• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2 years

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no campus visits required 
  • 20 total courses are required to complete your degree 
  • Graduate in about two years by transferring up to 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Learn the framework for conducting clinical trials including phases of drug and device development, protocol development and data management 

BSHS in Clinical Research Administration Program Overview

Make a lasting impact on healthcare with a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Research Administration from The George Washington University. Participate in clinical trial conduct to ensure new therapeutics, innovative devices, and novel treatments follow regulations and guidance protecting patients and contributing to the rapidly growing field of health care innovation. As you build upon the foundations of clinical research concepts and incorporate the principles of bioethics, you'll learn to:

  • Create elements of a clinical development plan (CDP) incorporating scientific, medical, regulatory, and commercial requirements 
  • Employ strategies to address ethical and cultural considerations for effective and compliant clinical trial conduct 
  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, individually or in a group setting 

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

Our BSHS in Clinical Research Administration degree is designed for individuals looking to get involved in the clinical trials industry to improve health care and advance medical research. To succeed in this online program, you should be self-disciplined, self-directed, and able to commit to the duration of the program.

All courses are conducted online in a flexible, asynchronous format, so you can earn your Bachelor's degree while maintaining personal and professional commitments.

BSHS in Clinical Research Administration Career Outlook

With an online degree in clinical research administration, you'll be ready to compete for jobs throughout the health care industry:

  • Clinical Research Coordinator, $48,362 median salary
  • Clinical Research Associate, $62,922 median salary2 
  • Clinical Data Manager, $73,255
  • Clinical Trial Manager, $97,924 median salary

Request More Information

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1. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Research_Coordinator/Salary
2. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Research_Associate_(CRA)/Salary
3. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Data_Manager/Salary
4. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Trial_Manager/Salary

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Completed coursework

    Students must have earned 45 – 60 transferable college level coursework. Students may also have earned an Associate’s degree. Non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. military coursework, credit-by-exam, EMT or RN License, and non-college based health programs). Completed course work should include 3 credits English Composition, 4 credits Physical or Natural Science (including a lab), 6 credits Social Sciences, 3 credits Humanities.

  3. A written personal statement

    Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

  4. Completed Application
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military and veterans, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and current McNair Program Scholars.
  7. One Letter of Recommendation
  8. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
  9. International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 68 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.


Students must earn a total of 120 college credit hours to receive the BSHS degree. They may transfer in up to 60 college credit hours from another institution which are applied towards the general education and advanced standing requirements. They then must earn at least 60 college credit hours at GW to meet the academic residency requirement of which 48 credit hours are required courses for the major.* 

* Students may be considered for review with a minimum of 45 transfer credits but will be required to complete any missing general education credit hours in addition to completion of the 60 programmatic hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated prior to admission.

  • CRA 2101Basics of Clinical Research3 Credits

    The student explores the different phases of drug and device development and introduces basic concepts such as benefit-risk assessment, the different stakeholders, protocol, informed consent, clinical oversight, institutional review board, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), investigational clinical supplies, data management activities, safety reporting, and monitoring.

  • CRA 2102Processes of Clinical Research3 Credits

    The student examines the process steps and regulatory requirements governing the development and registration of investigational new products from different stakeholder perspectives as well as the steps and requirements in the conduct of a clinical trial for an investigational new drug or device while ensuring data integrity and human subjects protection.

  • CRA 2105Capstone in Clinical Research Administration3 Credits

    In this capstone course, students analyze business, ethical, cultural and practical aspects of clinical trial conduct; explore trends and technologies driving efficiencies in clinical trial performance and demonstrate how ethical and regulatory principles and trial management practices align to ensure quality and compliant clinical research conduct.

  • CRA 2103Good Clinical Practices3 Credits

    The student analyzes the rationale and goals of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and applies key principles within the context of case studies.

  • CRA 2104Business of Clinical Research3 Credits

    The student compares and contrasts the business priorities of sponsors, sites and third party vendors, such as contract research organizations (CROs); the student also examines the business considerations in preparing clinical trial budgets including outsourcing and potential trial delays.

  • CRA 2107Introduction to Monitoring Clinical Trials3 Credits

    The student analyzes and evaluates the basic principles and processes involved in the monitoring of clinical trials, as well as the required documentation such as monitoring visit reports; the student also examines the role of key participants with emphasis on the clinical research associate.

  • HSCI 2102Pathophysiology3 Credits

    Biomedical and scientific framework for the understanding of human disease mechanisms and biologic processes. Overview of infectious, immunologic, cardiovascular, genetic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neoplastic, reproductive, renal, hematologic, neurologic, and musculoskeletal diseases.

  • HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System3 Credits

    Incorporates economic theory and policy analysis methodology to analyze the impact of changes in the health care system on the practice of health sciences professionals and the quality and process of health care. Development of critical thinking skills through review of current medical literature.

  • HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics3 Credits

    Basic issues, approaches, and requirements of ethically acceptable decision making with patients, including patient confidentiality, conflicts of interest, allocation of scarce resources, occupational risks in health care, and professional responsibility for overall quality of care.

  • HSCI 2107Health Care in Literature3 Credits

    Literature, as well as TV and film, has shaped the public’s attitude toward health care for as long as storytelling and health care have coexisted. In the last hundred years, health care related discoveries have proliferated, benefiting from innovative research, while society remains plagued by many of the same problems such as the treatment of family violence, the extreme stigma of certain illnesses, or disparities in access and quality of health care. By studying literature, medical journals, as well as some visual media that have engaged with these and other health care issues, students will acquire a better understanding of how cultural attitudes toward health care are created, altered and reinforced. Through assignments students will explore how literature forms or expresses society’s opinions on controversial health care issues, and what these opinions mean for practitioners and patients.

  • HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Introduction to the health sciences literature. Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.

  • HSCI 2113Informatics in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Introduction to health care informatics, including management and clinical information systems and their role in administration, clinical, and research arenas in health care.

  • HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences3 Credits

    Foundational concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, including probability, sampling distribution, estimation, correlation, t-Test, simple linear regression, and chi-square. Application of statistical concepts and methods within the health sciences.

  • HSCI 4103Health Care Law and Regulation3 Credits

    This is an upper division course intended to introduce students to the legal structures, rules, and mechanisms important to health care professionals, executives and organizations. Students analyze a range of legal standards related to medical malpractice and liability, fraud and abuse, and health care compliance. Since this is a health sciences course, trends in genetics, pharmacy law, and laboratory law will be discussed. In addition, students will become familiar with key legal terms, documents, and sources of law; the tools of communication and governance that shape health care arrangements and practices.

  • HSCI 4105Case Studies in Health Care3 Credits

    The goal of the course is to equip learners to examine issues in health care and develop multi-dimensional approaches and solutions.

  • HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology3 Credits

    An introduction to epidemiological methods and their applications in the prevention and control of illness, community and clinical interventions, and health services.

  • HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing for Health Sciences3 Credits

    In this course, one of the key objectives is to work with you on your critical thinking, analytical, and integrative skills as a future graduate of the George Washington University.

  • CML 2143Current Issues in Health Science Management3 Credits

    Evaluation of major problem areas in the management of health sciences organizations. Discussions include legal, technological, managerial, organizational, and leadership issues in the changing health care environment.

  • HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness3 Credits

    A comprehensive introduction to the psychological and social aspects of health and wellness. Emphasis on the development of communication skills and the establishment of caring relationships. Discussions of special situations such as working with dying patients and patients with self-destructive behaviors.

  • HSCI 2104 Management of Health Science Services3 Credits

    Application of management and organizational principles to the delivery of services provided by health sciences disciplines. Issues addressed include information systems, leadership, team building, fiscal management, human resources management, quality improvement, and management of conflict and change.

  • HSCI 2108Quality Improvement in Health Care3 Credits

    Analysis of the structures in place to enhance the quality of health care delivery and political and economic influences that affect quality improvement programs. Assessment of specific interventions to enhance health care from the perspectives of providers and patients.

  • HSCI 2110Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Concepts3 Credits

    An overview of basic public health concepts for health sciences students, including epidemiology, health promotion, and disease prevention. Review of current issues in health promotion. Completion of a public health project in a clinical site.

  • HSCI 3117Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences3 Credits

    Biostatistics for health science professionals. Concepts and methods, including confidence intervals, ANOVA, multiple and logistic regression, and non-parametric analyses. Scientific literature is used to provide a comprehensive context in which analytical evidence is employed to support practices in the health sciences. Prerequisites: HSCI 2117 or permission of the instructor.

Tuition & Fees

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $615
  • Fees: $35
  • Total: $650
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1,845
  • Fees: $105
  • Total: $1,950

What's it like to earn this degree online?

  • Study on your schedule
    The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
  • Personalized learning
    Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
  • The prestige of a GW degree
    Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
  • Connect to campus from anywhere
    GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
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    Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
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