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.


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.

What are typical responsibilities of an Oncology CRA?

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.


To become an Oncology CRA, there are several educational and professional backgrounds that can be beneficial. Here are some examples:

  • Education: A degree in a relevant scientific field such as biology, chemistry, pharmacy, or nursing can provide a strong foundation for a career as a CRA. Additionally, a graduate degree in a related field such as clinical research or public health may be advantageous.
  • Experience: Relevant experience in a clinical research setting, particularly in oncology, can be highly valuable. This might include experience as a research coordinator, data manager, or other role in a clinical research setting. Some employers may also require experience in clinical oncology as a nurse or pharmacist.
  • Knowledge of Regulations: Knowledge of regulations governing clinical research is critical for CRAs, and understanding of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) can be beneficial.
  • Soft Skills: Strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills are essential for CRAs. Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks, and proficiency in data analysis and management are also critical.


Overall, a background in a relevant scientific field, coupled with experience in clinical research, knowledge of relevant regulations, and strong soft skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career as a CRA focusing on oncology trials.

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Obtaining a certificate as a CRA focusing on oncology trials can be beneficial for several reasons:

  • Career Advancement: A certificate can enhance your credentials and qualifications, making you a more competitive candidate for job openings in the field of clinical research. Employers often prefer candidates with specialized training, and a certificate can help demonstrate your expertise in oncology trials.
  • Professional Development: The certification program for CRAs covers a broad range of topics related to clinical research, such as ethical and regulatory considerations, trial design and conduct, data management, and safety monitoring. Obtaining a certificate can provide a comprehensive understanding of clinical research, which can be beneficial for career advancement and professional development. Employers may prefer candidates with a certification to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and adhere to industry best practices.
  • Increased salary potential: Having an Oncology CRA certification can potentially lead to higher earning potential as it demonstrates your level of expertise and professionalism.

Overall, obtaining a certificate as a CRA focusing on oncology trials can be beneficial for career advancement, professional development, networking, and standardization. It can help demonstrate your expertise in clinical research and improve your job prospects in this growing field.


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Successfully complete the 13 competency modules below to obtain your VIARES Oncology CRA Certificate.
  • Understand the characteristics of cell formation, the major causes of cancer and global impact of the disease
  • Examine the impact of Oncology studies and current treatment
  • Be able to discuss available treatments and objectives of treating cancer
  • Examine various cancer treatments and their adverse reactions
  • Explore alternative treatment options
  • Identify common cancer drug and cancer combinations
  • Thoroughly understand the relationship between risk and benefits of tumor therapies
  • Recognize chemotherapy drug types and different principles
  • Differentiate between cancer and uncontrolled tumor growths
  • Recognize the six major categories of cancer classifications
  • Understand components of medical terminology related to cancer
  • Be able to discuss Oncology trial schematics and understand the design features.
  • Be able to describe the four phases of Oncology studies.
  • Understand Endpoint requirements in Oncology
  • Recognize common clinical assessments related to oncology trials
  • Gain proficiency in reviewing clinical reports
  • Identify disease history and common Inclusion/Exclusion criterion
  • Define each line of therapy and understand the timing of each line
  • Understand dosing design in oncology studies
  • Recognize most common Adverse Events and be able to discuss clinical events related to oncology studies
  • Recognize common toxicities and understand the DLT process
  • Be able to discuss recruitment challenges in Oncology studies
  • Describe the screening and enrollment process
  • Understand the role of the medical monitor and various key members during screening process
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Clinical Reports and Source
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Distinguish between RECIST 1.0 and RECIST 1.1
  • Utilize appropriate oncology disease progression algorithms
  • Understand disease progression
  • 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
  • Learn Sponsor/CRO expectations of Oncology Monitors
  • Understand the stress and pressures of monitoring oncology studies
  • Learn time saving techniques while monitoring

The VIARES Certification is an online exam covering 100 questions from the VIARES training course. You need to complete the exam within 90 minutes and achieve at least 80% of all points to be graded positive. You have two attempts, of which the attempt with the higher score is applied for your certification.


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CRA/Oncology Courses

I recommend these courses.
There are a few typos/grammatical errors in the Assessment sections but the message is still delivered. The Data Management section of the CRA course is somewhat too abstract and can do with more examples to make it more retainable.

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Classes are really good, however after the courses I submitted my resume and nobody from the team reached out me to help me in the job search process

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A truly informative, well paced and refreshing course that will help you build up your skills and confidence working as Monitor/CRA in Oncology

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in the industry for 21 years

Patricia has been in the clinical research industry for 21 years. She began her career as a clinical research coordinator at the Medical College of Virginia where she coordinated pharmaceutical and PI initiated trials. She has been a Clinical Research Associate for 16 years and has had the opportunity to serve as a Lead CRA, Clinical Trial Manager, Auditor, Mentor, and Clinical Research Instructor. She has worked in all phases of research and is experienced in numerous therapeutic areas, including Oncology, Endocrinology, CNS, Immunology, Cardiology, Nephrology and Device. Currently, she is a contract CRA through her company, The Hollis Group, LLC, which she owns with her husband and serves as a consultant at local research sites. Patricia completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, MBA at Texas Woman’s University and has had specialized oncology training from the Oncology of Nursing Society.

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