Clinical & Translational Science

Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

The CTS Certificate program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners who are seeking exposure to clinical and translational research competencies, but who are not interested in or ready for a Master's program.  The CCTS, along with the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Research concentration (MS-BIOM-CR), is an educational component of the UNM School of Medicine - Research Education Office (SOMREO).  It was founded as part of an initiative to integrate and expand the reach of biomedical research from the laboratory to clinical and medical practice: promoting a bench to bedside to community effort. Increasingly, pressing global health problems have led educators to accelerate the training of clinical, basic science, and translational researchers. Therefore, this program will provide students the basic tools necessary to translate scientific discovery into actionable solutions.

The CCTS program is open to students seeking a graduate degree in a basic science, public health, medical, clinical, engineering or social science discipline (M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., Sc.D.). Individuals who have already completed graduate training in these areas and are receiving additional training at UNM (i.e. post-doctoral and clinical fellows), or are currently employed at UNM as junior faculty, are eligible to participate. Admission standards include competitive standardized tests scores (i.e. MCAT, GRE) and strong academic records. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who exhibit ability to effect multi-modal communication with fellow learners, colleagues, instructors and other members of the health care and research communities. Finally, the one-year program schedule is intensive, so regular attendance and in-class participation is required.

ANNOUNCEMENT: To all training grant applicants (institutional and individual) and Clinical Fellowship and Residency Program Directors: The Master of Science in Clinical Research and related Certificate programs are excellent opportunities to provide training to Clinical or Research Fellows and/or Junior Faculty. However, due to the limited space available and the increased interest and demand, a Letter of Institutional Support signed by Dr. Shiraz Mishra, MSCR/CCTS Program Director, must be obtained PRIOR to listing these training programs in any internal or external grant applications. Please contact SOMREO more information.

The CCTS is designed to enhance academic success, persistence, retention, scholar satisfaction, and graduation from UNM through the attainment of competencies.  Courses will address “Level 1” competencies, or the basic language and understanding of the particular domain, in domains considered essential for clinical and translational research.

The CCTS has high expectations of its scholars; to ensure success you must work cooperatively with faculty and staff to develop a personalized education plan and as a CCTS scholar you must make a commitment to the responsibilities and policies as outlined below:

  1. Be responsible for understanding and abiding by all academic policies, graduation requirements, class and seminar schedules, and program related procedures outlined in the UNM Catalog, HSC Code of Conduct, contents of the CCTS Orientation binder/handbook, course syllabi, etc.
  2. Perform at a high standard of excellence and integrity in all of your work. Complete original work for all assignments and earn a B or better in all coursework.
  3. Be respectful of the time and efforts of all members of the interdisciplinary team (professors, thesis advisors/mentors, administrators) and communicate any needs, challenges, and/or concerns as or before they arise.
  4. Attend and actively participate in all courses and class meetings as scheduled, including timely arrival and departure and minimal external distractions (pages, phone calls, texts, emails, etc).  The program schedule is predetermined and intensive, so regular attendance in each course is required. Scholars are expected to arrange their personal vacations and professional obligations to avoid routine interruption of in-class participation.  Instructors may require scholars to use distance learning technology (such as Skype) to participate in the class if they must travel away from Albuquerque during the course period.
  5. Personal time away from the program should be planned during the breaks listed on the annual schedule. 


Mailing Address

School of Medicine Research Education Office
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-1887
Fax: (505) 272-8738



Physical Location:
UNM Health Sciences Center (North Campus)
Reginald Heber Fitz Hall (Building 211)
Room B61