MSN: Clinical Research Concentration

Major: Nursing: Clinical Research Concentration
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 46.0 - 47.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The Clinical Research Program is designed for nurses who wish to be involved in clinical trials and research in a variety of roles and settings. Graduates of this program will be qualified to assume roles such as research coordinator, clinical scientist, developer and clinical trials manager or coordinator.

The program provides knowledge and skills in several critical areas:

  • Applying Federal Drug Administration rules and regulations
  • Phases of clinical research investigation
  • New drug-approval processes
  • Drug protocol development
  • Budgeting for clinical trials
  • Informed consent
  • Patient and family issues
  • Business management and marketing for clinical trials

The clinical research field is a hot field for nursing employment — especially for seasoned nurses who have expertise in one or more clinical areas. Many potential employers exist outside the hospital environment — in the community or private practices, with the pharmaceutical and other scientific companies that produce, test, and market new products.

Additional Information

For more information about this program contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor
rf53@drexel.edu
267.359.5691

Admission Requirements

  • BSN from a program fully accredited by NLN and or CCNE.
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60 credits completed. Applications from RN’s with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • Copy of Current US RN license required.
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure and Certification Documents.
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience as an RN.

International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current US RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International Applicants, as well as Immigrants to the US and US Permanent Residents, whose native language is not English, and who have not received a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, and must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. US citizens born on US military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing and reading sections of 79 Plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor
rf53@drexel.edu
267-359-5691

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
Major Courses
NURS 608Foundations of Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Research 4.0
NURS 645Concepts of Clinical Research Management I 4.5
NURS 653Concepts of Clinical Research Management II4.5
NURS 654Pre-Practicum (required for students with less than 1 year experience in Clinical Research))1.0
NURS 655Writing for Publication: Introduction Capstone3.0
NURS 668Practicum, Leadership and Career Development5.0
Total Credits47.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 608Foundations of Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Research 4.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 4
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 5
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
NURS 655Writing for Publication: Introduction Capstone3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
NURS 645Concepts of Clinical Research Management I 4.5
 Term Credits7.5
Term 7
NURS 653Concepts of Clinical Research Management II4.5
NURS 654Pre-Practicum (if required)1.0
 Term Credits5.5
Term 8
NURS 668Practicum, Leadership and Career Development5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 47.0

Advanced Role MSN Faculty

Rita Adeniran, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Build and integrate culturally sensitivity knowledge, principles, and solutions to advance equity, eliminate disparities, and develop leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation . Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, law, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.
Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, CGS, DF-IAFN (University of Pennsylvania) Coordinator, Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Forensic, child, adolescent and family mental health nursing.
Diane DePew, DSN, RN (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Assistant Clinical Professor. Evaluation, competency, test development and item writing, continuing education, accreditation, educational design, leadership management.
Jill Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing education and rehabilitation nursing.
William Lorman, PhD, JD, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN (American Institute). Assistant Clinical Professor. Addiction and mental health.
Marylou K. McHugh, RN, EdD (Teachers College; Columbia University). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, contemporary nursing faculty track.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing.
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, MSN, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Track. Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Patricia A. Riccio, PhD, RN (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research methods and biostatistics.
Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN (Drexel University) Assistant Dean, Clinical Simulation and Practice. Associate Clinical Professor. Adult orthopedic/surgical, emergency care, critical care, and trauma/surgery intensive care.
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alum), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE (Capella University). Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Janet Zimmerman, MSN, BSN (University of Colorado) Director, Clinical Trials Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical trials, nursing care of veterans.
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