• ACCRE Accredited Research Certificates

    Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Research & Education (ACCRE). Gain two expert accredited research certificates that will allow you to seek and secure a clinical research position as well as enhance your resume in just 4-weeks! Your Nationally Accredited Research Certificates include Advanced Clinical Research Assistant (ACRA) Certificate and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certificate.

  • On-demand, Flexible, Virtual Learning

    4-weeks, self-paced, instructional content is delivered fully online via module-based learning, accessible 24/7 through mobile and tablet-friendly student portals. Flexible, on-demand access to the online course content allows students to work through the training course at a pace that is most convenient for them with no due dates or set schedules on assignments.

  • Immersive Interactive Curriculum and Simulations

    Activities such as knowledge checks, case scenarios, and simulation exercises reviewing essential documentation for correctness and completeness provide the learner with a hands-on opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the course in their daily roles. Apply the new concepts and skills you learn in practical exercises, ongoing activities, and real-world projects.

  • Affordable and Convenient

    All-inclusive course content includes unlimited 12-month access to all instructional learning materials, textbooks, official practice exams, skills simulations, and the national GCP exam. No additional fees or costs are required after enrollment.

Key Course Components

This course is ideal for pre-med, pre-dental, pre-PA, pre-pharmacy, pre-nursing, and other health science students seeking to fill a gap in research experience on their resumes or simply seeking to gain essential skills necessary for entry into the clinical research industry.

  • 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.


All-inclusive fee covers 12-month full access to learning materials, textbooks, simulations, and final certificate exam.

Payment Plan Option: Enroll in an interest-free 2 monthly installment payment plan. First payment due at sign up. Second Payment due 1 month after enrollment.

Course available immediately after enrollment.

What You Will Learn

Learn the fundamentals of effectively conducting clinical research alongside researchers and medical providers as you assist with administration, coordination, and management of clinical trials and research studies.

  • 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

Course Syllabus

Includes 7 modules of right-sized content interwoven with interactivity and instant performance feedback.

Module 1:
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
Module 2:

 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
Module 3: 

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
Module 4:

 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
Module 5:

- 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
Module 6:

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

Module 7:

 Course Review
Certificate Exam 

 - 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

ACCRE Accreditation

We are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Research Education (ACCRE)


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.

Why is Gaining Research Experience Valuable Before Medical, Dental, PA, Nursing, and Pharmacy School?

  • 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.