Associate in Science
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. Some 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 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 all phases of clinical trials, 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 healthcare delivery market as an entry-level clinical research professional while possessing the knowledge and skills required 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.
A technical certificate, Clinical Research Coordinator (6408) (T.C.) , is included within this A.S. degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn the certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificates to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate, please contact an advisor to do so.
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.
Graduates will be encouraged to take the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) certification exam or the Society of Clinical Research Association (SOCRA) Certified Clinical Research Professionals (CRPS) exam once work experience eligibility requirements have been fulfilled.
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Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP): acrpnet.org
Society of Clinical Research Association (SOCRA): socra.org