Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences Certificate Programs

Offered in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine

Metropolitan College offers two undergraduate-level certificate programs in biomedical laboratory & clinical sciences—one in biotechnology and the other in clinical research.

For those who seek advancement in a laboratory or clinical research setting, or who want to move into these areas, the 16-credit certificates in Biotechnology or Clinical Research offer students the opportunity to update skills and earn a professional credential without committing to a degree program. These four-course programs are designed for students who already have undergraduate coursework or a degree in the sciences, or who are career changers with a degree from another field.

The courses listed below are suggestions only; all students individually design their own certificate with the director according to their academic/professional background and career goals.

To earn an undergraduate certificate, students must have sufficient education or job experience to succeed in their chosen field. Certificate candidates should have at least two years of college, with biology, chemistry, and math, or equivalent work experience. Admittance to a certificate program requires submission of a résumé and application, as well as an interview with the program director in order to determine the student’s goals and design an appropriate curriculum.

Undergraduate Certificate in Biotechnology

(total 16 credits)

The Certificate in Biotechnology is an excellent option for those who wish to obtain advanced training in areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, and cell culture. The certificate provides preparation in various protocols and hands-on laboratory skills in use at many biomedical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies.

Course schedules for specific semesters can be found on the Metropolitan College site or in the Metropolitan College Schedule, available prior to the start of registration.

Suggested courses include:

  • GMS BT 110 Introduction to Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
  • GMS BT 240 Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Quality Assurance
  • GMS BT 404 Medical Virology
  • GMS BT 406 Cytogenetics
  • GMS BT 407 Molecular Genetics
  • GMS BT 408 Immunology
  • GMS BT 411 Techniques in Protein Purification and Analysis
  • GMS BT 413 Techniques in Molecular Biology
  • GMS BT 426 Medical Microbiology
  • GMS BT 436 Human Genetics
  • GMS BT 454 Cell Culture Techniques
  • GMS BT 465 Infectious Diseases
  • GMS BT 532 Histopathology
  • GMS BT 484 Advanced Cell Culture Techniques
  • GMS BT 520 Biology of Cancer

Undergraduate Certificate in Clinical Research

(total 16 credits)

As the link between the biomedical industry and the physician, a clinical research professional assists in the testing and evaluation of new drugs, devices, and procedures. The Certificate in Clinical Research trains health professionals to contribute to the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials.

Course schedules for specific semesters can be found on the Metropolitan College site or in the Metropolitan College Schedule, available prior to the start of registration.

Suggested courses include:

  • GMS BT 104 Medical Terminology I (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 106 Medical Terminology II (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 160 Biotechnology I (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 170 Biotechnology II (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 210 Technical Writing for Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 360 Auditing in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 460 Drug Discovery
  • GMS BT 462 Drug Development
  • GMS BT 470 Technologies in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 530 Introductory Pharmacology
  • GMS BT 540 Regulatory and Compliance Issues
  • GMS BT 550 Clinical Data Management
  • GMS BT 560 Good Clinical Practices (GCP) in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 575 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
  • GMS BT 580 Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Research