Clinical Research Associate Graduate Certificate Program
The Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Graduate Certificate program is an online program that responds to the needs of the rapidly expanding field of Clinical Research, creating exciting opportunities for trained professionals. The program can be completed in 16 months if you enroll in one course per semester through four continuous semesters. Each course consists of 48 credit hours for a total of 192 credit hours.
Interested in a career in clinical research?
What are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are scientific studies of the effects, risks and benefits of medicinal products, including new and currently marketed drugs.
What does a Clinical Research Associate do?
A Clinical Research Associate (CRA) assists in the design, preparation, planning, implementation and review of a clinical trial to ensure it adheres to regulatory and ethical standards. CRA's also assist in communicating findings to the research community.
Why become a Clinical Research Associate?
Clinical Research Associates (CRA) contribute to research studies that have a major impact on health care, such as developing new medications, and testing new treatment devices and methods. Significant advancements in these areas and expanding regulatory requirements have increased the demand for trained CRA's.
Clinical research is a rapidly expanding field, creating exciting opportunities for trained professionals. Graduates of this program are employed in both the hospital sector and research industries, and can advance to management roles. CRAs work in a broad range of research settings, including:
- Academic health centres
- Government agencies and departments
- Contract research organizations
- Private companies, such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device firms
How long does the program take?
Michener's Clinical Research Associate Graduate Certificate program is offered online. Study on your own time, and complete the program in sixteen months if you enroll in one courses per semester through four continuous semesters. Graduates receive The Michener Institute's Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Associate.
Courses for the Clinical Research Associate Program are done through continuing education on a course by course basis. Online courses are offered several times throughout the year. Many students wish to take these courses for interest only. In order to qualify and be granted a certificate in this program, students in these courses must meet the admission requirements as posted, including any language requirements, and must apply to the program with full supporting documentation. This application can be made at any time during the courses but no later than the end of the third course.
Admission requirements to the Graduate Certificate Program are a Bachelor of Science in a health sciences field or Registered Nurse or Certification with a recognized body in one of the health technologies [e.g. certification with CSMLS, CSRT or CAMRT].
Please Note: Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, but with current relavent work experience in an appropriate research environment, will be assessed on an individual basis. Submission of two letters of support will be required; one from a direct superivisor and one from your human resources department. As well as a current resume describing background and experience.
Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet and an e-mail account.
Students must meet Michener’s English language proficiency policy. Please view the English Language Proficiency Policy for further information. If you require an English language assessment, please review our English Language Assessment page for specific requirements.
How do I apply?
To apply please submit the following documents to The Michener Institute:
- Completed Michener Application form
- Official academic transcripts and official copies of certification documents. Official Notarized copies will also be accepted.
- All applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment .
- A $30.00 non-refundable application fee
Your application should be sent to:
Office of the Registrar
The Michener Institute
222 St. Patrick Street
Fax: (416) 596-3122
For more information on the application process please visit Michener's Admissions page.
What will I learn?
When you enroll in Michener's Clinical Research Associate Graduate Certificate program , you will acquire the technical expertise, knowledge and interpersonal skills needed to become a valuable member of a clinical research team.
- Communication skills and the use of technology to effect the communication
- Ethical theory and ethical issues related to clinical research
- Phases and element of clinical trials
- Design, preparation, planning, implementation and evaluation of a project
- Basic statistical analysis of data