Sep 22, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Nursing – Clinical Research Nursing [MSN]

The Master of Science in Nursing programs prepares nurses to meet the community’s needs for healthcare providers/nurses with advanced practice knowledge and skill. Graduates are prepared for advanced practice registered nursing roles as clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners, educators, researchers, and healthcare leaders.

The Clinical Research Nurse Masters program prepares students to fulfill the role and responsibilities of the Clinical Research Nurse as described by the Internationally Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN).

Clinical research nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing focused on maintaining equilibrium between the care of the research participant and fidelity to the research protocol. This specialty practice incorporates human subjects’ protection, care coordination and continuity; contribution to clinical science; clinical practice; and study management throughout various professional roles, practice settings, and clinical specialties. (IACRN, 2012).

Clinical Research Nurse graduates will be eligible to test for national certification (Association of Clinical Research Professionals [ACRP]; Society of Clinical Research Associates [SOCRA]) and will find employment as clinical research coordinators, project managers, research nurse managers, research associates, and program administrators.  Employers may be academic medical centers, private practice research sites, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, healthcare corporations, health insurance companies, data information companies, contract research organizations, and federal agencies.

Program Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions) and complete a Graduate Application.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Possess a B.S.N. degree (Applicants holding an R.N. license with a bachelor’s in another discipline may apply for conditional admission).
  • Have at least a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) college GPA. (Applicants may seek conditional admission with a GPA of 2.75).
  • Have a current unrestricted license to practice as a professional registered nurse in the U.S or eligibility to obtain a Michigan license.
  • Have successfully completed an approved basic statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics within the last 10 years.
  • Have successfully completed a basic health assessment course.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate community health nursing course and clinical (or equivalent) from an accredited university. R.N.s with a Bachelor’s in a discipline other than nursing must either complete the Community Health Nursing courses (NURS 450  and NURS 451 ) or successfully complete the Community Health ATI Examination to demonstrate equivalency.
  • A telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

Additionally, the following documents are required and must be submitted with the application.

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur (Applicants who are eligible for a license may apply for conditional admission)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A two to three-page (500 words maximum) personal statement that describes your goals as a Clinical Research Nurse.

The personal statement should reflect your understanding of a clinical research nurse’s role and should clearly indicate that your goals are a fit for your chosen program. It is most effective when you have researched the program and the scope of practice of your area of interest before writing your personal statement. Then, review the documents linked above from IACRN, ACRP, and SOCRA to help articulate the fit with your goals. The personal statement is evaluated based on your understanding of the role of the Clinical Research Nurse, fit with our program, and the ability to express yourself clearly and professionally.

  • Two (2) professional references who can document competence in nursing practice and the potential for success in a graduate program of study.

International Applicants

Applicants who possess a Bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution in a country where English is not the principal spoken language must satisfy one of the following tests of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 84 iBT
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson English Language Test (PTE): 58

Applicants who submit English Language Proficiency exam scores must also complete ESLN 565  if admitted.  

Application Process

Applicants must:

  • Complete an application for admission to the Graduate School. The university takes an average of 2-3 weeks to make admission decisions. Therefore, the response time from the School of Nursing may be longer depending upon submission date and application deadlines.

School Information

Nursing Michael L. Williams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNEDirector | 309 Marshall, 734.487.2310,

Jennifer Avery, Ph.D., RN, Associate Director of Graduate Studies | 318M Porter, 734.487.7676,

Sherry M. Bumpus, Ph.D,, FNP-BC, Director of Nursing Operations | 311 Marshall, 734.487.2310,

Advisor Information

Deanna Kowaleski, MA, Admissions & Advising Specialist, 311 Marshall, 734.487.6599,

Jennifer Avery, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor, 318M Porter, 734.487.7676,

Degree Requirements: 35 hours