Admission Information

Approximately 60 students are admitted to the B.S. in Clinical Research degree program each year. Admission to the Clinical Research program is competitive and fulfilling all of the admission requirements listed below does not guarantee admission to the Program. Eligible students may submit an application to the program once they have earned at least 45 credits and have the minimum requirements described below.

Minimum Requirements for Admissions Review

  • Admission to UNCW: Students must be admitted to UNCW and pay the enrollment deposit through the Office of Admissions prior to applying to the Clinical Research Program.
  • GPA: A 2.5 GPA is required for all college level work regardless of location.
  • Prerequisite Courses: All but one course listed in Table 1 must be successfully completed prior to the start of the first semester of Clinical Research courses. Successful course completion is defined as a grade of “C” or better. Preference may be given to students who have completed a greater number of prerequisite courses. We recommend that at least four prerequisite courses, including Chemistry and a Biology be completed or in progress at the time of application.

Table 1: Prerequisites for the Clinical Research Program

PSY 105 General Psychology
BIO 201 General Biology
BIO/L 240 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
BIO/L 241 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
BIO 246 Microbiology
CHM 101 General Chemistry
STT 210, STT 215, BAN 280, or PSY 225 Statistics
MAT 111 College Algebra or higher

Please keep in mind the following information regarding these prerequisite courses:

  • Students taking outstanding prerequisites over the summer prior to admission into the Clinical Research Program must provide copies of transcripts prior to the start of their courses in the Clinical Research Program.
  • The ONE outstanding prerequisite course must be completed by the end of the second semester of the program. Failure to complete all outstanding prerequisites by this deadline will prevent students from progressing in the program and most likely result in a one-year delay in graduation.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years prior to application. Some exceptions may be granted based on educational or work history. The Clinical Research Program Coordinator will make the final decision regarding prerequisite courses that are over 10 years old. Please contact if you believe you qualify for an exception.
  • UNCW students taking courses elsewhere to meet prerequisite requirements are required to complete the UNCW Transient Study request pre-approval process to ensure that courses will transfer to UNCW appropriately.
  • Prerequisite GPA:
    • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA for courses listed in Table 2.
    • The highest grade for each course will be calculated.
    • Courses that are transferred but not accepted as prerequisites by UNCW may be evaluated by the CLR Admission Information Program Coordinator and potentially accepted as meeting the prerequisite requirement. Please contact or your Student Success Center advisor to discuss.