Adrienne Dunn writing for State Press reports that this September, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs voted unanimously to award ASU’s clinical research management program with a full accreditation, making the school the first in the country to carry the title. This is the first time that national standards have been developed for clinical research management academic programs, and ASU was the first university to apply for the accreditation.
Clinical research is a branch of healthcare science that determines if medicines are safe and effective before making them available to the public. Three of ASU’s programs were accredited: the master’s in clinical research management, master’s in clinical research management with regulatory science concentration and the certificate program in clinical research management. JoAnn Pfeiffer, the director of the Clinical Research Management Program, said the accreditation will demonstrate to students, applicants and employers that their program will create leaders. “As ASU has the only accredited programs, this is a feather in (the students’) cap,” Pfeiffer said. “Not only can we claim that we are a high quality program, but have demonstrated this through the accreditation process. We have shown through a careful, extensive and long review of our programs that our courses successfully prepare our students for the challenges and the ever-changing landscape of clinical trial management.”
Clinical professor and senior director of Health-Related Programs, Cris Wells, said faculty had been observing ASU’s clinical research management program for the last five years.