Graduates of the Pathway to Health Professions Program may choose to enter the workforce in the field of clinical research. Clinical research is a very rapidly expanding enterprise, with a great need for trained individuals to fill positions on clinical research teams performing the research necessary to obtain federal approval of new drugs, medical devices, and medical procedures. Clinical research is performed in clinics, hospital wards, pharmaceutical companies, medical device firms, doctors' offices, operating rooms, and other healthcare settings.
Graduates of the program can fill positions in which they are responsible for interacting with physicians whose patients are participating in the research study; interviewing participants; taking medical histories; obtaining informed consent; collecting, entering, and compiling data; and manipulating data for publication of research results. These activities require individuals with advanced training in policies and procedures of clinical research. Graduates will have that knowledge and understand the procedures for designing and implementing clinical research protocols and governmental regulations guiding clinical research projects.