ASU Clinical Research Management Masters off to strong start

July 20, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

The launch of the online Master’s in Clinical Research Management program is off to a strong start at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. The first cohort which starts fall semester this year is fully subscribed with 28 students admitted to date.

This visionary and practical program is one of only three similar programs in the nation, unique in that it focuses on preparing students to be leaders in re-engineering the clinical research global enterprise.  Students receive training in managing clinical research operations, health innovation, entrepreneurship, global project management best practices, and organizational change.  Practical, sequential application exercises prepare students to influence the operations of clinical and translational research for the future.  

True to the nature of the trans-disciplinary program, the students are diverse in terms of occupation and professional discipline and come from a variety of work occupations, including:

  • Clinical research coordinator/monitor

  • Clinical data analyst

  • Research nurse

  • Nurse

  • Research educator

  • Physician

  • Regulatory affairs/ operations manager

  • National research project manager

  • Legal nurse consultant

  • Nutritionist

  • Lab manager

  • Teacher/athletic trainer

  • Psychology researcher

  • Alzheimer’s researcher

  • Biotech researcher

  • Biomedical technologist

Current student employers include: Mayo Clinic, Quintiles, Genzyme Genetics, Amgen Medical, Obstetrix, VA Hospital, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, and Statistics Data Corporation. Educational backgrounds represented in the cohort range from Nursing, Public Health,  Nutrition, Psychology, Biology, Kinesiology, Bioengineering, Engineering, Physician,  Athletic Training, Zoology, Agriculture, Plant Genetics, Family and Consumer Studies, to Communications. Students are from many states across the nation.

This program was developed through collaboration with industry representatives and expert faculty from multiple academic disciplines, including biomedical engineering, business, design, health, law, and bioinformatics. The 33-credit year-round, year-long program will next be offered in fall 2010. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.