The Postdoctoral Certificate Program in Clinical and Translational Science requires:

  • A minimum of 13 didactic credits
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submission of a first-author manuscript based on the results of a clinical and translational research project

If the scholar is able to commit 100% protected time to the Postdoctoral Certificate Program, it is possible to complete the 13 credits and the research project and manuscript in one year. The program may take longer if less than 100% of the scholar's time is available to complete the program requirements.

Coursework component

All coursework for the Postdoctoral Certificate Program is offered through Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A minimum of 13 credits is necessary to complete the program — eight foundational and five elective.

Required foundational courses

Course Credit(s)
CORE 6000: Responsible Conduct of Research 1
CTSC 5010: Clinical Research Proposal Development 2
CTSC 5100: Academic Publishing 1
CTSC 5370: Introduction to Epidemiology 2
CTSC 5600: Statistics in Clinical and Translational Research 2
Total 8

Concentrations and elective credits

Five additional elective credits are required within the 13-credit program. Scholars can customize a curriculum that best meets their individual professional goals or choose to focus their elective credits in a concentration area.

Scholars are encouraged to fulfill electives with clinical and translational science courses (CTSC). Other Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences courses may be considered with approval.

Course descriptions and schedules

The CCaTS Education Programs and Courses webpage provides current and future course schedules (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network to access). Course descriptions appear in the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences course catalog, which can be found in the Quick Links section of the school's intranet website (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network to access).

Course registration

Course registration opens approximately one month before the start of each quarter. View specific dates for each registration period on the MCGSBS Academic Calendar (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network to access).

First-time registrants must complete the Course Registration form (PDF) and email it to the clinical and translational sciences education inbox at Returning scholars register online through Self-Service Banner (SSB). A user guide (PDF) is available to assist with SSB registration (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network to access).

Scholars admitted to CCaTS programs are given priority registration in CTSC classes.