• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The School of Nursing offers a nationally ranked clinical research program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. This Clinical Research major at University of North Carolina Wilmington offers students the opportunity to gain specialized education, training, and experience in the exciting field of clinical research.


Clinical Research is the process by which new therapies (medications, biological agents, and devices) are tested in clinical studies prior to approval. Clinical Research also includes the study of products after approval once they are on the market, particularly for rare or unexpected adverse events. Students in the Clinical Research program at University of North Carolina Wilmington gain a broad-based understanding of the science, regulatory, and business aspects of developing new therapies to treat illness and improve quality of life. 

The program is situated in a vibrant clinical research industry here in Wilmington, providing ample opportunities for students to gain hands on experience through internships. FuseCR (The Center for Clinical Research Workforce Development) was recently developed to fuse the ties between academia and industry, which benefits our students in their readiness for the workplace.

Upon completion, graduates are prepared to participate in the science and business of developing health care products, such as drugs, biologics, and biomedical devices with emphasis on pre-approval human clinical trials and post-marketing safety studies. Our alum are employed in a variety of settings such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and patient device companies; contract research organizations (CROs); clinical settings; and government agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research Writing and Communications
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Fundamentals of Biopharmaceutical Product Development 
  • Study and Site Management for Clinical Trials
  • Understanding Medical Terminology and Clinical Endpoints
  • Collaborative Writing for Clinical Studies

            English Language Requirements

            • Minimum required score:


              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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            Academic Requirements

            You need the following GPA score:

            Required score: 2.5

            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

            General Requirements

            • Students must be admitted to UNCW and pay the enrollment deposit through the Office of Admissions prior to applying to the Clinical Research Program.
            • Preference may be given to students who have completed a greater number of prerequisite courses. We recommend that at least 4 prerequisite courses, including Chemistry and a Biology be completed or in progress at the time of application.

            Prerequisites for the Clinical Research Program

            General Psychology; General Biology; Anatomy and Physiology I with lab; Anatomy and Physiology II with lab; Microbiology; General Chemistry; College Algebra or higher; Statistics

            Getting a Student Visa

            This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              15006 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 15006 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
            • National

              3602 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 3602 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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            Scholarships usually recognize special achievements in academics, talent, and leadership. Some scholarships may also require that students demonstrate financial need. Financial need will be determined by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships can come from a variety of sources. 

            Scholarships may be awarded by the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, Admissions, Honors, and by each of the colleges on our campus. There are scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer students, military families, as well as students currently enrolled at the university.

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