Leadership in Health Care Systems: Clinical Research Coordinator Track

CRC program is "on hold and currently not accepting applications" 



Course Progression to the Final Capstone Project


Admission Criteria


The inter-professional Clinical Research Coordinator Program (CRC) is designed for professionals currently working or who are interested in research coordination in health care. For those currently working as clinical research coordinators or as program managers in clinical research projects, the program will enhance their skill set and provide qualifying credentials.  For those with an interest in research coordination,  the program will assure skills achievement  and appropriate credentials to assume research positions in the community.

The Clinical Research Coordinators and Program Managers play an important role in the conduct of clinical and translational research and play a crucial, multifaceted role in managing research projects.  They are responsible for the “hands-on” implementation and/or oversight of study protocols including study initiation, human subjects protections, subject recruitment and retention, intervention administration and fidelity, data collection and warehousing, and study closeout.As the roles and responsibilities of the CRC have expanded to include a wider array of specialized functions for which additional training and experience is required, the need for advanced education has never been greater. Additional standardized and advanced training will greatly enhance the conduct, efficiency, and outcomes of clinical and translational research.  Applications for our leadership program are due May 1st with notification by July 1st and October 1st with notification by December 1st.

Program Curriculum:

Key Aspects of the Program:  

  • Thirty credits leading to a master’s degree in Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • Executive Format: Friday classes only
  • Classroom learning, no online courses
  • Interdisciplinary Platform for Learning
  • Emphasis on “real life” learning through supervised field placements

Leadership in Health Care Systems:
Clinical Research Coordination Track Curriculum 30 credits


I. Spring (January – April) (first taught 2010)


NLX 480

Clinical and Translational Research Design


NLX 481

Considerations in Research on Human Subjects



II. Summer (May – July)  (first taught 2010)


NLX 482

Development of Products for Clinical Trials


NLX 483

Research Project Management in Complex Health Care Systems



III. Fall (September – December) (first taught 2010)


NLX 484

Research Data Collection and Intervention Administration in Clinical Practice


NLX 466

Epidemiology and Population Health Research



IV. Spring (January – April) (first taught 2011)


NLX 479

Leadership Colloquium


NLX 465

Leadership Capstone


NUR 493

Comprehensive Exam


Course Progression to the Final Capstone Project:

Progression through the program builds a foundation for the final leadership capstone project. Students complete a 180-hour field placement with a research executive.  In contrast to classroom-based courses where the student is placed at the center of the learning, during the capstone project learning, is focused externally as students direct research projects. Learning from experienced research coordinators who are experts in their fields enables students to gain real-world experience and forge invaluable professional relationships. 


Graduates of the program would be coordinating and conducting translational and clinical research or clinical trials with multidisciplinary teams in complex organizational environments or in the community.  In addition, they would be well positioned to assume responsibility for research program development, continuing education or quality oversight of existing programs.

Admission Criteria:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a Bachelor’s degree program preferred.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a C grade or higher.
  • Submission of a professional goal statement outlining reasons for seeking admission to the Program.
  • Two references that address professional and/or academic and leadership ability.  It is desirable that one of the letters be from a professional in health care.
  • Personal interview(s) with program faculty members.
  • There is no minimum work requirement for the inter professional leadership program.