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The Graduate College > Clinical Research > Curriculum for the MS in Clinical Research Program
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The curriculum for the Master of Science, major in clinical research program is single-track the first year and self-directed the second year. A minimum of 32 semester credit hours is required for completion of this degree program. These hours include the first-year didactic hours and research hours taken the second year. Most students complete the program within two years.

With the exception of the Regulatory/IRB module, all classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 7 pm. All students in the program are required to pass the following courses.

Year 1

Course

SH

Fall Semester

 

 

GGC 551

Ethics in Biomedical Research/IRB

2

GGC 552

Introduction to the Regulatory Process

2

GCC 546

Biostatistics I

2

CRE 597

Thesis Research

0 - 3

 

 

 

Spring Semester    

GCC 557

Clinical Trials I

2

GCC 558

Clinical Trials II

2

GCC 547

Biostatistics II

2

GCC 548

Bioinformatics

1

PHR 556

Tools for Research

1

PVM 553

Epidemiology

1

 

 

 

Summer Semester    

CRE 597

Thesis Research

5 - 9

     

Year 2

 

 

Fall Semester

 

 

GCC 593

Grantsmanship

1

CRE 523

Clinical Research Reading

1

CRE 597

Thesis Research

4 - 7

     
Spring Semester    
CRE 559 Spec Pop Reading 2
CRE 597
Thesis Research
4 - 7

With the exception of the regulatory course and the clinical trials courses, all other courses will be graded as pass/no pass. A trainee who receives a no pass in a course will have an opportunity to retake the exam or rewrite the paper to reverse the no pass grade. Failure to remediate the no pass grade will automatically require the advisory committee to review the trainee's status and officially place the trainee on academic probation for a period of one semester. In collaboration with the course director, the advisory committee will develop a remediation plan to ensure the trainee has mastery of the subject area covered. Failure in that process or receipt of a no pass grade while on probation will result in termination from the program.

The second year is designed to provide an intense mentored clinical research experience that leads to the submission of a clinical research manuscript. Together, the student and mentor will identify a clinical research project and will submit that project in the form of an abstract by the end of the fall semester. The student is expected to complete all of the data collection by the beginning of the spring semester for submission of the thesis by the end of the spring semester of the second year.

See the Rush University Catalog for more information about the Master of Science, major in clinical research.


 


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