The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Introduction to Clinical Trials


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This eLearning course will be accessible for up to one year from the date of purchase. Please note that CEUs are NOT provided for this course.

Course Description

This free program provides fundamental education about the role clinical research plays in advancing medical knowledge and the work conducted by clinical research professionals.

The course details how medical products are developed, how volunteer patients are protected, and who plays key roles in the development, research, review, and approval of medical products. The one-hour online program also explores how historical studies have laid the path for creation, revision, and enforcement of the ethical principles and guidelines governing today’s clinical trials.

“ACRP is proud to offer this fundamental education in support of our mission to promote excellence in clinical research,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director.

“As the leader in clinical research workforce development, providing those new to the profession with a core understanding of clinical research is a critical initiative for ACRP. We are thrilled to be able to freely provide this program to individuals, clinical trial sites, contract research organizations, and trial sponsors. Thank you to Labconnect LLC for providing ACRP the educational grant to develop this program.”

Introduction to Clinical Trials is an ideal program for novice clinical researchers, including investigators, coordinators, and trial monitors, to develop the foundational knowledge upon which they can develop their competence as clinical research professionals. The program is perfect for those interested in the profession or indirectly involved in clinical trials.

In addition to supporting clinical research professionals and organizations, this program is an ideal tool for organizations seeking to help educate the public about clinical research and to raise awareness of clinical trials and the clinical research profession.

“We welcome everyone looking to spread the word about clinical research to leverage this resource, including the academic institutions and other associations around the world educating those who will ultimately become the workforce of tomorrow,” says Kremidas.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the study and site activities and requirements
  • Explain the core ethical principles of clinical research
  • Discuss how the research subject’s safety, rights and welfare are protected in clinical trials
  • Describe the development process for medical products and the related regulations
  • Determine good clinical practices for ensuring the safety of the research subject and the validity of a clinical trial


Patients, research subjects, lay people, nurses, physicians, students and others interested in learning more about the field of clinical research.

The SCORM-compliant program can be hosted on organizational Learning Management Systems. Contact Jenna Rouse, ACRP Director of Business Development, at or +1.703.254.8109 for information.

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