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
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
29-1141

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

The clinical trials field is a hot field for nursing employment — especially 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.

Full- and part-time enrollment options are available. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu 
Student Services Manager
rf53@drexel.edu
267.359.5691

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.
  • 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 applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current US RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

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 must 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.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Student Services Manager
rf53@drexel.edu
267-359-5691

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

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
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
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 Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
Elective3.0
Total Credits45.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu 
Student Services Manager
rf53@drexel.edu
267.359.5691

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.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Second Year
Term 5
NURS 582Foundation of Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Trials Mngmt3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
NURS 583Operational Leadership in Clinical Trials Management3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
NURS 584Current Topics in Clinical Trials3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
NURS 585Clinical Trials Research Practicum5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 45.0

MSN: Clinical Trials Research Concentration Faculty

Rita Adeniran, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Leadership, diversity, nursing.
Anthony Angelow, MSN, CRNP, BC, CEN (Thomas Jefferson University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Developing diagnostic reasoning in nurse practitioners, curriculum design and implementation, and nurse practitioner educational methods.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs & Online Innovation . Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing, law, family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner.
Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, CGS, DF-IAFN (University of Pennsylvania) Coordinator, Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Forensic, child, adolescent and family mental health nursing.
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.
William D'Andrea, MS, BS Pharm, CCP (MCP Hahnemann University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, advanced pharmacology.
Jill Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing education and rehabilitation nursing.
Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC (Georgetown University; Touro University). Associate Clinical Professor. Women’s health issues, Intimate Partner Violence, Disaster Management and online learning.
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPN, CNE (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing.
Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Labor and delivery, midwifery, postpartum care, neonatal intensive care, improving access to care for women with postpartum depression, family psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, MSN, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Patricia A. Riccio, PhD, RN (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research methods and biostatistics.
Joanne Schwartz, PhD, CRNP, CNE (Villanova University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alum), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago). Assistant Professor. The access and utilization of perinatal health services such as prenatal case management (PCM) and prenatal care; adverse perinatal health outcomes fetal growth, preterm birth, and cerebral palsy; and the interaction of social, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities in perinatal health.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE. Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Suzanne Taylor, MSN, RN. Assistant Clinical Professor. Transformational and adaptive learning to support the evolving leadership expectations, emotional intelligence and promoting a culture of collaboration across other disciplines.
Virginia Wilson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, NE-BC (Widener University) Director Nursing Innovation Program; Director, Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management. Assistant Clinical Professor. Leadership and management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation.
Janet Zimmerman, MSN, BSN (University of Colorado) Director, Clinical Trials Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical trials, nursing care of veterans.
Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, CRNP, FAAN (Widener University). Clinical Professor. Advanced practice nursing, leadership and management, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist (adult health) and adult nurse practitioner.
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