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The Oncology CRA

On successful completion of this program, you will be certified and will have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies to start at an entry level role as Oncology Monitor (CRA) or similar.

What you will learn

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Gain a comprehensive understanding of cancer biology, including the causes, risk factors, and global impact of the disease.

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Develop skills in designing and implementing oncology clinical trials, including tumor grading, staging, and patient recruitment.

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Develop skills in designing and implementing oncology clinical trials, including tumor grading, staging, and patient recruitment.

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Master techniques for conducting clinical assessments, managing adverse events, and understanding dose modifications to ensure effective and safe treatment protocols.

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Cancer and Treatment GoalsEXPERT
1 lesson • 1 assignment • 1 knowledge check • 11 hours
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ACHIEVE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF CANCER TREATMENT GOALS

This first module introduces you to the foundational concepts of cancer and its treatment goals. You will learn about the definition, causes, and risk factors of cancer, as well as its global impact. This module also covers various treatment goals including cure, control, and palliation, providing a comprehensive understanding of cancer management.

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✓ Understand the characteristics of cell formation, the major causes of cancer, and the global impact of the disease.

✓ Examine the impact of oncology studies and current treatment methods.

✓ Discuss available treatments and the objectives of treating cancer.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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ACHIEVE YOUR CANCER TREATMENT EXPERTISE

This module offers a comprehensive understanding of various cancer treatments and their goals. Dive into the intricacies of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and advanced therapies, and explore complementary and alternative medicine. With expert guidance from Patricia Hollis, you’ll gain valuable insights into managing cancer treatments and their adverse reactions, equipping you with the knowledge to make informed decisions in clinical practice.

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✓ Examine various cancer treatments and their adverse reactions.

✓ Explore alternative treatment options.

✓ Understand the principles behind different therapeutic approaches.

✓ Gain insights into patient management during cancer treatments.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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ADVANCE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF CANCER TREATMENTS

This module will deepen your knowledge in the field of cancer treatment. You’ll delve into the intricate details of chemotherapy and radiation, exploring their mechanisms, uses, and impacts. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the most common cancer drugs, the principles behind their use, and the delicate balance of risks versus benefits in tumor therapies.

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Identify common cancer drugs and cancer combinations.
✓ Thoroughly understand the relationship between risk and benefits of tumor therapies.
Recognize chemotherapy drug types and different principles.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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ADVANCE YOUR KNOWLEDGE IN TUMOR ASSESSMENT

This advanced module is designed to enhance your understanding of tumor grading and staging systems, crucial tools in oncology. You will delve into the intricacies of how tumors are classified and staged, providing a foundation for treatment decisions and prognosis evaluation. With guidance from an expert instructor, Patricia Hollis, you will master these essential concepts to improve your clinical research capabilities.

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Understand the concepts of Tumor Grades.

Learn the different systems used for tumor grading and staging.

Explore the significance of tumor classification in treatment planning and prognosis.

Gain insights into the methodologies and criteria for assessing tumor progression.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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REALIZE YOUR EXPERTISE IN ONCOLOGY STUDY DESIGN

Unlock the complexities of oncology trials with this expert-level module. Dive deep into the intricate designs of oncology studies, exploring the nuances that make these trials unique. With guidance from Patricia Hollis, an esteemed expert in the field, you will gain comprehensive knowledge and practical skills essential for designing and managing successful oncology studies.

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Discuss Oncology trial schematics and understand the design features.

Describe the four phases of Oncology studies.

Understand endpoint requirements in Oncology.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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MASTER CLINICAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

This module is designed to provide you with comprehensive knowledge of clinical assessments, especially within the context of oncology trials. You will gain a deep understanding of various assessment methods, from tissue sampling to advanced imaging techniques, and how these tools are used to evaluate and monitor patient progress.

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Recognize common clinical assessments related to oncology trials.

Gain proficiency in reviewing clinical reports and interpreting assessment results.

Identify disease history and understand common Inclusion/Exclusion criteria.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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ACHIEVE MASTERY IN CANCER THERAPY LINES

In this advanced module, you’ll dive deep into the intricate world of oncology, focusing on the different lines of therapies used in cancer treatment. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the various therapy approaches, including single and combination treatments, as well as adjuvant and neo-adjuvant therapies. This module is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of cancer dosing and dose escalation.

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Define each line of therapy and understand the timing of each line.

Understand dosing design in oncology studies.

Explore single and combination therapies and their applications.

Differentiate between adjuvant and neo-adjuvant therapies.

Comprehend palliative therapy and its role in patient care.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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MASTER THE MANAGEMENT OF ADVERSE EVENTS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH

This advanced module is designed for experienced clinical researchers aiming to deepen their understanding of adverse events, dose-limiting toxicity, and dose modifications. Through this module, you will gain expertise in identifying, reporting, and managing adverse events to ensure patient safety and data integrity in clinical trials, particularly in oncology studies.

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Recognize the most common adverse events and discuss clinical events related to oncology studies.
Understand the risk assessment and reporting requirements for adverse events and SAEs.
Learn the methodologies for dose-limiting toxicity and dose modifications.
Develop the ability to conduct thorough risk assessments.
Gain insights into the common toxicities and the DLT process.

Your instructor:

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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MASTER ONCOLOGY SUBJECT IDENTIFICATION AND ENROLLMENT

Navigating the complexities of oncology subject identification and the enrollment process is critical for the success of clinical trials. This module delves into the intricacies of recruiting oncology subjects, from initial screening procedures to confirming eligibility and cancer diagnosis. Led by expert instructor Patricia Hollis, you will gain valuable insights and practical knowledge to enhance your clinical research skills in this specialized field.

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Discuss recruitment challenges in Oncology studies.
Describe the screening and enrollment process.
Understand the role of the medical monitor and various key members during the screening.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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MASTER CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION AND ANALYSIS

This module is designed to enhance your expertise in managing and analyzing critical clinical documents. You’ll delve into the essential elements of pathology and radiology, gaining a comprehensive understanding of clinical reports and source documents. This knowledge is crucial for accurate data interpretation and decision-making in oncology studies.

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Become familiar with Pathology, Radiology, and Clinical reports and source documents.

Understand MRIs and CTs and their role in oncology studies.

Identify critical data in source documents related to cancer results.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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MASTER ONCOLOGY DISEASE PROGRESSION ASSESSMENT

This advanced module will provide you with comprehensive knowledge on the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST). You’ll delve into the intricacies of tumor measurement and response evaluation, critical for oncology clinical trials. Through detailed lessons and practical assignments, you’ll learn to accurately assess disease progression, enhancing your proficiency in clinical research.

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Distinguish between RECIST 1.0 and RECIST 1.1.

Utilize appropriate oncology disease progression algorithms.

Understand disease progression thoroughly.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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MASTER THE COMPLEXITIES OF ONCOLOGY RESEARCH SITES

Delve into the specialized world of oncology research with this comprehensive module. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the unique infrastructure of oncology sites and how it impacts the Delegation of Responsibility log. Prepare to tackle the challenges of monitoring at these sites by learning about the key roles and functions of site staff. This module, guided by expert instructor Patricia Hollis, will equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage oncology research sites.

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Prepare for challenges with site structure and Delegation of Responsibility at oncology sites.
Describe key site staff and associated roles.
Discuss the key function of site staff.

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

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MASTER THE ART OF ONCOLOGY MONITORING

This comprehensive module is designed to equip you with the expertise required to excel as an Oncology Monitor. Delve into the intricate details of sponsor and CRO requirements, understand the profound psychological impacts of the role, and discover practical tips and tricks to navigate the unique challenges of monitoring oncology studies. This course offers an in-depth exploration that ensures you are prepared to meet the demands and excel in your role.

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Learn Sponsor/CRO expectations of Oncology Monitors
Understand the stress and pressures of monitoring oncology studies
Learn time-saving techniques while monitoring

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Patricia Hollis

in the industry for 21 years

This exam will help you apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills, covering a wide range of topics from the certificate program to ensure your readiness for a position in clinical research.

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There are several reasons why you might consider becoming a clinical research associate who specializes in oncology trials:

  • Make a difference in the fight against cancer: As a CRA working on oncology trials, you will be involved in testing new treatments and therapies that can potentially save lives and improve the quality of life for cancer patients. This can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career path, as you will be contributing to the development of new cancer treatments that can have a significant impact on patient outcomes.
  • High demand for oncology clinical research: Oncology is a field with a high demand for clinical research due to the prevalence of cancer and the need for effective treatments. This means that there are many job opportunities available for CRAs who specialize in oncology trials.
  • Competitive salary: Because of the high demand for oncology clinical research, the salaries for CRAs who specialize in oncology trials are often competitive. This can provide you with a stable and lucrative career path. The salary can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as geographic location, years of experience, educational background, and the specific employer or industry.

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for clinical research coordinators and monitors (which includes CRAs) was $71,490 as of May 2020. However, salaries can range from around $44,600 to over $126,000 per year. Glassdoor, a website that provides salary information based on user-submitted data, reports an average base salary of $76,697 per year for clinical research associates with a focus on oncology trials in the United States. However, this figure may not be representative of all regions, employers, or levels of experience.

  • Continual learning opportunities: As a CRA working in oncology trials, you will have the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in cancer treatment and research. This can be an exciting and intellectually stimulating career path that allows you to continually develop your knowledge and skills.

  • Career advancement opportunities: As you gain experience as a CRA in oncology trials, you may have the opportunity to take on more senior roles, such as project management or leadership positions. This can provide you with further career advancement opportunities and the potential for increased responsibilities and compensation.
 
 

Overall, becoming a CRA who specializes in oncology trials can be a rewarding and fulfilling career path that provides you with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer, while also offering competitive salary, continual learning opportunities, and career advancement potential.

The typical responsibilities of a CRA focusing on oncology trials can vary depending on the stage of the trial and the specific employer, but generally include the following:

  • Oversee the clinical trial: The CRA ensures that the clinical trial is conducted according to the study protocol, standard operating procedures, and relevant regulations and guidelines. This includes monitoring the progress of the trial and ensuring that it is on track to meet its objectives.
  • Site management: The CRA is responsible for managing the clinical trial site, which can involve identifying potential study sites, conducting site feasibility assessments, and providing guidance and training to site personnel.
  • Subject recruitment: CRAs may be involved in supporting recruitment of eligible study participants.
  • Data collection and analysis: The CRA is responsible for collecting and verifying data from study sites, and ensuring that data is accurate, complete, and entered into the study database in a timely manner. They may also be responsible for conducting data analysis and generating study reports.
  • Regulatory compliance: The CRA is responsible for ensuring that the clinical trial is conducted in compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines, and for maintaining documentation related to the study.
  • Collaboration: The CRA collaborates with study sponsors, study investigators, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the study is conducted efficiently and effectively.
  • Safety monitoring: The CRA is responsible for monitoring the safety of study participants, including adverse events and serious adverse events, and reporting them as required.
  • Quality control: The CRA is responsible for ensuring that the study is conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, and for conducting quality control activities such as site audits and source data verification.

 

Overall, the responsibilities of a CRA focusing on oncology trials are multifaceted and require strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills, as well as an in-depth understanding of clinical research principles and regulations.

 

Upon enrollment you will receive your first certification “Confirmation of Enrollment”. After successful completion of the course and your exam, you get your personal “Course Certificate” including:

  • course title
  • contact hours
  • continuing education units (CEU)
  • your overall course score
  • date of completion
  • personal certificate verification code
 

We also show you how to best share your certificate on LinkedIn and other social media platforms.

There are several reasons why you might consider getting a CRA certification:

Demonstrated knowledge and commitment: Obtaining a CRA certification demonstrates to employers and colleagues that you have a strong understanding of clinical research processes, regulations, and best practices. It shows your commitment to your career in clinical research and can set you apart from other candidates when applying for jobs.

Increased job opportunities: Many employers prefer or require candidates with CRA certifications for their open positions. Having a certification can make you a more competitive candidate and increase your job opportunities.

Career advancement: A CRA certification can help you advance in your career by opening up opportunities for promotion, leadership roles, and increased pay.

Continuing education: Many employers require ongoing education and professional development, which can help you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.

Overall, obtaining a CRA certification can help you stand out in a competitive job market, demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to your career, and open up opportunities for career advancement and professional development.

No, you can proceed with the course in your own pace. But please keep in mind, that you might have to purchase a course extension in order to continue learning (check the pricing table above).

To become a CRA, you will typically need a bachelor’s degree in a life science or healthcare-related field, such as biology, chemistry, nursing, or pharmacy. However, some employers may accept degrees in other fields if you have relevant work experience.

In addition to a degree, it is beneficial to have experience working in the healthcare or research industry. This can include positions such as a research assistant, laboratory technician, or nurse. Other skills for a CRA include attention to detail, strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and problem-solving abilities. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other relevant software is also important.

If you are not sure if this is the right training for you, we are happy to help you make the right decision. Email us at academy@viares.com and we will contact you.

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