Master of Applied Clinical & Preclinical Research

Clinical and preclinical research is advancing at an unprecedented speed. Especially here.

The Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research (MACPR) program is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program offered entirely online by the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine at The Ohio State University.

There is a call for clinical research workforce development and expansion due to the increasing complexity of study protocols, scientific advances, (e.g., “-omics” and personalized medicine) and evolving regulations. Also, workforce shortages exist.  In June 2015, approximately 10,000 unfilled clinical research associate (CRA) positions with Contract Research Organizations were reported. Demand for clinical research coordinators (CRCs) is also projected to increase.

The 100% online MACPR program will prepare graduates as members of  interdisciplinary clinical and preclinical research teams filling positions as CRAs, CRCs, regulatory specialists, and clinical and safety pharmacology professionals. The program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, covering the theory and practice of research methods and statistics, the ethics of human subject and animal research, the science of pharmacology and medical product regulation, and the business of research operations and management.

Two interdisciplinary specializations are offered:

  1. Clinical Research Management – directed by the College of Nursing
  2. Regulatory Affairs – directed by the Colleges of Pharmacy

The MACPR program is a member of the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research ( The program’s core curriculum aligns with the Joint Task Force Core Competencies for Clinical Research Professionals.

Marjorie Neidecker
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing; Director, Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research Program

Message from the Director

Application Deadlines

Summer 2019:
March 1, 2019

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