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Clinical Research

clin·i·cal re·search:  Clinical research is defined as the study of a drug, biologic, or device in human subjects with the intent to discover potential beneficial effects and/or determine its safety and efficacy.

Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people.

Education for Clinical Research includes:

  • The master’s degree (MSCR) is offered at colleges and universities. This is typically a 2 year plan of study. This degree plan is offered fully online at Campbell University.
  • The baccalaureate degree (BSCR) offered at senior colleges and universities. This is typically a 4-year seated plan of study and is offered at Campbell University.
  • The Associate Degree is offered by community colleges.

Where do Clinical Researchers Work?

Clinical Researchers work in:

  • Contract Research Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government agencies
  • Research hospitals
  • Academia
  • Physicians' offices

What do they do there?

  • Consent patients to participate in clinical trials in humans
  • Test drugs and medical devices
  • Design, conduct, evaluate and otherwise support clinical trials and clinical research
  • Work with Institutional Review Boards (IRB’s)

Licensure for Clinical Researchers

There is no one specific license required to work in the clinical research industry.  Various certifications such as Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA), Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) are certified by the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and help with career advancement opportunities.

Professional Associations

There are many different clinical research associations in which clinical researchers can  participate, such as:

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Project Management International
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
Society for Clinical Data Management
Society of Clinical Research Associates