Research is the lifeline of medical advancement
Clinical research contributes to medical advancement and the greater good of patient lives worldwide. Your involvement in innovative medical research shows admissions officers your dedication to the progress and enhancement of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
Research is an opportunity to do something novel
Clinical research allows you to study novel drugs, diseases, or treatment protocols. This requires you to reason and think outside of the box. Involvement with research shows admissions officers your ability to critically think and push the status quo.
Research provides mentorship
As a CTRA, you will collaborate with principal investigators (PI) and leading healthcare researchers which provide you the valuable opportunity for growth and development through mentorship. Your dedicated involvement in the research can lead to a consequential letter of recommendation from your PI.
Clinical Research Assistants work in hospitals or laboratories to assist physicians and lead researchers in the development, coordination, and management of clinical trials for the development of new drugs, treatment regimens, and medical devices. As a clinical research assistant, your responsibilities include preparing the laboratory, processing volunteers, taking biological samples or vital signs, collecting and organizing data, assessing and interpreting results, etc.
Gain in-depth training in scientific, ethical, and technical concepts of the clinical trial implemented by the clinical research assistant.
Gain well-rounded knowledge on clinical research methods and protocols.
Earn an accredited Advanced Clinical Research Assistant (ACRA) Certificate.
Earn a professional credential: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certificate.
Different clinical trial types and study phases related to drug and medical device development
Principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP); regulations and guidelines applicable to clinical trials
Protection of research participants' rights, safety and welfare
Research study design, data collection, best practices for data management
Fundamentals of Clinical Research
|- Clinical Research Terminology
- Understanding U.S. Clinical Research
- Common Types of Clinical Trials
- Federal Regulations & Oversight Bodies
- Protocol & Designing a Clinical Trial
- Data Management
- Ensuring Compliance
- Clinical Budgeting & Billing in Research
Guidelines of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
|- Research Protocol
- Overview of ICH GCP
- Recruitment & Retention
- Informed Consent Communication
- Privacy and Confidentiality
- Detecting & Evaluating Adverse Events
- Quality Control Assurance
- Research Misconduct
Research Study Design (RSD)
|- Introduction to Scientific Research
- Observational Research
- Interventional Research
- Quantitative Research
- Survey Research: Designing & Conducting the Research
- Detecting and Evaluating Adverse Events
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Mixed Methods Research
- Reproducibility of Research Results
Human Subjects Research (HSR)
|- History and Ethics of Human Subjects Research
- Social and Behavioral Research (SBR)
- Research and HIPAA Privacy Protections
- IRB Regulations and Review Process
- Informed Consent
- Research Involving Vulnerable Populations
- Research Involving Children
- Research Involving Pregnant Women, Fetuses
- Conflicts of Interest in Human Subjects Research
|- History of Bioethics
- Ethical Frameworks
- Ethics & Clinical Practice: Pediatrics
- Ethics & Clinical Practice: Adults
- Reproductive Ethics & Start-of-life Issues
- Aging & End-of-life issues
- Genetics & Ethics
- Gender & Bioethics
- Justice & Healthcare
- Human Enhancement
Observational Research Protocols
|- Introduction to Observational Research
- Designing a Cross-Sectional Study
- Designing an Observational Cohort Study
- Designing a Case-Control Study
- Putting Your Protocol Together
- Certificate Exam: 50 Questions
- Grade of 80% Required to Recieve ACRA Certificate
- Student may re-take the certificate exam until a passing grade is achieved
Accreditation Council for Clinical Research Education
ACCRE is a global body for the accreditation of Clinical Research Organizations and providers of professional training programs in clinical research. ACCRE was established in 1965 for the accreditation of professional training programs in clinical research, and in 1979 its scope of activity was broadened to include the accreditation of Clinical Research Organizations and providers of professional clinical research education both nationally and internationally. Assuring and Advancing Quality in Clinical Research & Education for Organizations engaging in Clinical Research Certification Training. To verify program accreditation or to learn more, please visit www.ACCRE-accredit.org.