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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  May 31, 2023
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Clinical Research Professional (2408) (A.S.)

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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.  

The Program

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 higher is required in all professional coursework.

Embedded Certificate(s)

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.

The Career

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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(904) 646-2300 or

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Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP):
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General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 23

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 37

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Professional coursework.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, additional fingerprinting and background check (e.g. the Jessica Lunsford Act for school environments), drug testing, flu shot, Covid-19 testing/vaccine and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.  It is the students’ responsibility to renew their annual physical examination as well as tuberculosis (TB) test.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020  or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
  7. Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
  8. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.

Baccalaureate Transfer

The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, visit the Transfer Services page at or refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at

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