In response to a growing demand for formal degrees in CTS, in 2014 the College of Medicine reorganized their medical science degree to clinical translational science. The new Masters (MS) and PhD in Clinical Translational Science (CTS) degrees, approved by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2014, incorporate T1-T4 curricula into the program to attract more translational investigators. Eligible applicants include those who have completed similar professional degrees such as the PharmD, DNP, DVM, DDS, DSW and those with related advanced biomedical training. The MS program requires 30 credits of graded coursework that includes a substantial research project through the thesis, leading to a Master of Sciences in Clinical Translational Science. The PhD requires 64 credits including 36 units of graded coursework in the major, 9 credits in a required minor, and 18 credits of dissertation research. Each degree has considerable flexibility to customize training for students.
Moreover, UA requires every PhD student to take a minor field of study. This 9-unit (minimum units) minor offers even more flexibility to custom tailor a plan of study as students may take minors to enhance their CTS skills/competencies and/or they may choose research-intensive emphasis areas related to the UAHS' research emphasis areas also include precision medicine, health disparities, neuroscience, and population health.
Arizona Clinical and Translational Science Program (CTSP) Graduate Certificate
The Arizona Clinical and Translational Research (ACTR) graduate certificate program offered through the College of Public Health has served as a significant UA program for training clinical investigators since 2001. The certificate option remains available for students who desire less intense didactic preparation. Since its inception in 2001, the certificate program has graduated 35 students.