Fast-Growing Clinical Research Certificate Offered Virtually

uh Jami Fukui, researcher at the Cancer Center, guides a clinical research student.

A new three-month virtual certificate program will prepare participants for a thriving career in clinical research to better serve cancer patients. The Clinical Research Professional Certificate Program (CRPCP), offered by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s Outreach College, is designed to train clinical research associates to support clinical trial efforts at the University of Hawaii Cancer center, affiliated hospitals and pharmaceutical industry.

Students who complete the certificate program will have the credentials needed to enter one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. The field of clinical research is booming in Hawaii. Clinical research jobs are expected to increase by 13% by 2026. The average salary range for a clinical research associate is $85,999 and can go up to $136,000 depending on experience.

The Clinical Research Professional Certificate program runs from August 24 to November 16. The seats are limited. To register click here. for more information contact Lance Haga at or call (808) 956-7221.

Current or future biomedical and research scientists, public health professionals, nurses and allied health professionals, and professionals with a background in the natural sciences considering a career change should consider applying. The program will equip participants with the skills to coordinate cancer clinical trials, manage clinical trial data, and understand research ethics. Courses in the program include an introduction to cancer, clinical research, and the protection of human subjects.

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Clinical research assistants Kristl Nakamura, left, and Cheyenne Tashombe, right, from uh Cancer Center.

Kristl Nakamuragraduate of the certificate program, was immediately hired by the uh Cancer Center to serve as a Clinical Research Associate. Nakamura strongly recommends signing up for CRPCP if individuals wish to pursue a career in clinical research.

“I signed up for CRPCP I didn’t know much about the field of clinical research and wanted to learn more,” Nakamura said. “Taking the course gave me a taste of what it would be like to work in industry and it reinforced my interest in pursuing a career in clinical research.”

Jonathan Chomedical director of uh The Cancer Center’s Office of Clinical Trials said, “The Clinical Research Professionals program will be entering its third year, and the uh The Cancer Center is already reaping the rewards of its success. This has been a boon to our clinical trial program. Clinical trials and clinical research are integral to the cancer center’s mission to reduce the burden of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers.


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