Clinical Trials Research Associate Program

students practice conducting lab experiment 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.

student pipettes fluid into test tube Students who complete the six-semester program earn the Associate in Applied Science degree. Please note that the evening program includes daytime fieldwork rotations.

Students with current experience in direct clinical research may be eligible for the Advanced Topics or Data Management certificate programs.

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.