The Drexel 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.
Opportunities for employment exist within and outside of the hospital environment. Graduates of this program are employed in academic medical centers, private practices, and regulatory agencies as well as within pharmaceutical and other scientific companies that produce, test, and market new products. The clinical trials field offers myriad career opportunities for nurses - especially nurses with expertise in one or more specialty practice area.
Graduates of this program will be qualified to assume roles such as research coordinator, monitor, auditor, and clinical trials manager or coordinator.
What you’ll learn
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.
What makes the MSN Clinical Trials Research program unique?
- Prepares students for leadership roles in clinical trials research.
- Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
- You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.
Note: Drexel University is not authorized to admit students from Louisiana and South Dakota to our online nursing programs
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
A GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed. Applications from RNs with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on individual basis. *Individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may apply to the RN-MSN Bridge program.
- Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
- If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
- Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened.
- You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service
- If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement describing interest in MSN degree and particular specialty.
Copy of current U.S. RN license required.
While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. 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. American 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 must have:
- a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
- a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.
Additional requirements can be found here
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online MSN in Clinical Trials Research tuition page.
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