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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 20, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Research Certificate

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The online Certificate in Nursing Research is a non-degree certificate for nurses with a Bachelor’s degree who are seeking a focus on research as well as current graduate students and nurses with a Masters or DNP degree. This certificate particularly targets nurses interested in advancing their knowledge and skills as clinical research coordinators and quality assurance managers. The curriculum builds upon the students’ existing research knowledge and skills and enhances their expertise to conduct and coordinate clinical research studies following federal regulations and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Graduates broaden their marketability in a variety of clinical research settings.

Graduates of the Certificate in Nursing Research are eligible for National Certification as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) after successful completion of the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Certification Exam. (Note: clinical research coordinator experience is required for the exam).

Admission Criteria
  • Valid registered nurse license in state where clinical experiences are performed
  •  ≥ 3.0 GPA in BSN from accredited program (ACEN, NLN, ACICS, or CCNE)
  • Minimum of one year nursing experience recommended
  • Official GRE scores (may be waived if GPA ≥ 3.5)
  • Prerequisite statistics course
  • Pre-admission interview
  • Complete online application
  • International applicants 
Admission of International Students

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online. The on-line application must be completed in English.  See the School of Nursing International Applicants page for specific admission requirements for international applicants.

Curriculum Format
  • Part-time (~ 5 terms)
  • Fall, Spring, Summer Term admission
  • Online

Note: On 1/13/2020 the program title added the word “Certificate” to reflect the accurate information. This decision was approved by the Provost on 1/10/2020.



Graduates of the Certificate in Nursing Research are prepared to accomplish the following:

  • Conduct and coordinate clinical studies sponsored by the federal government, industry, and foundations for phase I, II, and III studies of drugs, devices, and biologics as well as behavioral interventions across the lifespan
  • Pursue employment as quality assurance managers, clinical research coordinators or monitors in Schools of the Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Companies, Clinical Research Organizations, Institutional Review Boards, Education and Compliance Offices, and other research settings

Total Credits: 16

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