Ohio State University Colleges Join to Create Online Masters Program


The Ohio State University colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine have joined forces to create a new interdisciplinary graduate degree program: The Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research (MACPR). The degree, offered entirely online, is accepting applications for its fall 2014 inaugural term. The program was established with the support of the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science. 

A professionally-oriented master’s degree program for those at either the career-entry or mid-career level, MACPR is composed of a set core courses covering the application of clinical and preclinical research principles along with a set of specialization courses, providing in-depth learning. The program will accept applicants with any undergraduate degree and is particularly well-suited for graduates with a degree in the life sciences or pharmaceutical sciences, health care professionals, and those with graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences.

“As research protocols and the global expansion of medical product development have become increasingly complex, the responsibilities of clinical and preclinical research professionals have increased significantly,” said Master of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research, Program Director Marjorie Neidecker, PhD MEng RN CCRP. “The new MACPR program will prepare graduates to address these challenges as highly effective administrators, regulatory specialists, and research team members in clinical and preclinical research studies.”

MACPR courses cover 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. The program requires 36-39 credit hours of coursework that may be completed on either a full- or part-time schedule in 12-32 months. The core of the program requires 18-21 credit hours of coursework; a minimum of 12 credit hours of specialization coursework—in clinical research management, regulatory affairs, safety pharmacology, or clinical pharmacology—is also required.

The MACPR program culminates with a 6-credit hour capstone project or internship with a contracted clinical/preclinical research mentor where students have an opportunity to participate as a professional research team member and apply clinical/preclinical research administrative and scientific principles.

Applications to the MACPR program are being accepted on a rolling basis. Students may be admitted to the program for entry in fall, spring, or summer semester. Those wishing to begin the program next fall must apply by July 1.

For more information on MACPR, curriculum, requirements or applications, please visit the MACPR website at macpr.osu.edu.