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BSHS in Clinical Research Administration

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With an online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Clinical Research Administration from the George Washington University (GW), you will develop the skills and expertise needed to contribute to the rapidly growing field of clinical research which is involved with conducting research studies to ensure the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, devices, diagnostics and treatment regimens. In this bachelor-completion program, build upon the foundations of clinical research concepts, incorporate the principles of bioethics, and more.

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs.

Quick Facts


total credits

100% online

2-4* years

average duration

Accreditation and Rankings

  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • #63 Best National University*
  • #14 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs*
  • #8 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans*

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2022 Rankings

Program Highlights


Students must earn a total of 120 college credit hours to receive the BSHS degree. They may transfer in 45-60 college credit hours from another institution, which are applied towards the general education and advanced standing requirements. Students must earn at least 60 college credit hours at GW to meet the academic residency requirement and fulfill the required courses for the major.

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Program Outcomes

When you graduate from this program, you’ll hold the skills and knowledge to:

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

Our BSHS in Clinical Research Administration degree is designed for individuals that want to work in the clinical trials industry to ensure that potential new therapeutics, devices, and treatments follow regulations and are safe and effective. 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.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the health care industry are expected to grow by 15% between 2019 and 2029. Clinical research professionals are employed in a variety of locations including pharmaceutical companies, Contract Research Organizations (CROs), government agencies, academic medical centers, hospitals and clinics. Here are the median U.S. salaries for the following positions:

  • Clinical Trial Assistant: $46,6691
  • Clinical Research Coordinator: $49,2572
  • Clinical Research Associate (usually requires previous work experience in clinical research): $65,6493
  • Clinical Data Coordinator/Manager: $78,1744

Admission Requirements

To apply for the BSHS in Clinical Research Administration, you’ll need:

  • 6 credits in English composition
  • 3 credits in college mathematics (college algebra, statistics, or above)
  • 3 to 4 credits in natural or physical science with a lab
  • 6 credits in social sciences
  • 3 credits in humanities

If you have an associate degree from a participating D.C., Maryland, Virginia community college, you may be eligible for guaranteed admission to this program. Review the list of participating institutions or complete this form to speak with an Online Admissions Advisor for more details.

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Tuition Details

The BSHS in Clinical Research Administration program at GW consists of 60-75* credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here.

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

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Meet the Program Director

Kathleen Thoma, EdD, CCRP, CPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Thoma is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership. She has over 20 years of experience in clinical research, health services research, and educational research.

Before coming to the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she was the director of research and a clinical research specialist at the University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) where she managed many NIH and industry-sponsored clinical trials during her tenure.

Her particular expertise involved working with NIH-sponsored trials through the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) network. She has also held positions as a research project manager for the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Network at the American Academy of Pediatrics, the director of educational research at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and a research project coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine/School of Public Health.

She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a cognate in Public Health from the University of North Florida. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and holds the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. In addition to clinical research, her interests include HIV/AIDS, health literacy, health disparities, the psycho-social determinants of health and health behavior, and patient-centered outcomes research.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

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* Total number of credits and duration of program depends on the number of transferred credits

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