Our next quarterly session begins the week of April 7, 2019. We will only accept 15 students per quarter.
How The Academy Is Structured
The CRA Academy is a 3 month course that has an optional and free internship program where students who successfully complete the program will be invited to work at some of our sites as in-house CRA's. Our academy is 100% online with weekly video modules followed by a weekly live webinar taught by one of our CRA instructors. The 1 hour webinars are held every Saturday at 1 PM PST for the duration of the academy. During the webinars, the lessons from the prior week's module will be reviewed, questions will be answered, and homework will be assigned. We use real virtual workspaces and actual EDC systems that are used in the industry in order for students to better familiarize themselves with common industry tools. After the 3 month academy, a final exam will be given and students must pass the exam to successfully complete the academy. During the 3 month course students will also become GCP, NIH, and IATA certified. Post-academy internships will be made available. Students have the option of doing monitoring quality assurance activities remotely (online), in person for 2-5 days at a time, or a combination of the two. Students are also encouraged to come to Southern California at 2 of our own research sites where they will be given hands on experience on many of the concepts covered in the class. Additionally, we are wholly owned by DSCS CRO which engages in phase 1-4 industry sponsored and investigator initiated trials. Some students will be given opportunities to work within our CRO during the internship phase. Certificates will be distributed to students who have successfully completed the coursework. Students must have at least a Bachelor's degree to be considered for the academy. To purchase the academy is $1,500 USD per month for 3 months for a total of $4,500; OR a one time upfront payment of $3,000 (a 33% discount). In order to register, you may pay the $3,000 discounted rate on this website by clicking on the Register button at the top right corner of this website or by clicking on the Buy Now button below. For students choosing to purchase month to month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a $1,500 electronic invoice to secure your spot on our roster. This deposit will be credited towards your tuition. We accept credit/debit card payments only. You may register now at the bottom of this website if you'd like.
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Why Be A CRA?
CRA's are always in high demand and the career can be quite rewarding. There are however, very few opportunities out there for individuals without any knowledge or industry experience. The minimum requirements for an individual to become a CRA are as follows:
-Must have at least a Bachelor's degree (foreign degrees are acceptable; degrees do not have to be science related)
-Must have a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of clinical research
-Prior industry experience is typically required
Who We Are
We are a group of individuals that have been operating various clinical research sites, CRO's, and consulting companies since 2005. Due to a huge demand, from many of our clients, we have decided to create The CRA Academy as a tool for not only teaching the fundamental principles of clinical research, but also to provide students with some much needed (and often required) industry experience. For your convenience we have uploaded some videos we feel might be helpful to you in your decision making.
How long is the internship?
The internship is only available to students who pass the final exam. We typically recommend graduates spend at least 3 months for the internship phase however students may intern for as long as they need in order to gain the necessary work experience. We do not charge anything extra for the internship.
Can I do the internship remotely?
Yes. Although we recommend everyone try to visit a research clinic in our network for a few days every 3 months, we can do most monitoring activities such as source data verification remotely.
Do I need to quit my job to intern?
No. We purposely limit your workload to 1-4 hours per week and interns can make their own schedule for the most part.
Are We Accredited?
Yes. We are accredited by the Accreditation Council For Clinical Research & Education - ACCRE.