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  • MSN: Clinical Trials Research


    Drexel University's accredited online MSN: Clinical Trials Research provides nurses with an opportunity to become leaders in an exciting and constantly-expanding field. Developed by Drexel’s top-ranked College of Nursing and Health Professions, the program is ideal for nurses interested in a career of leading medical innovation through creative problem-solving.

    The program provides you with knowledge and skills in several critical areas including 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, and applying FDA rules and regulations.

    Program Features

    • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • An experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel’s acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions that is actively involved in modern clinical research
    • A highly-interactive online learning format that challenges and engages students while remaining convenient for working nurses
    • Flexible scheduling of clinical practicum in a variety of settings

    Career Opportunities

    Nurses are in high-demand across the clinical research industry, and many potential employers exist outside of the hospital environment, especially with pharmaceutical and other scientific companies that produce, test and market new products. Graduates of this program go on to succeed in a wide range of professions:

    • Clinical Scientists
    • Clinical Trials Managers
    • Research Coordinators
    • Research Developers

    For questions, please contact:

    Redian Furxhiu
    Student Services Manager 

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    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
    NURS 669Professional Seminar for Advance Practice Nurses *1.0
    Total Credits46.0


    Must be taken in conjunction with NURS 585.

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE)
      • RN's with a non-nursing bachelor's degree may need to complete a bridge course before starting the program
    • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members
    • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular track
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
      • Your plans upon completing the degree
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $887 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $985 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

    Apply today for a MSN in Clinical Trials Research

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