MSN - Clinical Trials: Duke, GWU, or Drexel?

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    Does anyone have any thoughts on the MSN programs in Clinical Trials at Duke, GWU, or Drexel. I am very interested in getting my MSN and would like to go to do one of these programs (or another if they have a similar degree) online and would like to know which one is better, if any. Thanks!
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    I looked at exactly the same places for the same thing. I picked GWU over all the rest. However, I have not decided to even go the MSN route yet. Anyway, I just liked what I saw at GWU the most. I looked at Vanderbilt also, but so expensive!
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    I have also contemplated these programs but decided against them as I am already well entrenched in the field. Much of their coursework is based on things I already had to learn in order to pass my CCRC exam. In my area it seems as if they are hiring more NPs in research since they can multitask, serving as coordinator and sub-investigator among other duties. Due to this flexibility this is the route I chose instead. I would like to hear if anyone has completed one of these programs and what they ended up doing with the degree...
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    Duke has an excellent program. I disagree with the pos re: CCRC is the same education as a Masters in Clinical Research - the program teaches everything from drug discovery, regulatory and global affairs to business management and people skills. The program is also an excellent network to career development...graduate and the recruiters come to you.
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    Quote from outcomesfirst
    Duke has an excellent program. I disagree with the pos re: CCRC is the same education as a Masters in Clinical Research - the program teaches everything from drug discovery, regulatory and global affairs to business management and people skills. The program is also an excellent network to career development...graduate and the recruiters come to you.
    I never said it was the same education. I have looked into these programs and many seem to be geared towards people who want to break into clinical trials. being in clinical trials for many years now I have learned some of the material covered in these programs. Studying for my CCRC only served to bolster my knowledge which has been supplemented by my grad courses from my MSN/MPH program. At this point, I do not know if there is a clear advantage to getting a masters in clinical trials vs another concentration. I personally have not seen a demand for people with this type of degree. My colleagues, at least in my area, are looking for more broadly educated people who can be utilized in a variety of capacities.
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    Arizona State University has an MSN in Clinical Research Admn.
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    I just graduated with a BSN and I am working in clinical trials. I am looking at the same schools. Anybody has any advice?
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    Depends on what you want to do....There are lots of people in the clinical trials industry with no nursing backgrounds. You can get a CRA position without a masters or sometimes even without a BSN. Most CROs only require a bachelors degree in science. So someone with a BS in biology can be making a nice salary. Choose wisely!


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