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Core Clinical Research Training (CCRT)

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The purpose of the Core Clinical Research Training is to prepare research team members to coordinate cost effective healthcare research while at the same time, promote the rights and safety of human subjects, achieve recruitment and retention outcomes and contribute to the science of health care in compliance with the Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and federal regulations.

About the Training

The CCRT has been tailored to meet the needs of a statewide audience through an online version of the course. The training consists of 20 hours of recorded lecture, seminar and workshop instruction over a six week period with 24/7 web-based access to the course.  At the end of the online version of the course you will be awarded a certificate of completion with a passing rate on all quizzes.

The CCRT is also offered in a live format in the spring and fall over a six day period from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM on the MUSC campus. A competency examination is required at the conclusion of the live training and you will be awarded a certificate of completion with a passing rate of 75%. Instruction is provided by qualified educators, researchers, institutional review board representatives, human research professionals, compliance auditors, investigational pharmacists and experienced research coordinators.

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The training prepares the participant to successfully manage many phases of health care research from study initiation to close out. The CCRT course has also been found to be useful in the preparation for coordinator certification exams. For both the online and live versions of the course you have the option of obtaining 13.5 CME or 1.35 CEU credits.

Target Audience

This training is open to all Clinical & Tranlational Research Investigators, Research Coordinators, Research Study Associates, Grants Managers / Administrators and other study team personnel.

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The Online CCRT is availble year round.  The online course is accessible for 8 weeks from the day your enrollment is complete.

The next live session will be offered in September 2014.

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Participants must register online.  There is a $75 fee for MUSC staff and students (please do not make payment with an MUSC PCard, if your department is covering the cost complete an IIT). There is a $175 fee for all non-MUSC participants.  Payment can be made by credit card, IIT or personal check.  Course access will not be granted until online registration & payment has been received. If you have any questions email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the SUCCESS Center at 843-792-8300

Pre-requisites: All MUSC attendees must first complete the appropriate online University of Miami CITI training at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/citi.  Many of our other attendees will have access to this training as well & proof of completion is required.  If you do not have access, please indicate this during your registration.

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Upon completion of the training, participants will have the information to be able to:

1. Manage the day-to-day activities required of a study team member of human research protocols in order to ensure compliance with federal regulations, IRB policies and Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.
2. Recruit, enroll, and retain satisfied, informed research subjects.
3. Organize efficient documentation systems and ensure reliable results on schedule and within budget.
4. Identify those agencies that regulate the conduct of human research and the resources available to answer questions.
5. Ensure appropriate and timely required communication with sponsors, CROs, principal investigators, the IRB and subjects.
6. Collaborate effectively with principal investigators, the IRB personnel and other health care professionals.
7. Prepare for and participate in internal and external study audits.
8. Identify the essential elements of an informed consent document that complies with IRB Informed Consent Guidelines and the federal regulations governing the informed consent process.


To meet course requirements, all participants must:

1. Attend and complete each training sessions.
2. Receive a satisfactory grade (75%) on the exam upon completion of the training.



Accreditation Statement

The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statements

Physicians: The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.   Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit: Most states accept CMEs that apply to a specific nursing specialty as nursing continuing education. Please check with your respective State Board of Nursing to ascertain the equivalent number of contact hours offered for 13.50  AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

All Participants: The Medical University of South Carolina will award 1.35 CEU (13.50 contact hour) for

full time attendance. (1 contact hour equals .1 CEU)