Clinical Research Nursing


This Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) program will prepare graduate-level nurses as Clinical Research Nurses, who will improve the conduct of clinical research and ultimately the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.  Research participants’ care and the research process are closely related and balancing these two goals is imperative for high-quality research and nursing care. As the number of clinical trials in the U.S. has increased, the demand for CRNs has also increased.



  • Consistent with the American Nurses Association and the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses the scope and standards of practice for clinical research nursing.
  • Meets the graduate level scope and standards of Clinical Research Nursing of the ANA and IACRN
  • CRNs care for a wide range of participants (healthy to acutely ill) and across settings and specialties.
  • Nurses can complete the program in one year full-time or  two years part-time



  • To provide transdisciplinary education by educating students with other health professionals
  • To provide CRNs with high-level clinical skills, critical thinking skills, and, at the same time cognizance of the regulatory, ethical, and scientific issues of the clinical research environment.
  • To educate nurses to meet the dual accountabilities of nursing practice and research nursing.


Practicum Opportunities

Practicum opportunities are available at major medical centers in the New York City area, such as NYU Langone Health, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University.


Program Outcomes

  • Graduates are prepared to work in teams as research nurses in organizations that conduct clinical research such as universities, academic medical centers, and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Graduates are prepared to administer research interventions, collect patient data according to protocol, evaluate patients’ responses to therapy and integrate evidence-based practice into nursing practice, and evaluate patient outcomes.
  • With the increase in clinical research around the world and as the number of clinical trials in the U.S. has increased, there is a strong demand for nurses with these skills.


This program is not a replacement for PhD programs that prepare nurse scientists but provides the foundation for future enrollment in a PhD program.