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Clinical Trials Research Associate

CTRA student

The Clinical Trials Research Associate (CTRA) curriculum prepares individuals to assist investigators and clinical researchers in the initiation, administration, coordination, and management of clinical research studies for the development of new drugs, clinical products, and treatment regimens.

Course work includes in-depth study of drug development, federal regulations, good clinical practices, and clinical research processes. Supervised fieldwork provides skills application in protocol and CRF design, subject recruitment, regulatory compliance, accountability for drugs and devices, and auditing documentation in clinical research studies.

Students completing the seven-semester evening program, which includes daytime fieldwork rotations, may earn the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Students with current experience in direct clinical research may be eligible for the Level I and Level II programs. Students completing the four-semester Level I evening program or the four-semester Level II evening program earn a certificate.

Graduates may be eligible to sit for national certification examinations. Research employment opportunities include medical centers, hospitals, pharmaceutical industries, clinics, research facilities, biotechnology or device companies, and physician offices.