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Frequently Asked Questions

General Program Information

  1. What are Clinical Trials (CT) and who are CT professionals?
  2. How do I contact UGA’s Clinical Trials Program Office?
  3. I am a working professional and do not have time to devote to a full-time program. What are my options to participate in these programs? Will I need to take time off from work to participate?
  4. Are these programs offered as full time programs?
  5. I have an undergraduate degree in a non-healthcare or non-science area. Can I apply to the CT program?
  6. Is the CT program self-study or self-paced?
  7. Am I able to complete the CT Certificate program in one semester? Are all Certificate Program courses offered each semester?
  8. Am I able to complete the CT Certificate if I am living outside of Georgia?
  9. At the conclusion of this program, is there a job placement service within UGA?
  10. What are the credit hours for the CT Certificate?
  11. Are the courses in the CT Certificate Program able to be applied to the MS in Regulatory Affairs degree program if I decide to apply?
  12. Does this program accept transfer credits from other accredited graduate institutions?
  13. I am a current graduate student at UGA in another program. Will courses in this program count toward my other program of study?

Applying to the Program

  1. How do I apply for the CT certificate program?
  2. Is there a required admissions test for the CT certificate program?
  3. What is the deadline for application? What is the application deadline for materials in order to be considered for admission into one of the programs, including the MS program?
  4. How do I contact the UGA Graduate School?

International Applicants

  1. Are international students able to apply for this program?
  2. How do international students apply for this program? Deadlines?
  3. Does this department offer sponsorships for international students?
  4. Do I need to provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for the Certificate Program? What is the minimum score required?

Registration, Fees and Payment

  1. May I take a single course without going through the application process?
  2. How can I find out when or what CT courses will be taught in a given semester?
  3. How do I register for courses in the program?
  4. What is the deadline to register for the certificate program courses?
  5. How much does the Clinical Trials Program cost? E-Rate?
  6. How do I pay for the courses that I take?
  7. When is the payment for my classes expected?
  8. Does the Regulatory Affairs Office offer financial aid?
  9. Dropping, Adding, Withdrawing and Refunds of classes,: click here

Distance Learning & Computer Technologies

  1. I am not certain I am cut out for distance learning. How might I assess my motivation and interest in this type of learning?
  2. How does an online course work?
  3. Do I have to purchase books and course materials separately?
  4. What is eLC? How does it work?

General Program Information

  1. What are Clinical Trials (CT) and who are CT Professionals?
    The Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate program provides a solid foundation in the effective design, management and monitoring of clinical trials. The interdisciplinary program encompasses biostatistics, regulations, project management, and bioethics in the context of drug and device testing and commercialization. CT Professionals manage the development and implementation of scientifically valid clinical study design including monitoring of clinical trials and directing daily clinical trial operation
  2. How do I contact the UGA CT Program?
    The CT Program is administered through the UGA BioPharma Regulatory Affairs Program. To contact the RA Office, you may use this link, contact us, or you may email us at regaffairs[@]rx.uga.edu. Our office phone number is 678-985-6809. The mailing address is: Office of the BioPharma Regulatory Affairs The University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus 2530 Sever Road Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-4005 Phone: 678-985-6809 Fax: 770-357-3805.
  3. I am a working professional and I do not have the time to devote to a full-time program. What are my options to participate in these programs? Will I need to take off from work to participate?
    Our programs are geared toward the working professional. This program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis. The primary mode of delivery is via the world wide web (about 96%). However, a few face-to-face meetings (about 4%) are required. These face-to-face meetings are generally conducted on weekends at the UGA Gwinnett Campus . For out-of-state students, live meetings may be scheduled via teleconference or web conference.
  4. Are these programs offered as full time programs?
    No. This program is offered as a part-time program only.
  5. I have an undergraduate degree in a non-healthcare or non-science area. Can I apply to the RA or CT program?
    The CT profession is multi-disciplinary. These professionals often come with diverse backgrounds. Generally, most have either a science or technical background. CT professionals are often required to understand scientific, engineering, or technical concepts. Yet, CT Professionals also need skills in communication, negotiation, project management, and financial management, to name just a few. If you are interested in our program but you do not possess the science or technical background, we encourage you to seek out volunteer opportunities (such as at your local blood bank); and, in your program application, provide a description of your interest in this profession emphasizing your existing skills (such as experience with Project Management).
  6. Is the CT program self-study or self-paced?
    No. This program is not self-study, nor done at a self-paced format. It operates on traditional academic semesters. Each week students have learning exercises and assignments.
  7. Am I able to complete the CT Certificate Program in one semester? Are all Certificate Program courses offered each semester?
    No. Generally, one to two classes per semester are offered. Since the CT Certificate Programs consist of multiple courses, you are not able to complete the program in one semester. It may take a minimum of two to three semesters for this program.
  8. Am I able to complete the CT Certificate if I am living outside of Georgia?
    Yes. Courses are offered online using eLC, a web-based course management system. These programs can be completed via the web with some live sessions via teleconference or web conference. Therefore, out-of-state residents can fully participate in the program. However, the applicant should ensure that The University of Georgia is authorized to offer online courses in the student's state of residence. Please be sure to review the state authorizations at online.uga.edu/accreditation-state-authorizations.
  9. At the conclusion of this program, is there a job placement service within UGA?
    At present, the UGA Regulatory Affairs Office does not have a formal job placement service. However, the program administrators have contacts throughout industry and will post available job opportunities on the web or through email. It is the student's responsibility to follow up on these postings. Furthermore, students in the program may take advantage of UGA's Career Center. For additional information on the Career Center, please visit: www.career.uga.edu.
  10. Credit Hours: What are the credit hours for the CT Program ?
    CT Certificate Program is a total of 17 semester hours or 5 courses. Those courses are PHAR 6010E, PHRM 7230E, PHAR 7100E, PHAR 6200E and PHAR 6210E.
  11. Are the CT Program courses able to be applied to the MS in Regulatory Affairs degree program if I decide to apply?
    Yes, the credit hours earned in the CT Certificate Program can be applied to the Master’s. Like all graduate credit hours, however, there is a time limit on the credit hours you accumulate in the certificate program. All requirements for a master’s degree must be completed within eight years beginning with the first registration for courses, including the Certificate Program courses, on the student’s program of study. grad.uga.edu/index.php/current-students/policies-procedures/academics/types-of-degrees-offered/masters-degrees/.
  12. Does this program accept transfer credits from other accredited graduate institutions?
    No, the Clinical Trials Certificate Program is only 17 credit hours in length. As such, it does not accept transfer credits.
  13. I am a current graduate student at UGA in another program. Will courses in this program count toward my other program of study?
    Our office cannot say if our courses will count toward your other academic program. You should clear all course work with your academic advisor first. You should also be aware that if you are dually enrolled in our Masters Program, the use of credit hours used to satisfy the requirements of one degree cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of another degree program. For additional information on this Graduate School policy, please visit grad.uga.edu/index.php/current-students/policies-procedures/academics/use-of-credit/.

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Applying to the Programs

  1. How do I apply for one of the programs?
    It is the applicant's responsibility to familiarize her/himself with the application criteria and to meet all noted deadlines. Please visit the admission criteria page for information on applying to the CT Program.
  2. Is there a required admissions test for the CT Certificate Program, like the GRE (Graduate Records Examination)?
    For the certificate program, there is no admissions test required. The GRE is required only for consideration for admission into the MS program.
  3. What is the deadline for application? What is the application deadline for materials in order to be considered for admission into the CT Program?
    The Clinical Trials Certificate Program has a single admission cycle - one (1) time per year. For domestic applicants, this is for Fall Semester Admission with a deadline of June 1st. For International applicants, this is for Fall Semester Admission with a deadline is April 15. Our program will accept applications on an on-going basis. However, to be admitted for a specific semester, your completed applications must be turned in to our office and to the UGA Graduate School by the deadline noted. Applicants are responsible for completing a timely application. The Regulatory Affairs Office and UGA Graduate School are not responsible for delays caused by postal service. Remember that Departmental deadlines supersede the Graduate School deadlines.
  4. How do I contact the UGA Graduate School?
    The URL for the UGA Graduate School is grad.uga.edu/. The main phone number is 706-542-1739. For admission or application questions, you may email the Graduate School office at gradadm@uga.edu. For enrolled students, you may email the Graduate School at gradinfo@uga.edu.

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International Applicants

  1. Are international students able to apply to this program?
    Yes. We welcome international applicants. In addition to the academic department and UGA Graduate School admission materials, prospective international students are required to provide additional supplemental materials. Please review grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/international-application-information/.
  2. What are the international student application deadlines?
    Application Deadlines – The CT Deadline for international applicants is: • Fall semester - April 15. We offer only 1 admission cycle for the CT Program.
  3. Does this department offer sponsorships for international students?
    No. At this time, the Regulatory Affairs Office does not offer sponsorship (various visas or assistantships).
  4. Do I need to provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for the CT Certificate Program?
    TOEFL scores are required for all programs if you received your last degree from an institution where English is not the primary language. Therefore, you will need to provide official copies of your TOEFL scores to the UGA Graduate School in order to be considered for admission. Official scores are those sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions by Educational Testing Service. The scores may not be more than two years old. The minimum scores are: 213 (computer-based test)

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Registration, Fees and Payment

  1. May I take a single course without going through the application process?
    No. Should you decide to take a single course on a one-time basis for professional development, you will need to apply to the program as a certificate applicant (non-degree seeking) and pay the tuition and fees.
  2. How can I find out when or what CT courses will be taught in a given semester?
    Please refer to our Enrolled Students page where courses will be listed.
  3. How do I register for the courses in the program?
    Upon official admittance into the program, you will be notified through email of the specific directions for course registration by a representative from the RA Department. Students will then need to register for selected courses using the UGA ATHENA system at athena.uga.edu/. This is an online registration system.
  4. What is the deadline to register for the CT Certificate Program courses?
    Students can register anytime up to the start of classes. Once classes have commenced, the student will have about two weeks to register and pay for classes. Late fees may be charged within those two weeks. Refer to the Registrar's Office for specific information.
  5. How much does the RA and CT programs cost? What is the E-Rate?
    Starting Fall Semester 2011, the University of Georgia will implement a new E-rate tuition schedule. Always check the Bursar's Office website for the most recent tuition costs. The URL is: busfin.uga.edu/bursar/ as tuition is subject to change. Applicants and student are responsible for keeping up with tuition costs. Under the new E-rate, tuition is broken down as follows: • Courses - cost per credit hour • Activities Fee - cost per semester • Technology Fee - cost per semester • Institutional Fee - cost per semester • Green Fee - cost per semester • . See also our Tuition page.
  6. How do I pay for the courses that I take?
    At the completion of the registration process through the UGA ATHENA system, you will be prompted to identify your method of payment. Your options are to pay with a credit card or to pay by check which can be sent through the mail.
  7. When is the payment for my classes expected?
    Student Account Payment Deadlines are listed at the Bursar's Office website. The URL is: busfin.uga.edu/bursar/bursar_quick_links/. Please review this site for information on when payment deadlines.
  8. Does the Clinical Trials Program offer financial aid?
    No. Furthermore, generally certificate programs do not qualify for assistance. However, all financial aid is handled through the UGA Office of Financial Aid. For information on general financial aid opportunities of which you may take advantage, please go to www.uga.edu/osfa/. For questions on financial aid, please direct those inquiries to the Financial Aid Office.
  9. Dropping, Adding, Withdrawing and Refunds of fees questions:
    Please refer to this URL for specific information on dropping, adding or withdrawing, http://ra.rx.uga.edu/program_info/clinical_trials_certificate/policies.php.

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Distance Learning and Computer Technologies

  1. I am not certain I am cut out for distance learning. How might I assess my motivation and interest in this type of learning?
    To determine whether online learning may or may not be appropriate for you, students and applicants are advised to assess their readiness, goals, and learning preferences prior to beginning an online course. To help students make the right decision about enrolling in an online program or course, we highly encourage you to read What Make a Successful Online Student? at www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/StudentProfile.asp.
  2. How does an online course work?
    These 15-16 week courses (11 weeks for summer semester) are divided into "content modules" each lasting between 1 to 2 weeks. It is primarily asynchronous learning, i.e. you will not have to be online at a specific time or date. There will be times, however, when you must be online at a specific time and date. These synchronous learning opportunities will be announced to the class ahead of time. In addition, you will have weekly lectures, assignments, quizzes and other exercise, all of which are outlined in the course syllabus.
  3. Do I have to purchase books and course materials separately?
    Yes. All texts and course materials must be purchased separately. The students will be given specific instructions on purchasing materials prior to the start of class. It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she has these materials.
  4. What is eLC? How does it work?
    eLC (e-Learning Commons) is the course management system used to deliver course content. It is an intuitive program allowing those students with minimal computer experience to participate in on-line learning. For more information on eLC, please visit elc.uga.edu. During the Program Orientation, the Regulatory Affairs office provides training and instructions on eLC to those students without experience.

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