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In response to the increasing demand for trained professionals in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device industries, the Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer is offering a comprehensive certificate program in Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs. All courses in the certificate program are taught by highly experienced instructors and welcomed guest speakers who bring added expertise to the program.

Upon completion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of Sponsor, Monitor, and Investigator as they relate to the conduct of global clinical trials.
  • Recognize clinical trial documentation differences for biologics, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Describe differences between regulatory submission requirements of new biologics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines.
  • Discuss the impact of FDA regulations and guidance documents, EU directives, EMEA regulations and ICH GCP on clinical development.
  • Describe the elements of a clinical protocol, an informed consent, monitoring visit reports and a corrective and preventative action plan.

Who should attend?
Those with a Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science in

  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Medical Technology
  • Other fields of study may be appropriate


MCCC has an articulation agreement with Drexel University College of Medicine. Participants who successfully complete the Certificate in Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs may earn up to nine (9) graduate credits when they apply and gain acceptance to Drexel University’s Master Degree in Clinical Research Organization and Management.

For more information regarding the Certificate of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs, please email

Required Courses
  • Foundations of Clinical Development:   Prerequisite for all other courses.
  • Regulatory Affairs Regulations and Compliance (Online)
Elective Courses (Choose one)
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Research Monitoring and Study Coordination
  • Clinical Data Management
  • Clinical Quality Assurance

Foundations of Clinical Development-Remote

Required course

Introduces you to the process of bringing a new pharmaceutical or medical device to market. Principles of good clinical practices and the elements of informed consent as well as regulations and compliance will be discussed. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to describe the stages of development for biologics, medical devices and pharmaceuticals as well as the roles and responsibilities of sponsors, investigators, and clinical research professionals. Textbook required and is available in the college bookstore. Students must obtain the textbook prior to the start of class.

NCPHA-CS001-01 / 3.6 CEU / cost: $1,100  

Dates  Feb 7 – Feb 26 Time   6:00-9:00pm (M, W); 9:00am-4:00pm (SA) w/ 1 hour lunch 

Sessions  9   Instructor  Michael Falkow 

Day  M, W, SA  NOTES SA classes: 12,19,26 

Regulatory Affairs: Regulations and Compliance-REMOTE

Prerequisite: Foundations of Clinical Development

Required: Access to a computer, Microsoft Office compatible software, a web browser (either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) and reliable access to the Internet.

Introduces you to the impact of regulation on clinical development of new biologics, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to describe the differences between an Investigational New Drug Application (INDA), a Biologic License Application (BLA), a New Drug Application (NDA), an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA), and a PreMarket Application (PMA).  You will also gain an understanding of FDA and ICH guidelines and regulations as well as the FDA Bioresearch Monitoring program.

NCPHA-CS008-01 / 3.6 CEU / cost: $1,100  

Dates Mar 1 – Apr 1  Time   Online 

Sessions  Online   Instructor   Michael Falkow 

Day  Online  NOTES     

Fundamentals of Clinical Research Monitoring and Study Coordination-REMOTE

Prerequisite: Foundations of Clinical Development  

Required: Access to a computer, Microsoft Office compatible software, a web browser (either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) and reliable access to the Internet.

The Clinical Coordination and Monitoring course was developed to educate Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) as well as members of the clinical research project team who interact with them. In this course, students are introduced to clinical trial activities as they directly relate to the CRA and CRC job functions while becoming educated in the various facets of clinical trial monitoring including the CRA/ CRC roles and responsibilities, general study design, investigative site selection/feasibility, regulatory document collection, types of monitoring visits, privacy, risk management and fraud in clinical research today. The importance of pre-study, initiation, interim monitoring and close-out visits, including a review of the FDA Guidance on Risk-Based Monitoring, will also be discussed. Online Orientation and 36 hours of online instruction.  

NCPHA-CS005-01 / 3.6 CEU / cost: $1,100 

Dates  Feb 16 – Apr 6 Time  Online 

Sessions   online  Instructor  Jill Johnston 

Day  Online  NOTES       

Clinical Quality Assurance-REMOTE

Prerequisite: Foundations of Clinical Development 

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of current Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and Clinical Quality Assurance (CQA) requirements in detecting study misconduct and fraud in global clinical trials. Additionally, you will learn how to develop an audit plan and conduct site and vendor audits. Included in the course work will be the development of Corrective and Preventative Action Plans. Materials provided. 

NCPHA-CS006-01 / 3.6 CEU / cost: $1,100 

Dates  Apr 5 – May 12 

Sessions online   Instructor  Michael Falkow 

Day  Online  NOTES 

Clinical Data Management  

Prerequisite: Foundations of Clinical Development

Clinical Data Management provides participants with a general overview of the steps involved in managing clinical data in global clinical trials. Traditional aspects of clinical data management will be discussed including the role of the clinical data manager in the development of a clinical trial protocol, the design and completion of case report forms, and the design of the clinical database. In addition, the course will cover methods of data collection and data entry, data validation, data query and resolution, the use of current industry standards in clinical data management, the use of quality control procedures, and interaction with both clinical research and biostatistics personnel.

NCPHA-CS002-01 / 3.6 CEU / cost: $1,100  

Dates Jan 24 –Mar 2    Time   6:00-9:00pm 

Sessions  12  Instructor  Vedrana Susulic 

Day M,W  NOTES   



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