Ohio State’s Online Master of Clinical Research Program Honored with Esteemed Academic Accreditation

An OSU clinical research nurse looks through the lens of a microscope.

Online Program Second of its Kind to Receive Respected Accreditation   

The Ohio State University’s College of Nursing’s Master of Clinical Research online program has been awarded distinguished accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Ohio State’s online nursing program is only the second akin in the nation to earn this academic accreditation.  

CAAHEP is the country’s premier non-governmental higher education organization that awards recognition to institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. Its accreditation assesses the quality of institutions, programs, and services measured by accepted quality standards. As the innovative leader in health sciences education accreditation, it speaks volumes of Ohio State’s online nursing degree program to receive its most recent accreditation.  

“There is an urgent national need in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare research industries for clinical research professionals that is outpacing the number of qualified and well-prepared professionals to fill the roles,” said Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, FAAN, program director for the Master of Clinical Research. “This selective accreditation from CAAHEP further highlights our program’s commitment to ensure that student outcomes support this pipeline through education of capable and credentialed graduates.”  

Ohio State is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  

"This selective accreditation from CAAHEP further highlights our program’s commitment to ensure that student outcomes support this pipeline through education of capable and credentialed graduates."

Created in 2014, the Master of Clinical Research online nursing program was one of Ohio State’s first online degrees. This online master's degree program allows students to receive prowess in clinical research 100% online. Students find the flexibility to meet the demands of their busy schedules, with most of the online nursing courses being offered asynchronously. Asynchronous courses require no mandatory “live” online lectures so that you can learn on your timeline.  

The online graduate program builds a solid foundation in the theory and conduct of clinical research through its core curriculum. Students then select between two specializations, Clinical Research Management and Regulatory Affairs. Students choosing the Clinical Research Management track focus on the management systems and processes in conducting clinical trials to lead complex national and international clinical research operations. The Regulatory Affairs path emphasizes ensuring safe and effective medical product development and use throughout the product life cycle through regulatory strategy, oversight, and technical writing. 

Closeup view of an OSU clinical research nurse’s blue gloved hand holding a pipette and small test tube distributing a red liquid from a vial. The Master of Clinical Research program’s multidisciplinary curriculum is taught by Ohio State’s world-class faculty across the College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy and practicing clinical research professionals. Many of the programs’ online students currently work in clinical research, but this online master’s degree is open to students with any baccalaureate degree. Admission to this program is available each autumn, spring, and summer semester. With the ability to be taken either part- or full-time, this online graduate program can be completed in 12-24 months.  

Students who complete this online master's degree program will have the expertise to pursue many careers, including work as clinical research coordinators, clinical research associates or regulatory compliance professionals in government, industry, clinical research organizations and academic institutions. 

Learn even more about Ohio State's Master of Clinical Research program.
Read Ohio State’s College of Nursing’s press release.