Clinical Research Program
Clinical Research Majors
This major offers students the opportunity to gain specialized education, training, and experience in the exciting field of clinical research. Clinical research is the process by which new therapies (medications, biological agents, and devices) are tested in clinical studies prior to approval and marketing. Clinical research also includes the study of products after approval, once they are on the market, particularly for rare or unexpected adverse events. Students in the Clinical Research Program gain a broad-based understanding of the science, regulatory, and business aspects of developing new therapies to treat illness and improve quality of life.
Graduates from the Clinical Research Program are employed by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and patient device companies; contract research organizations (CROs); clinics enrolling patients into clinical trials; and government agencies. The Program provides our graduates with many career paths such as those available in clinical operations, data management, scientific writing, clinical site coordination, and regulatory affairs.
This four year undergraduate program includes a didactic curriculum and a mentored experience or internship in clinical research during the senior year. Most of the CLR Program (junior and senior years) is taught online excluding some of the non-CLR core courses and the senior internship. Please note that the Clinical Research Program is not a nursing degree nor is it laboratory-based program.
Program of Study
CLR Student Learning Outcomes
At the time of graduation, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of clinical research methodologies, including protocols and regulatory compliance
- Describe approaches to data collection, analysis and synthesis of data derived from human-oriented research
- Incorporate and prioritize research ethics in all aspects of clinical research
- Describe best practices involving the assessment and evaluation of the safety and efficacy of investigational products and cite sources.
- Apply knowledge and skills gained in the basic sciences to clinical situations
- Demonstrate competency in oral and written scientific presentations
- Collaborative in a clinical research team
Clinical Research Faculty
Clinical Research Faculty members are all former employees of the clinical research industry and bring real-world experience to the Program.
Clinical Research Faculty
James Lyon, PharmD, Lecturer
Susan Sinclair Roberts, PhD, MPH, RN, Associate Professor
Clinical Research Staff
Robin Williams, Administrative Assistant, Budget Assistant
Prospective students are required to apply to the Clinical Research Program during the spring semester of their sophomore year or once prerequisites are met. The deadline is March 15th. Requirements for admission are listed in the UNCW Undergraduate Catalog.
For additional questions or more information contact: Robin Williams: email@example.comAdditional Resources: http://uncw.edu/career/majors/clinical.htm