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The George Washington University

BSHS in Clinical Research Administration

Aspiring healthcare professionals seeking to manage clinical trials and new therapy development could build the foundational skills and knowledge needed when they choose the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration program at The George Washington University. Read more about this online BSHS program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

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Program Prerequisites:

Candidates for the BSHS in Clinical Research Administration program must hold at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed between 45-60 transferable college credits. Required courses for admissions purposes include those in English composition, physical or natural science with lab, social sciences, and humanities. An understanding of research methodologies and strong writing, observational, and analytical skills are important, as topics in the program focus on health sciences communications, clinical trial monitoring, and the analysis of clinical research data, processes, and systems. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From clinical research techniques to trial management, The George Washington University's online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration program is designed to address all aspects of testing, safety, regulatory compliance, ethics, and protocol adherence in new drug development and clinical trial phases. Topics addressed in required courses include risk assessment, data management, Good Clinical Practice goals, clinical trial budgeting, and contract research organizations (CROs). Students could also expect to learn more about bioethical issues such as patient confidentiality and resource allocation, clinical information systems, healthcare regulations, disease prevention and control, and statistics in health sciences.

Issues in healthcare are addressed through the examination of case studies, and a capstone allows students to more closely examine the conduct of clinical trials, including ethical approaches, regulatory compliance, and quality control. Additional electives cover topics like biostatics, health promotion, healthcare quality improvement, and health services management.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration:

A total 120 credits is needed to earn this degree. Of those, 51 credits must be taken in core coursework and nine credits are from chosen electives. The remaining credits are from general education courses, and students can transfer up to 60 credits to be applied toward general education and advanced standing requirements; those with the minimum of 45 credit hours must take general education courses to make up the remaining 15 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (51 credits)

  • Basics of Clinical Research
  • Processes of Clinical Research
  • Capstone in Clinical Research Administration
  • Good Clinical Practices
  • Business of Clinical Research
  • Introduction to Monitoring Clinical Trials
  • Pathophysiology
  • Health Policy and the Healthcare System
  • Current Issues in Bioethics
  • Healthcare in Literature
  • Writing in the Health Sciences
  • Informatics in the Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
  • Healthcare Law and Regulation
  • Case Studies in Healthcare
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Research and Writing for Health Sciences

Elective Courses (9 credits)

  • Students choose three of the following courses:
    • Current Issues in Health Science Management
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
    • Management of Health Science Services
    • Quality Improvement in Healthcare
    • Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Concepts
    • Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Clinical Research Administration program helps build the foundational skills needed for entry-level or possible supervisory positions in the field, some who wish to advance to directorial or upper management roles might need a master's degree. A graduate degree program could provide more intensive studies in research analysis, clinical research leadership, and clinical trial responsibilities.

Master's degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Research
  • Master of Science in Health Services in Clinical Research Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical and Translational Research

Career Paths:

Graduates of the BSHS in Clinical Research Administration program could apply their knowledge of healthcare research processes and their organizational and management skills to oversee or assist in the development of clinical trials or coordinate research projects and processes. They might work in medical labs, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, patient device manufacturers, or government agencies.

Possible career titles for graduates include:

  • Clinical trial manager
  • Data research coordinator
  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical research technician