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Drexel University College of Medicine

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


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 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 University College of Medicine 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 an accredited college or university, or its equivalent from another country. Please see the web site for complete admissions information.

Fees: Tuition is $1,005 per credit; discounts on tuition may be available.

Application Deadline: July 10 for Fall; December 5 for Spring; April 11 for Summer

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Boston College

Essentials of Initiating Clinical Research

Chestnut Hill, MA

Start Date: March 8

Length of Course/Program: 5 Saturday Sessions, 9 am -3:30 pm

Course Description: Essentials of Initiating Clinical Research

Program Goals: Provide nurses and other professionals with a thorough understanding of the clinical research process, as well as to provide them with the information and tools necessary to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level Clinical Research Associate or Clinical Research Coordinator position. Summarize the clinical research and drug and medical device development processes and recognize basic research methods and their role in clinical research protocols. Describe roles and responsibilities of clinical research personnel and clinical trial service providers. Define the evolution and role of human subject protections and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Summarize Institutional Review Board roles and responsibilities, informed consent processes, privacy issues, and HIPAA's influence on research. Describe best practices for initiating, conducting, and terminating clinical trials. Describe goals and strategies for subject recruitment and retention, study drug compliance and accountability, and study close-out procedures. Describe processes for monitoring safety, defining, and reporting unanticipated problems and adverse events. Describe quality assurance/improvement systems in clinical research. Describe the role of data management systems in clinical research. Recognize key components of budgeting, evaluating and negotiating contracts in clinical research.

Who would benefit from enrolling: Aspiring Clinical Research Coordinators and Clinical Research Associates - In-house or Field-based, College Students and New Graduates in a Scientific Field, Nurses, Current CRAs or CRCs with less than 6 months experience.

Program Accredidation: Continuing Education Credits

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: None

Fees: $1899

Application Deadline: March 6

Web address: For application materials and instructions, go to:

San Jose State University

Master of Science in Medical Product Development & Management

San Jose, CA

Start Date: Fall Semester - Classes start in August

Length of Course/Program: 35 units / 2 Year full-time; Part-time attendance allowed

Course Description: Managing the complex development of drugs, devices, diagnostics and biologics

Who would benefit from enrolling: Graduates of this program are employed in Clinical Trials Management, Clinical Data Management, Project Management, Regulatory Affairs, Drug Safety, Quality Systems Mgmt, and other positions in the biomedical product development field.

Program Accredidation: WASC

Career Services: Available for students through Program and SJSU Spartan Career Center

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria:

Fees: $900 per unit

Application Deadline: April 1: International and June 1: Domestic Applicants

Web address: For application materials and instructions contact Program Director at

Contact Name: Tonja Green, Program Director

Address: SJSU / College of Science / MPDM Program, MZ 0099
One Washington Square / San Jose, CA 95192-0099

NYU College of Dentistry

MS in Clinical Research/Advanced Certificate in Clinical Research


Start Date: Fall

Length of Course/Program: MS: 2 years full-time or 4 years Part-time, Certificate: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Course Description: To produce competent entry-level clinical researchers who are knowledgeable about clinical research methodology, administration, ethics, and governing regulations, with a programmatic emphasis on Randomized Controlled Trials.

Program Goals: To educate students about fundamentals of clinical research, clinical research regulations, and the process of constructing research protocols and grant proposals; to develop relevant skills needed for effective practice of clinical research; and, to maintain an environment conducive to learning and self-evaluation.

Who would benefit from enrolling: Individuals interested in pursuing an MS degree in clinical research or professionals within industry looking to enhance skills and training.

Program Accredidation: New York University and the New York State Department of Education.

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: Applicants must possess a minimum of a BA or a BS degree and/or a professional degree in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or other relevant professional field. Applicants must submit the following items as part of the admission process: A completed application, either the online version sent electronically or a hard copy.

Fees: The program is set at the same level for the Graduate School of Arts and Science. For the current tuition rate, visit the bursar's website:

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