Clinical Trials Design & Management (Biotechnology)

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Student Spotlight: Emily Morris

Emily Morris worked her way up from administrative assistant to regulatory affairs manager in three years, with help from the Clinical Trials Design & Management certificate program.



What is Clinical Trials Design & Management?

Rigorous clinical trials must be conducted on pharmaceuticals, biologics and devices by sponsor organizations prior to applying for approval to market these products to the public. The work is fast-paced, and the regulations and market change constantly. The industry needs trained professionals, and our program delivers the necessary skilled workforce.

We are located in the heart of San Francisco and Biotech Bay where sponsor organizations, public agencies, and clinical investigators in medical centers and private practice care for clinical trials subjects. Enroll now to enhance your career opportunities, or transition into a whole new career.

Biotech's best days are still to come. It is an industry of fundamentally sound companies creating essential products for improving the health and quality of life of everyone on the planet.

Ted Agres, Deputy Managing Editor, Washington Times

The Clinical Trials Design & Management Program is Now Fully Online

San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning is dedicated to the ongoing training and development in this growing field. All our courses are taught online by active industry professionals who demonstrate a deep level of commitment to their students and the industry at large.

Learn in an environment that provides valuable networking opportunities while learning the design implementation and regulation of all phases of clinical trials.

Classes meet, synchronously, each week online using Zoom videoconferencing technology. Once you register and pay for your course, you may log in to our Learning Management System, iLearn. All course materials are included online.

Bay Area Biotechnology Education

We are located in the heart of San Francisco and the SF Bay Area where sponsor organizations, public agencies, and clinical investigators in medical centers and private practice, care for trials subjects.

Certificate Education & Training

Students may complete a full certificate or simply take those courses which advance their own professional goals. The program is designed to be flexible for working adults by offering all our classes online. Professionals seeking to transition to a new career in Clinical Trials operations (Associate/Coordinator) may take the full Clinical Trials Design & Management certificate. This certificate will give you the language and understanding to begin working in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Our students find great work, and grow very quickly in this important field.

How much does a Clinical Research Associate earn in San Francisco, CA?

The average salary for a Clinical Research Associate is $84,405 in San Francisco, CA. (Salaries estimates based on 86 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Clinical Research Associate employees in San Francisco, CA.)

Professional Biotechnology Faculty

We continue to add new courses upon request of employers and enrollees. We are interested in additional instructors who are working professionals wanting to share their area of expertise. Qualifications include industry experience, teaching skills, academic excellence and a desire to give back to your professional community.

What is a Clinical Research Associate (CRA)?

"A clinical research associate (CRA) is a profession defined by Good Clinical Practice guidelines (ICH GCP).

The main function of a clinical research associate is to monitor clinical trials. He or she may work directly with the sponsor company of a clinical trial, as an independent freelancer or for a Contract Research Organization (CRO). A clinical research associate ensures compliance with the clinical trial protocol, checks clinical site activities, makes on-site visits, reviews Case Report Forms (CRFs) and communicates with clinical research investigators. A clinical research associate is usually required to possess an academic degree in Life Sciences and needs to have a good knowledge of Good clinical practice and local regulations. In the United States, the rules are codified in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations. In the European Union these guidelines are part of EudraLex.