Program location: Davenport campus

The M.S. in Clinical Research curriculum is designed to be completed in two years on the Davenport, Iowa, campus. It consists of a variety of core and elective courses, a development plan and two research practicum projects. In order to graduate, you're required to complete at least two elective courses for a minimum of three credit hours.

View sample schedule of core courses.

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Your development plan

When you enroll in the M.S. Program, Palmer faculty will form a Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) just for you. You'll select a clinical research faculty member as your primary mentor to chair your GAC. Together, you'll choose at least two additional members to serve on your GAC.

The entire committee then guides you in creating a professional development plan. They'll also help in registering for core courses, planning additional coursework to support your research emphasis and developing your research practicum projects.

Research practicum projects

You must successfully complete two practicum projects to earn your degree. These projects are patient-oriented research. They'll be based on your interests and your faculty mentor's expertise.

You'll be directly involved in clinical research and working with patients as you collect, analyze and interpret data. Your Graduate Advisory Committee will approve your projects based on an initial plan and final written and oral reports. Scholarly products, such as publication-quality manuscripts, are desirable.

Your two practicum projects may be:

  • Part of a larger research question being explored by PCCR faculty.
  • A separate exploration altogether.
  • Two studies related to one another as part of an overall project, or two completely unrelated studies.

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Program overview

Year 1

  • Take required coursework.
  • Create a professional development plan.
  • Begin practicum #1.

Year 2

  • Take elective coursework. You may focus on areas that interest you, including clinical biomechanics, clinical neuroscience or experimental clinical research.
  • Finish practicum #1.
  • Begin and finish practicum #2.

Course descriptions