Galveston College Partners with UTMB to Train Clinical Trial Professionals

Professor William Calhoun of the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston definitely had the legacy of partnerships between UTMB and Galveston College in mind when he proposed the Clinical Trail Coordinator program to Galveston College President Myles Shelton and Dean Vera Lewis-Jasper. A $50,000 grant from UTMB’s President’s Cabinet Awards under Dr. David Callender helped make this partnership real like so many others that the two institutions have enjoyed.

The Board of Regents of the Galveston Community College District approved programs Wednesday night to deliver training and education for an Advanced Technical Certificate in Clinical Trials Coordinator and a full two year Associate of Applied Science degree for Clinical Trails Coordinator.

The Clinical Trials Coordinator program prepares students for careers managing research studies conducted in the development of new drugs and medical devices. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to coordinate clinical trial activities and will understand applicable laws and standards inherent in Good Clinical Practice . The training emphasizes an understanding of the interactions and relationships between key members of the clinical research industry. The program is designed to prepare for entry-level employment in a variety of venues such as: research sites in medical centers, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotech companies or contract research organizations.

Successful graduates of the Clinical Trial Coordinator programs will find beginning salaries of $36,000 and above throughout the regional hospitals and research labs in the Houston metroplex.The program that starts this fall 2012 semester at Galveston College has the advantage of offering 10 one thousand dollar scholarships to students that enroll in the Clinical Trials Coordinator courses.

For more information interested persons may call 409-944-1286.

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