Orientation Binder (Handbook)

2020-2021 CCTS Schedule

Announcement and Report of Exam

Annual Activities and Accomplishment Report (download for fillable version): due each May while in the program.

Committee on Studies (COS) forms: 
  • Appointment: due June after admission into MSCR program.
  • Report: due every 3 months.
Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI) Assessments (download for fillable versions):
  • Beginning: submitted with CCTS application.
  • Interim: due June of 2nd and subsequent years in both CCTS and MSCR programs.
  • End: submitted as part of graduation processing in final semester.


Graduate Resource Center Workshops: Calendar

Workshops on a variety of topics for graduate students including; Wellness, Reading Skills and Strategies, Financial Literacy, Time Management, and more.


  • Exit Information Sheet: complete during your last semester.
  • Intent to Graduate: due after your Program of Studies (POS) is approved and no later than semester prior to graduation.
  • All degree requirements (except current term grades) must be complete by the following deadlines:
    • Summer Graduation: July 15
    • Fall Graduation: November 15
    • Spring Graduation: April 15
Learning Plan samples: Permission forms (Release for Use of Name, Likeness, Voice, Image or Performance and Copyright License):

Program of Studies (CCTS) - Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research only due semester prior to graduation (March 1st, July 1st, or October 1st).  See below for details.

Tuition Remission:

Required Courses

The entire program is based on the attainment of competencies.  In the CCTS Certificate Program, with the exception of Biostatistics (BIOM 559), the courses address “Level 1” competencies, or the basic language and understanding of the particular domain, from the domains considered essential for clinical and translational research, which are:

  • BIOM 556  Research Design
  • BIOM 557  Measurement
  • BIOM 558  Study Implementation and Project Management
  • BIOM 559  Biostatistics
  • BIOM 560  Current and Emerging Technologies
  • BIOM 561  Patient Outcomes Research
  • BIOM 562  Epidemiology
  • BIOM 563  Conducting Research within Healthcare Systems
  • BIOM 564  Biomedical Informatics
  • BIOM 565  Cultural Competence
  • BIOM 566  Grantsmanship
  • BIOM 567  Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Compliance
  • BIOM 569  FDA Drug/Device Development
  • BIOM 570  Scientific Writing

Learners attain levels 1 and 2 competencies for biostatistics, which include specific data analysis skills. For degree-seeking students, the 16 credit hours required for the Certificate may be included in, or may be in addition to, the credit hours required for their graduate degrees, depending on the other requirements. Students should work with their advisors to determine the specific requirements for the Certificate and the primary degree toward which they are working.

Required Core Courses:

Course Title Credits
BIOM 556 Research Design in Clinical and Translational Research 1
BIOM 557 Measurement in Clinical and Translational Research 2
BIOM 559 Biostatistics in Clinical and Translational Research 6
BIOM 562 Epidemiology in Clinical and Translational Research 1
BIOM 564 Biomedical Informatics in Clinical and Translational Research 1
BIOM 565 Cultural Competence in Clinical and Translational Research 1
BIOM 566 Grantsmanship in Clinical and Translational Research 1
BIOM 567 Biomedical Ethics in Clinical and Translational Research 1
BIOM 569 FDA Drug/Device Development 1
BIOM 570 Scientific Writing in Clinical and Translational Research 1


For Course Descriptions click here.

2019-2020 CCTS Schedule

2018-2019 CCTS Schedule

2017-2018 CCTS Schedule

2016-2017 CCTS Schedule

2015-2016 CCTS Schedule

Resources available to students through the Student Health and Counseling Office:

  • Counseling Tips for Students/Parents (and Mentors)
  • Counseling Resources
  • Medical Services (Immunizations, Lab and X-Ray, Acupuncture, etc.)
  • Pharmacy

Follow these instructions to receive the Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science only.  If you are continuing for the full Master's of Science, see the instructions for the MS program.

Program of Studies Form:

  • Section 1: Complete with your info.
  • Section 2: "SOM - Research Education Office"
  • Section 3: Complete with your info.
  • Section 4:
    Check "Graduate Certificate Only"
    Degree Abbreviation (Certificate): "Graduate Certificate"
    Major: "Clinical and Translational Science"
    Banner Major Code: "GCERT-CTS"
  • Section 5: Blank
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  • Section 8: Enter the Semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) and Year you intend to graduate.
  • Section 9: Check the year you entered the program.
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  • Section 11: Enter approved Applied Credit (courses taken at UNM as Non-Degree, Extension, or while an Undergraduate) courses here.
  • Section 12: Enter approved transfer (non-UNM) courses here.
  • Section 13: Enter all courses used for the Certificate. Use additional pages if more lines are required.
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  • Section 16: Student and Major Advisor (Committee Chair) sign.

If using the PDF form:

Once you and your Committee Chair have signed, the form should be submitted to the School of Medicine - Research Education Office for Graduate Director signatures, recording, and courier to Graduate Studies.

If using the electronic form:

  • Select all of the CCTS courses in the left side check-box.
  • Core box: select for all of the CCTS courses.
  • Multiple Credential column: select Certificate for all CCTS courses.

Once you have submitted your form on and your Committee Chair has electronically signed the form on, the form will electronically route to the Graduate Director for signature. If the graduate director approves, the form will electronically route to OGS.

At the various steps of approval, emails are generated to the student and notifications are sent to the appropriate reviewer as well.

The student can check the status of the POS (who’s queue the form is in) on

If at any step your POS is rejected/returned for correction, it will be routed back to the student with comment from the reviewer as to what changes are needed on the form.