Online Clinical Research Management Certificate

College of Nursing
Jump start your career in the rapidly expanding field of clinical research.  

The online Clinical Research Management graduate certificate is designed to prepare professional students in any field and those already working in health care to be leaders in the management of human subjects research. With this clinical research certificate, students will build a solid foundation in clinical research management and will learn how to apply bioethical standards to the medical development and innovation of complex clinical research studies in the healthcare and biopharmaceutical environments. With their deep clinical and operational knowledge of the field, Ohio State’s world-class faculty will help learners systematically apply understanding of regulations, processes, and management of human subjects research, with a focus on clinical trials of drugs and devices in this online certificate program. 

Coursework for the online Clinical Research Management graduate certificate meets the major competencies established by the Joint Task Force Core Competencies for Clinical Research Professionals.

Ready for your next step? Students looking to continue their education in clinical research may transfer 100% of the certificate's course credits into Ohio State's online Master of Clinical Research degree program. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Campus Requirements: NONE - 100% online 

Class Format: Asynchronous - meaning that you can attend classes on your own time. 

Credit Hours Required: 12 

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees).  See the full cost breakdown here

Admission Requirements: Completed bachelor’s degree, minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale in the last degree earned that is relevant to the program of study, reside in an authorized state 

Time to Completion: 2 - 3 semesters (approximately 1 year)

Jessica Fritter
Clinical Research Instructor
"There is a national demand for clinical research professionals. This certificate offers students a broad foundation in the management of human subjects research and credible educational credentials to break into the clinical research industry or advance their career."

Sample Courses


Responsible Conduct of Research (Asynchronous)

Concepts and policies for the responsible conduct of research, Institutional Review Boards, and dissemination of findings.
MCR 7770

Fundamentals of Medical Product Development and Regulation (Asynchronous)

This course covers the function of clinical research in medical product development and the regulatory process of new medical products. Laws and regulations concerning the development, testing, commercialization, and total product life cycle for medical products. Regulations governing the conduct of clinical research, including study sponsors, investigators, and Institutional Review Boards. (Summer and Autumn semesters)
MCR 7405

Clinical Research Study and Site Management (Asynchronous)

Students learn fundamental principles of clinical research operations from study site selection to study closure from the perspective of sponsors and clinical research sites including an introduction to database design, management, quality assurance and reporting for site and sponsor operations. (Spring semester)

Featured Faculty

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Master of Clinical Research Program Director
Assistant Clinical Professor, Faculty Lab Director
Clinical Instructor of Practice

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