The CTSI Training Program in Translational Science (formerly known as the UCLA K30 Program) was developed to provide clinicians with the necessary training to become successful patient-oriented investigators who can bridge molecular medicine and clinical research. The program has undergone extraordinary growth since its founding in 2000 and supports the development and enhancement of core courses and in-depth training necessary for mastery of the fundamental skills, methodologies, theories, and conceptualizations of translational clinical investigation.
The CTSI Training Program in Translational Science is a cohesive and cross-disciplinary program that grows from a rich history of collaborative research and training efforts among the four partner institutions of UCLA CTSI and affiliate organizations, including RAND in Santa Monica and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Today, the program is an inter-institutional keystone of postgraduate education and training in the health sciences, providing a superior, centralized educational environment and sharing a contemporary patient-centered and community-responsive research orientation, along with a commitment to structured and mentored career development in translational science for faculty and trainees.
The Program's core curriculum is organized into 3 tracks:
Track 1 does not grant any certificate/degree. The seminar modules related to Clinical Research Development are open to interested fellows and faculty, and can be taken as individual entities. Applications are accepted all year for immediate start.
Track 2 consists of a structured two-year part-time program that leads to a certificate awarded by the David Geffen School of Medicine. Applications are accepted February 1 to May 15 for the academic year beginning August 1 of the year.
Track 3 is a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) graduate degree program offered by the Department of Biomathematics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The length of time to complete the MSCR degree, including the requirement of a research thesis, attracts those with career aspirations in academic medicine. Applications are accepted February 1 to May 15 for the academic year beginning September 23 of the year (start of Fall Quarter).
These educational opportunities enable fellows and faculty to:
Our goal is to provide the best possible training for those interested in pursuing a career in translational research. To learn more and start the application process, click here.