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Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Research Concentration


The Drexel Online Clinical 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;
  • New drug-approval processes;
  • Protocol management;    
  • Human subject protection;
  • Ethical, legal and social implications of clinical research.

What makes the MSN Clinical Trials Research program unique?

  • Prepares students for leadership roles in clinical 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. 

State restrictions may apply to some programs.

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.

Application Deadline

June 1, 2019

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing

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 an individual basis.

Two years of nursing practice experience at the time of application required.

Standardized Tests:


  • 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 previous or current supervisors, managers, nursing faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement must address:

  • reason for selecting the clinical research specialty.
  • detailed description of experience with clinical trials.
  • how this degree will meet career goals.  

May be required.


Copy of current U.S. RN license required.

International Students:
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.

Application Link (if outside organization):


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