MSN: Clinical Trials Research Concentration

Major: Clinical Trials Research
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0719
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Online Clinical Trials 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.

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

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu 
Student Services Manager

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions MSN in Clinical Trials Research web page and on the Drexel University Online MSN in Clinical Trials Research web page.

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 describing why the student is interested in this MSN Degree, specifically indicating their idea for an innovative intra/entrepreneurial project/business.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Copy of Current US RN license required. Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure and Certification Documents.
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International Students: International applicants must possess a BSN (or it's equivalent) and current US RN license. 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 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.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum is based on the following principles:

  • All areas of specialization have in common a core of advanced nursing knowledge.
  • Every graduate must have knowledge and skill in research and the ability to evaluate and apply research findings.
  • The nursing profession anticipates and responds to changing societal, health care and professional needs.
  • The foundation for specialization in professional nursing practice is graduate-level education that builds on undergraduate education.
Core Courses
INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice3.0
or NURS 544 Quality and Safety in Healthcare
NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Major Courses
NURS 582Foundation of Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Trials Mngmt3.0
NURS 583Operational Leadership in Clinical Trials Management3.0
NURS 584Current Topics in Clinical Trials3.0
NURS 585Clinical Trials Research Practicum5.0
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
Total Credits45.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu 
Student Services Manager

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions MSN in Clinical Trials Research web page and on Drexel University Online's MSN in Clinical Trials Research web page.

Advanced Role MSN Faculty

Kristen Altdoerffer, MSN, CRNP, BSN, RN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric and adolescent nursing.
Susan M. Burke, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC (The Catholic University of America) Track Director, Pediatric Primary Care. Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatric primary care, health disparities in children, families under stress, children with special health care needs transitioning to adulthood.
Jennifer Coates, MSN, MBA, ACNPC, ACNP-BC (The University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Critical care nurse practitioner.
Frances H. Cornelius, PhD, MSN (Drexel University; Wayne State University) Chair, MSN Department. Clinical Professor. Environmental justice, community and public health instructional technology, distance learning, mobile learning, informatics.
Brenda Douglass, DNP, CRNP-BC, CDE, CTTS. Associate Clinical Professor. Endocrine, cardiology, pulmonology, sleep disorders, and chronic health conditions
Alecia Schneider Fox, PhD (Candidate) (Widener University) Senior Director Nursing Faculty Affairs and Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Emergency, critical care, trauma, organ transplant and advanced nursing practice. Serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Drexel Chapter of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.
Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC (Georgetown University; Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Women’s health issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Disaster Management and online learning.
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