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Clinical Scientist Training Program

Houston, Texas

The Alkek Building at Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Scientist Training Program
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Scholars in the Clinical Scientist Training Program take three courses specifically designed for the program, together with elective courses that fulfill their needs. These elective courses may be at BCM, the University of Texas Health Science Center (School of Public Health, Graduate School, Health Informatics School), Rice University, or the University of Houston (Graduate School, School of Pharmacy).

The three courses are:

  1. Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation -- a 4-week evening course in July (This course is also open to interested people not in the program.)
  2. Clinical Investigation for the Career Scientist -- a year-long course on Monday afternoons
  3. Seminar -- a year-long course on Wednesday afternoons

The Graduate School requires that candidates for a Ph.D. complete 180 hours of term credit (12 per term, with 5 terms in the year, thus 3 years of residency). There is no hour requirement for the M.S. For both the Ph.D. and M.S., scholars must complete 30 credit-hours of graded courses. The FCI course counts as one of the graded courses, and provides 3 of the 30 credits, and the CICS 5. The seminar does not count for the 30 hours' credit. The remaining credits must come from the elective courses.

For the CAQ scholars, the requirement is that they complete the three CSTP courses, and one elective course. They may take more courses if they have the time.

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