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Drexel University Online

Master’s/Certificate Programs in Clinical Research Organization and Management
On-Line

Start Date: Rolling admissions for fall, spring, and summer semesters

Length of Course/Program: 36 credits for MS; 15 credits for Certificate of Study; 9 credits for Quantitative Principles of Clinical Research

Course Description: Drexel’s online Clinical Research Organization and Management program (CROM) was created to meet the educational and professional needs of individuals employed or conducting investigations in the complex and highly regulated field of therapeutic product investigation. No residency requirement or on-site classes are mandated. Courses are conducted in such a manner as to maximize the opportunities for learning, both from student to student as well as from a highly experienced faculty, comprising outstanding teachers - researchers, administrators, lawyers, and scientists from academia and industry.

Program Goals: The Clinical Research Organization and Management Program (CROM) Master’s program at Drexel focuses on formal training in research administration and development, with emphasis on pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. This program allows students to earn the experience and knowledge necessary to conduct investigations in the increasingly complex and highly regulated clinical field, and introduces students to timely and contemporary industry-related issues. The Clinical Research for Health Professionals (CRHP) Master’s program is designed for those pursuing careers as independent investigators. The curriculum is 5 online courses plus 7 courses devoted to an independent research project. The Certificate of Study program offers an optional professional credential to students who successfully complete five graduate-level courses. The Quantitative Principles certificate consists of three courses – epidemiology, biostatistics, and scientific writing.

Who would benefit from enrolling: These programs are designed to meet the professional needs of individuals employed or conducting investigations in the field. The programs are conducted through a highly interactive eLearning system and are fully accessible to working professionals including study coordinators, study monitors, data managers, project managers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and others working in the field. It is also an excellent program for students with a strong science, mathematical or managerial background looking to enter the clinical research field.

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or its equivalent from another country. Please see the drexel.com web site for complete admissions information.

Fees: Tuition is $1,035 per credit; discounts on tuition may be available.

Application Deadline: April 15th for Summer; July 8th for Fall; December 2nd for Spring

Web address: http://drexel.edu/cr

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

MS Clinical Research and Product Development
On-line

Start Date: Fall semester- Classes start in August

Length of Course/Program: 36 Credit hours

Course Description: UNCW’S MS in Clinical Research and Product Development provides a didactic and rigorous curriculum that is totally online and prepares graduates for mid- to upper-level roles in the biopharmaceutical clinical research industry. An understanding of all the phases of clinical research involving human subjects is fundamental to all coursework. Laws, regulations, guidance documents, and Good Clinical Practice are emphasized throughout the curriculum, in addition to business aspects of the industry, particularly project management and market competition. Faculty have extensive industry experience Including clinical operations, monitoring, research ethics, project management, pharmacotherapeutics, regulatory affairs, medical writing, biostatistics, drug safety, and pharmacoepidemiology.

Program Goals: To prepare graduates to work in research teams in biopharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, clinical research investigator sites, academic medical centers, government agencies, and other associated organizations conducting:

  • Clinical trials necessary to move new drugs, biologics, and biomedical devices through the regulatory process to reach regulatory approval
  • Post-marketing studies required for drug safety and used for label/market expansion

Who would benefit from enrolling: Individuals currently working in the clinical research industry who have experience but lack an advanced degree and desire to further their career within their organization are ideal candidates for our online program.

Program Accreditation: The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees

Career Services: http://uncw.edu/oss/msclinicalresearch.html

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: B.A. or a B.S. degree, preferably in a life science, health care discipline, or mathematics/statistics from a regionally accredited program, completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Admission to the UNCW Graduate School includes UNCW Graduate School application, Current resume or curriculum vitae, Official transcripts of all college work, 2-page essay addressing career goals and interest, and 3 letters of recommendations, at least 1 from a current or former employer. Two years of experience in Clinical Research is preferred.

Fees: In-state $223.59 per credit hour; Out-of-state $808.66 per credit hour

Application Deadline: April 1 of each year for Fall admission

For application materials and instructions, go to: http://uncw.edu/oss/msclinicalresearch.html

Contact Name: Dr. Jim Lyon

Address: 601 South College Road

Boston College

Clinical Research Certificate Program
Chestnut Hill Campus, Newton, MA

Start Date: Open enrollment for Fall, Spring and Summer courses

Length of Course/Program: 48 Contact Hours. All three courses can be completed in less than four months.

Course Description: Three multidisciplinary courses have been designed for professionals interested in moving into the field of pharmaceutical/clinical research. Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies seek out nurses or people with a science background for these roles because they have a scientific knowledge base, good interpersonal skills, and experience working with physicians and other nurses. This full certificate program provides you with the tools you need to become successful in today's rigorous marketplace.

  • Essentials of Initiating Clinical Research
  • Project Management in Clinical Research
  • Transitioning into a Career in Clinical Research

Program Goals: This full certificate program provides you with the tools you need to become successful in today's rigorous marketplace.

Who would benefit from enrolling: These multidisciplinary courses have been designed for professionals interested in moving into the field of pharmaceutical/clinical research. Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies seek out nurses or people with a science background for these roles because they have a scientific knowledge base, good interpersonal skills, and experience working with physicians and other nurses. This program is beneficial for professional already working in the field who have never had formal training.

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: No Eligibility Requirement or Admissions Process

Fees: $1899

Application Deadline: First come – First serve

Web Address: www.bc.edu/ce

Contact Name: Maryanne Kirby

Address: Boston College Continuing Education, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Maloney Hall, 280, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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