MSN: Clinical Research Concentration

Major: Nursing: Clinical Research Concentration
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 47.0; 80 practicum hours
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in summer 2023 for an update.  

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.

Admission Requirements

  • BSN from a program fully accredited by NLN and or CCNE
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60.0 credits completed. Applications from RNs with a GPA less than 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 following:
    • 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 United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. U.S. citizens born on U.S. 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

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

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
NURS 5003.0NURS 5443.0NURS 5493.0
NURS 5023.0NURS 5483.0NURS 6084.0
 6 6 7
Second Year
NURS 5504.0RSCH 5033.0RSCH 5043.0
 NURS 6553.0NURS 6454.5
 4 6 7.5
Third Year
NURS 6534.5NURS 6685.0 
NURS 6541.0  
 5.5 5 
Total Credits 47

Note: Second Year Fall is less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid will not be disbursed to students this term.

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