Our next quarterly session begins the week of October 14, 2019.  We will only accept 15 students per quarter. This training applies to most clinical research positions such as study coordinators, CRAs, and dozens of other industry roles!

We help our students to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of clinical research from the perspective of a generalist

  • Gain industry experience after the 3 month online course with an optional (and included) onsite or remote internship

  • The opportunity to spend a week at 2 of our Southern California research clinics to kick off the internship portion

  • Job interview prep

  • Job leads

  • CV preparation

  • Unlimited support throughout your clinical research career

Here is a 4.5 hour comprehensive crash course of many of the topics which the course takes a deep dive into.

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 dan@theclinicaltrialsguru.com 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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We are proud to announce that we are contracted with the  Maryland Tech Connection  to provide training for their residents in the Life Sciences sector. To join the CRA Academy through them please  click here . We are also looking to partner with additional states or organizations for students who would like to go that route, however anyone can take our CRA Academy course privately as well.

We are proud to announce that we are contracted with the Maryland Tech Connection to provide training for their residents in the Life Sciences sector. To join the CRA Academy through them please click here. We are also looking to partner with additional states or organizations for students who would like to go that route, however anyone can take our CRA Academy course privately as well.



Why Be A CRA?

CRAs 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, CROs, 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 process.    



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.





Weekly Video Modules Followed By Weekly Live Webinar

Week 1: Site Selection Visits

Week 2: Regulatory

Week 3: Source Documents Pt.1

Week 4: Source Documents Pt.2



Weekly Video Modules Followed By Weekly Live Webinar

Week 5: Interim Monitoring Visit

Week 6: Closeout Visit

Week 7: Site Initiation Visit

Week 8: Protocol Deviations, IP Accountability, Miscellaneous


Month 3 is where we finally get to put what we have learned during the previous 2 months to work.  In this segment of the academy we focus heavily on Electronic Data Capture (EDC) and Source Data Verification (SDV) just like real CRA's do on a daily basis.  We have a partnership with one of the largest EDC providers in the industry and they have created a platform exclusively for our Academy.  


Additional Video Resources

If you are ready to register and pay now, you may do so here.  A $3,000 payment will be charged to your credit card.  This will pay for the entire 3 month course and subsequent internship.  If you choose to pay month by month, please email dan@theclinicaltrialsguru.com and we will send you a monthly invoice of $1,500.

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Refund Policy

In the event that a student wishes a refund, we will only grant the refund if the access to the CRA Academy materials have not been received by student. Other refunds will be considered on a case by case basis, students may contact Dan Sfera at (949) 415-6256 or email dan@theclinicaltrialsguru.com

Shipping Policy

Since The CRA Academy does not have physical products to sell, the shipping policy will refer to access granted to the learning materials which are hosted on our secured servers and virtual workspaces online.  Students will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to proceed to access the documents.  Three months after the completion of The CRA Academy, students will no longer have access to the learning materials.  

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Upon registering and paying the deposit for the first month of the three month Academy, or the entire payment upfront on this site, students will be granted access to the learning materials and will be invited to the weekly live webinars.  On the first of the month for the second and third months of The CRA Academy respectively, students will be contacted by our billing department in order to process payments for Month 2 and Month 3.  If students fail to pay by the 10th of the month for Month 2 or Month 3 respectively, we reserve the right to remove students from our Academy until payments have been made. Individual requests and unique circumstances could be resolved by contacting a member of The CRA Academy.  Three months after the completion of The CRA Academy, students will no longer have access to the learning materials.