MACPR Curriculum

The MACPR is designed with a set of core courses covering the application of clinical and preclinical research principles and a set of specialization courses providing in depth learning in an area of focus chosen by the student. The program requires 36 credit hours of coursework that may be completed on either a full- or part-time schedule in 12-24 months (12-month option available for students entering in autumn only). The core of the program requires 18-21 credit hours of coursework; a minimum of 12 credit hours of specialization coursework is also required. The program concludes with a 3-credit-hour capstone project or practicum.


MACPR core curriculum

All MACPR students will complete the following core courses to build a solid foundation in the theory and conduct of clinical/preclinical research.

Nursing 7781

Responsible Conduct of Research


Fundamentals of Medical Product Development and Regulation

Nursing/Pharmacy 7782

Research Design and Methods for Clinical and Preclinical Research

Nursing/Pharmacy 7405

Management of Clinical and Preclinical Studies

Pharmacy 7784

Data Analysis and Interpretation in Clinical and Preclinical Research

Pharmacy 5010*

Fundamentals of Pharmacology

*Pharmacology is required only for students without prior pharmacology coursework at the graduate or upper undergraduate level.


Essential skills

On completion of the core coursework in the MACPR program, students will have attained competencies as defined by the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research and the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency:

  • Scientific Concepts and Research Design
  • Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations
  • Medicines (Medical Product) Development and Regulation
  • Clinical Trials Operations (Good Clinical Practices)
  • Study and Site Management
  • Data Management and Informatics
  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Communication and Teamwork

Additional skills will be gained in the student’s chosen area of specialization through courses taught by faculty with expertise in these areas and capstone projects or internships led by clinical research mentors.

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