The mission of the program is to provide the opportunity for students to develop skills and abilities that will allow them to become competent clinical research professionals with entry-level skills. In addition, the program is dedicated to creating competent, ethical, and confident entry-level research professionals committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory, and supportive learning environment.
Clinical research helps find new and better ways to detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Members of the research team come from a variety of backgrounds. Types of clinical research include clinical trials, which test new treatments for a disease, and natural history studies, which collect health information to understand how a disease develops and progresses over time.
The program offers the perfect mix of health information technology, clinical research, medical terminology and the aspects of business education that is needed to work in this growing field of healthcare. The Clinical Research Coordinator program prepares the student to work as a member of the clinical research team. Graduates will possess the skills needed to coordinate clinical research protocols throughout the startup phase of the trial, to work collaboratively with other departments as needed, to verify required protocol documentation and to interact appropriately with patients. The curriculum consists of a strong focus on research methods and applications, regulatory affairs, the business aspects of clinical research an introduction to health information management and informatics, health insurance billing, health law, basic pharmacology, health data analysis, and a practicum experience to allow students the opportunity to apply practical skills, knowledge, and training learned throughout the program. The goal of the practicum experience is to provide students with the opportunity to practice the essential functions of a clinical research coordinator.
Upon program completion, students will have the technical skills needed to enter the field of research as an entry-level research professional while possessing the knowledge and skills to startup, implement and follow-up on clinical trials while adhering to all applicable regulations.
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all professional coursework.
Clinical Research Professionals play a critical role in all aspects of clinical trial protocols. Florida ranks within the top five states in the country for clinical studies (FSCJ Workforce Education & Economic Development Research & Analysis Report); The Mayo Clinic is the largest research participant and other organizations sponsoring trials including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the University of Florida-Jacksonville Children's Oncology Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Southwest Oncology Group, and AddVie (FSCJ Workforce Education & Economic Development Research & Analysis Report. Entry-level clinical research professionals may be employed in a variety of settings wherever clinical research is conducted. Graduates may find employment opportunities as clinical research coordinators, clinical trial data entry specialists, clinical research technicians, associate research coordinators, clinical research subject recruitment specialists, clinical research assistants in variety healthcare fields or in other areas related to clinical research.
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Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP): https://acrpnet.org/
Society of Clinical Research Association (SOCRA): https://www.socra.org/