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Undergraduate and post graduate degree holders in life sciences, includes nursing, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or pharmacy are the potential candidates for entry level positions in clinical research. Those who want to built up a lucrative career in clinical research could pursue medical studies, pharmaceutical studies or life sciences and then enter a doctoral program in their field of interest.
B.Pharm graduates / B.Sc. graduates in Life Science with relevant knowledge in clinical research can go for post graduate course in clinical research, i.e M.Sc. Clinical Research or MBA Clinical Research or M.Pharm Courses. After that they can opt for a Ph.D program or Post Graduate Diploma or Diploma Program in Clinical Research and can join the industry.
The basic eligibility for MBA, M.Pharm and M.Sc courses in clinical research is B.Sc ( Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbilogy, Genetics, Nursing), M.B.B.S / B.D.S / B.A.M.S / B.H.M.S /B.V.Sc. Pharmaceutics and pharmacology students has greater scope in clinical research. Several institutes in India offer M.Sc. Clinical Research Courses. Sikkim Manipal University, Indian Institute of Clinical Research (ICRI) at Jaipur, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi etc. are some of the institutes offering Post graduate clinical research courses.
For Diploma and Post Graduate Programs in Clinical Research, candidates must possess a graduation in any of the fields namely Life Science, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Paramedical Science, Allied Health Sciences and Biotechnology with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. Working professionals/ practicing doctors meeting the above criteria can also apply for these programs.
Admission to the Post Graduate Programs, Diploma Programs and PhD Programs will be based on entrance test and interview. The selection process varies according to the institute and courses. Admission to the M. Pharm and MBA clinical research course in National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad is through CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average).
Clinical research professionals are involved in all phases of clinical
trials. Clinical research is a responsible job which requires integrity,
thoroughness, determination, innovation and analytical thinking. A clinical
research professional should possess good knowledge of English language,
reading comprehension skills, active listening skills, writing skills,
critical thinking, coordination and communicating skills. They should
have the knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose
and treat human injuries, diseases and deformities. Concern for Others,
flexibility, social Orientation, cooperation, reliability, ability to
work as a team are the other attributes needed for this professional.
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