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* This program is financial aid eligible.
* Most courses can be completed online.

Clinical Trials Research Associate

Long Term

The Clinical Trials Research Associate curriculum prepares individuals to assist physicians and clinical researchers in the initiation, administration, coordination, and management of clinical research studies for the development of new drugs, clinical products, and treatment regimens.

Course work includes in-depth study of drug development, Federal regulations, and clinical research processes. Supervised fieldwork provides skill application in subject recruitment, regulatory compliance, accountability for drugs/devices, and documentation of subject involvement in clinical research studies.

Graduates may be eligible to sit for national certification examinations. Research employment opportunities may include medical centers, hospitals, pharmaceutical industries, clinics, research facilities, biotechnology or device companies, and physicians' offices.

The Clinical Trials Research Associate program at Durham Tech is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

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Students from Durham Tech and Wake Tech can take advantage of shared resources and opportunities offered by a new collaboration called RTP Bio.

How to Apply

Program applications are accepted until July 15 for a fall start or December 15 for a spring start.

Before you Apply

Learn more about clinical trials research (video)

Attend an information session (recommended). They are listed in the Upcoming Events section below. Not sure about which CTRA program to choose? View the CTRA program decision chart.

View the Admissions Checklist and the Essential Skills form.

Apply to the College

New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should apply to the College using the Health Tech Students then Steps to Apply.

Apply to the CTRA Associate Degree Program

Once prerequisites are completed, apply to the CTRA program using the program application form. Submit program applications electronically to Admissions, Registration, and Records (not Health and Wellness). Drop off locations are also listed on the Electronic Document Submission webpage.

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Main Campus, Online

Minimum Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CTR-110 Introduction to Clinical Research 3
CTR-112 Clinical Research Terminology 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3

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