Clinical Research Administration (HSCR) Concentration

What is the Health Sciences Clinical Research Administration (HSCR) concentration?

This concentration substitutes five specific HSCR course for electives. The first HSCR course will be taken in the Fall. By taking CRA courses as your electives, you will be working towards meeting the eligibility criteria and preparing for the SOCRA and ACRP Clinical Research Associate (CRA) and the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) certification exams  

Society for Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)
Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

What is a Clinical Research Associate and Clinical Research Coordinator, and why would I want to become one?

The role of a CRA or CRC is to coordinate the collection, distribution and storage of data obtained during clinical trials. Responsibilities include development of clinical trial protocols, forms and templates for data collection; coordination with ethics committees to ensure trials are conducted in an ethical manner; setting up trial sites to ensure trials are conducted as per procedures and regulations; education of patients, doctors and other personnel about the trial; active monitoring of the conduct of trials at various sites and review of data for regulatory submissions; and preparation of reports, presentations and manuscripts for publications.

CRAs and CRCs  often find jobs with clinical research organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and in hospital systems. Average salaries range from $46,000 to $120,000+ a year and there is a 10-14% projected growth of the occupation by 2026.

So, how many credits is the MSHS with the Clinical Research Administration (HSCR) concentration?

Regardless of concentration, the MSHS is 36 credits. When concentrating in HSCR, you simply take HSCR courses as your electives.

 What are the HSCR courses?

  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Clinical Research Administration 1
  • Clinical Research Administration 2
  • Medical Product Development and Regulation
  • Clinical Research Administration Internship

How can I learn more?

Rebecca McIntyre, DHA, MSHA, CCRP
Assistant Professor and Clinical Research Administration Coordinator