIC ADMISSIONS no later than December 1 of the year prior to the year the applicant intends to start the program. Failure to submit all application materials will delay admission to the program.
For individuals who already have earned a doctoral-level degree (or equivalent), the SGS application requirements related to submission of standardized test scores may be waived. However, all applicants to the CCTS and MCTS programs must still follow the standard application procedures for the CGS and submit transcripts of all post-secondary work completed, as well as 3 letters of recommendation.
PLEASE NOTE: For an application to be complete, all materials must be received by December 1 of the year prior to the year in which the applicant intends to start the program.
Jennifer L. Waller, PhD.
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Biostatistics
Anthony L. Mulloy, Ph.D., D.O.
Associate Vice President for Clinical Research