Clinical research degree debuts
Sunday, July 25, 2010
A new graduate program will teach professionals to design, conduct, manage and evaluate human clinical trials for the medical device industry.
Classes for the Master’s of Science in Applied Clinical Research degree debut evenings and weekends this fall at St. Cloud State's Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove.
The graduate center is in the northwest quadrant of the Twin Cites which has the highest concentration of medical device companies in Minnesota.
Minnesota has more medical technology workers than any state but California and the nation's highest concentration of medical technology jobs relative to total employment, according to a June 2010 study by the Lewin Group.
The applied clinical research curriculum, which was developed by top industry experts, targets an underserved sector of the medical device industry.
Clinical research is critical to developing safe and effective medical products for patients worldwide. Clinical research professionals ensure research protocols adhere to federal and international medical device regulations for safety and efficacy. In short, they help validate medical devices within strict scientific and ethical standards.
"Gaining additional experience about the profession in the educational environment means that these students will be prepared to hit the ground running upon hire," said Dan Schaber, vice president of clinical research for Medtronic’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management.
"As a hiring manager, if I can spend more time on trial development and execution versus developing and delivering dedicated training programs, the result is enhanced productivity," Schaber said.