Clinical drug trials are increasing rapidly both in the US and abroad. As a result the need for clinical research associates, clinical research coordinators, clinical data managers, and regulatory affairs professionals has grown throughout the biopharmaceutical industry.
Individuals in these careers work together on various phases of a clinical trial from conception to completion. These careers usually require certification via examinations sponsored by professional associations. Requirements for the examination are a combination of educational degrees and experience hours.
More information can be found at the websites of the following professional organizations:
Note: These careers should not be confused with careers in the actual development of new drugs, which usually require master's and doctoral degrees in a science field (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmaceutical science, or pharmacology).
These programs offer advanced (usually master's) degrees in clinical trials and lead to more advanced positions in clinical trial management.
Specific Prerequisites: Please check individual school prerequisites for more information, for instance the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, at http://shrp.rutgers.edu/general/virtualCatalog/Graduateprograms.html