A Clinical Research Professional (CRP) program is designed for students who plan to move into clinical research positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as contract research organizations, medical research laboratories, and government labs. CRPs perform clinical research studies on the effects of new drugs, new applications of approved drugs, or new medical devices on humans, and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new therapies.
Training is likely to cover areas important for passing the certifying examinations of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) or the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Some programs have prerequisites such as a degree in nursing, pharmacology, or biological sciences, and/or experience.
Courses may include:
- Clinical Research Methods
- Clinical Regulatory Procedures
- Technical Communications
- Bioethics for Clinical Research