Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research

College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine

Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research

Learn from faculty within three of Ohio State's prestigious colleges.

The Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research (MACPR) program prepares graduates to excel as effective administrators, regulatory compliance specialists, and research team members in clinical and preclinical research. This program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, covering the theory and practice of research methods and statistics, the ethics of human subject and animal research, the science of pharmacology and medical product regulation, and the business of research operations and management. Graduates will have acquired the skills and knowledge required to conduct, manage, and regulate clinical and preclinical trials. The program welcomes applicants with any undergraduate degree and is particularly well suited for graduates with a degree in the biological/life sciences or pharmaceutical sciences, health care professionals, and those with graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences seeking to diversify their training. Two interdisciplinary specializations are offered: 

  1. Clinical Research Management
  2. Regulatory Affairs

Important Info

Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online

Sample Courses


Fundamentals of Medical Product Regulatory Affairs

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.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Concepts and policies for the responsible conduct of research, Institutional Review Boards, and dissemination of findings.
Nursing/Pharmacy 7782

Research Design and Methods for Clinical Studies

Study of research design and methods used in clinical research. Measurement issues; bias and confounding; statistical considerations, evaluation of published clinical and preclinical research designs, and protocol and proposal development.

Management of Clinical and Preclinical Studies

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.

Featured Faculty

Mary Raber Johnson
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Esther Chipps
Clinical Nurse Scientist and Director of Nursing Research, OSU Health System
Carolynn Thomas Jones
Faculty Lead, Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research, College of Nursing
Vanessa Hill
Senior Quality Improvement Specialist – OSU Office of Responsible Research Practices

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Meets or exceeds state standards and is authorized to legally offer distance education through approval or exemption by the state regulatory agency.
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