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Barnett International's Core Curriculum courses are comprehensive role-based training programs designed to provide participants with hands-on training in a dynamic setting. Held four times a year during Barnett’s “Clinical Research Training Weeks,” courses offer focused, performance-based training and employee development.

Introduction to Clinical Research

Upcoming Courses

Course #: SC2D0622
June 9-10, 2022 | VIRTUAL

This course offering will take place live via WebEx from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Eastern each day.  Participants will receive an email confirmation that includes the seminar link to enter the meeting room as well as the audio connection information.


Course Description

This two-day course will cover topics designed to explain exactly what a clinical trial is and how clinical research is conducted. Since many clinical trials are often conducted in the European Union (EU), we will also include some key EU requirements. We will start by looking at the history of clinical trials to give you a better understanding of how and why current regulations were created to protect and inform clinical trial participants as well as ensure the public that the information obtained from those trials is accurate and reliable. Then we will look at the process of drug and device development from discovery to approval. We will introduce you to the protocol which is the blueprint for any clinical trial and explain what an informed consent is and why it is so important. In addition to these key trial documents, we will also review other important documents that are used in clinical trials. Finally, we will provide you with resources that will enable you to stay informed about topics and regulations regarding clinical trials in the U.S. and in the European Union.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the members of the clinical research team and describe their primary roles and responsibilities
  • Describe the difference between drug development and medical device development
  • Discuss the historical events and importance of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in clinical research conducted throughout the world
  • Identify key FDA and EU regulations that pertain to clinical research
  • Describe what a clinical protocol, informed consent, investigator’s brochure, and essential documents are and their importance in clinical trials
  • Identify how safety information is collected and reviewed during clinical trials
  • Identify key resources and databases for information on clinical trials

Who Should Attend

  • Clinical Research Associates and Clinical Research Coordinators with less than six months experience
  • Nurses
  • Individuals interested in the fundamentals of clinical research and clinical trials
  • Aspiring Clinical Research Associates and Clinical Research Coordinators
  • College Students and New Graduates considering a career in clinical research
  • Individuals considering participating in a clinical trial or know of someone who is considering participating in a clinical trial


The course will be led by one of the following instructors:

Nikki Christison, B.S., C.C.R.A., T.I.A.C.R.

Marla Hoelle, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.A., ACRP-PM., P.M.P.

Janet Ellen Holwell, C.C.R.C., C.C.R.A., T.I.A.C.R., F.A.C.R.P.

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Course Outline

Day One

  • The Evolution of Research Ethics
  • Good Clinical Practice  
  • Investigational Product Development  
  • Clinical Research Team  

Day Two

  • Elements of a Good Clinical Study
  • Informed Consent and Confidentiality  
  • Clinical Trials and Safety Information  
  • Audits and Inspections  

Interactive Activities

  • Discussion: Ethics in Clinical Research
  • Protocol and Informed Consent Review
  • Recruitment Advertisement Review
  • Identifying and Delineating Clinical Research Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Adverse Event Identification Exercise

Registration Fees

Registration fees include assorted breakfast items that will be available each day ½ hour prior to the start of the seminar. Also included is a Networking Lunch that will be served each training day.

Special rates are available for multiple attendees from the same organization.  Contact Melissa Dolen at 781-972-5418 to discuss your options and take advantage of the savings.     

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Accreditation Information

Barnett International is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  Participants will receive 15 hours (1.5 CEUs) of continuing education credit for full participation, including the completion of a pre-test, post-test, and program evaluation.  Barnett International will issue a receipt of completion for earned CEUs within three weeks of program completion.  ACPE#: 0778-0000-21-003-L04-P. Released: 3/21.


Hold this course at your company! For more information, contact Naila Ganatra at +1 215.413.2471.