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Clinical Research and Training Certificate (CRTC)

The Center for Quantitative Obesity Research (CQOR) is offering a Clinical Research and Training Certificate to Montclair State University students. The certificate brings together faculty from across several colleges within the University and is designed to increase interdisciplinary interaction between students as well as understanding of basic and applied clinical research. The unique aspect of this certificate is the exposure to more varied clinical fields than what students will typically get from their home department alone. Students can choose the basic Tier 1 certification or progress further and compete the Tier 2 certification. In Tier 1, students are required to complete several online research training modules and participate in research lab tours/demonstrations and journal clubs. In Tier 2, students begin to get hands on research experience in the lab of the CQOR’s faculty while attending research seminars. To become involved in a faculty’s research your application will be reviewed to ensure you are a good fit for their lab. Regardless of how involved the student chooses to be, they will receive training on the basics of biomedical research foundations, privacy and security, and code of conduct in research as well as get a chance to discuss relevant research in a wide variety of clinically related fields.

The certificate can be completed in one semester, but for many it will take longer. In order to maintain active status towards achieving the certificate students are required to attend at minimum one event in each category each semester. Please see below for more details about the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Clinical Research and Training Certificate requirements.

Tier 1

  1. Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
    1. HSR – Students / Faculty Biomedical – Basic Course: All required modules
    2. IPS – Student – Information Privacy and Security Course – Basic Course: 9 required modules in addition to 2 of 5 elective modules
    3. RCR – Students – Responsible Conduct of Research Course: All 6required modules in addition to 3 of 7 elective modules
      Learn more about the CITI program and find detailed instructions for new users.
  2. Research Lab Tours / Project Demonstrations
    1. Complete at least 4 research lab tours or research project demonstrations offered by MSU faculty from various colleges/departments.
      Note: No more than 2 tours/demonstrations can be from the student’s own department.
    2. Submit an attendance verification form and a 1-page report/reflection on what the student has learned during the tour/demonstration.
  3. Journal Clubs
    1. Participate in at least 4 journal clubs hosted monthly by CQOR faculty.
    2. Submit an attendance verification form.
    3. Complete the pre-/post-journal club assignment.

Tier 2

  1. In order to complete Tier 2, students must also complete all the requirement for Level 1 certificate. (Tier 1 and 2 could be completed simultaneously.)
  2. Hands-on Research Experience
    1. Be involved in a research lab/project outside the student’s department. The involvement could be assisting with data collection and/or analysis for at least 20 hours, providing support with other tasks such as literature review, experimental setup, etc..
    2. The participation can be divided between at most 2 labs/projects.
      Note: Some labs might require additional training.
  3. Research Seminars / Talks
    1. Attend at least 3 research seminars/colloquiums at any departments or centers at MSU.
      Note: At least one seminar must be from the outside student’s department.
    2. Submit an attendance verification form and a 1-page report/reflection on the talks.

Note: All submissions will be made through the Learning Management System (Canvas).

Upon the successful completion of the above requirements, students will receive a Clinical Research and Training Certificate of Completion issued by the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University. Interested students should complete the online registration form. Accepted students will be notified by email. Any questions should be directed to