With a steadily growing market in the medical research field in the southern part of the Lone Star State, new training programs are being developed to meet the needs of this industry. The latest to join the growing biotech research industry is Galveston College in conjunction with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).
The Board of Regents of the Galveston Community College District has recently approved two programs that will provide education for students to become clinical research coordinators – a necessary component of medicinal research in the region. The new offering will consist of studies to receive an Advanced Technical Certificate as a Clinical Research Coordinator as well as a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree as Clinical Research Coordinator. The ability of the schools to combine efforts and offer these programs has been made possible by a $50,000 grant. The money comes from the University of Texas Medical Branch’s President’s Cabinet Awards, which is administered by Dr. David Callender.
The new program being offered in clinical research coordination for Galveston area students is currently accepting applications, and the first students will begin studies in the fall of 2013. The certification program and the degree program will provide students with the knowledge, training and abilities necessary to coordinate clinical research trials that can help make discoveries and changes to a variety of types of medicines for many different illnesses and diseases.
Offering this training to students in the region will enhance the future of the growing Texas biotech industry, particularly in the Galveston area. To learn more about the program, visit Galveston College.