New students, CRAs, CRCs, investigators, and other clinical research professionals.
The foundation course can be used as foundational role-based training for learners needing basic CRA, CRC training or organizations needing onboarding training for new CRAs or CRCs. This class is very important to those pursuing a career in clinical research.
The class duration is 2 months. Learning modules vary in length, and learners may require different amounts of time to complete them based on their familiarity and prior knowledge of the topics. Students are required to complete a minimum of 4 hours training per week.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes clinical research associates as medical scientists, and the agency predicts job opportunities for these professionals will increase by 17% from 2021 to 2031. This figure is more than double the average for all occupations in this period, meaning you may be able to find work in this field relatively easily.
According to the Bureau, an expanding population, increasing population density and the growing frequency of international travel may create a need for more clinical research associates to help with the creation of new drugs and vaccines to combat illnesses and diseases.
Some of the primary skills clinical research associates need have to be successful in their career include analytical and creative thinking skills, attention to detail and strong written and verbal communication. Other notable skills to develop include:
- Organization and planning
- Documentation and filing
- Interpersonal and collaboration
- Laboratory procedures
- Knowledge of medical terminologies, clinical practices and regulatory policies
- Ability to recognize logistical problems
- Proficiency with computers and databases