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UC Blue Ash Expands Clinical Research Program

Popular program doubles the number of classes for the fall.

Date: 6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Pete Gemmer
Phone: (513) 936-1632

UC ingot   Beginning this fall, the Clinical Research program at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College is doubling the number of classes to accommodate more students.

Clinical Research is a one-year certificate program designed for working professionals who want to advance their career in clinical research coordination, clinical data management, safety, regulatory affairs or quality assurance. Students who enroll should have a bachelor’s degree or previous experience in clinical research.  

The program has been growing in popularity and was at capacity last year, with more than 25 students. This year there will be additional course offerings that provide more options for students. “This will be the first time we have offered both in-person and hybrid options,” said Karen King, a biology professor who oversees the Clinical Research program at UC Blue Ash. The hybrid courses provide a mix of online classes with three in-person classes per semester.

King attributes the increased demand to word of mouth about the quality of the Clinical Research program. Several companies have sent their current employees or recruited new staff through the program over the past 14 years with excellent results.  

Wendy Shoger, the director of clinical research development for Apex Eye in Cincinnati, has found it to be a great resource. “We have developed a flexible, part-time apprentice program where we have attracted several students from the Clinical Research program at UC Blue Ash,” she noted. “Compared to academic and hospital-based research, we are smaller but still need high-quality resources. This program has been a win-win for both.”

Students in the program occasionally come from organizations outside the region, such as the Cleveland Clinic, but most work locally. Meredith Dees is a Regulatory Specialist II for CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, which is headquartered in Blue Ash. “While I have a BS and MS in biology, I had little experience in the field of clinical research. This program helped me understand what goes into a clinical research study from all levels – site, sponsor, and a Contract Research Organization.”

For more information about the Clinical Research program at UC Blue Ash College, contact Dr. Karen King at (513) 745-5617 or Karen.king@uc.edu. The application deadline for the 2013 fall semester at UC Blue Ash is July 15.

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