Virginia Commonwealth University

Prospective students

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Students who pursue the doctoral program in clinical and translational sciences will enter grounded in a substantive research area and will be prepared to integrate data from multiple disciplines, have strong communication and computational skills and be sufficiently flexible to easily move among different projects and research venues.

See the VCU Bulletins for program details and degree requirements. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for instructions on how to apply.

Meet our students

Read our student profiles page to hear a handful of our current Ph.D. students explain what led them to the CCTR program and why VCU is right for them.

Translational science careers

Translational research is the integration of basic research, patient-oriented research, and population basted research, with the goal of improving health of the public. There are wide ranging career options associated with moving scientific discoveries or processes from bench to bedside. A small sampling of careers include but are not limited to these paths:

  • Academic, hospital, government, or company scientific investigator
  • Clinical research
  • Business development or tech transfer at academic institutes
  • Academic partnership development and management in industry
  • Patent agent at an IP firm
  • Jobs in regulatory affairs with the FDA
  • Policy work with the NIH
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Life in Richmond

To find out more about what Virginia's state capital has to offer, visit VCU's About Richmond page.