Clinical Trials Nursing 101

Clinical Trials Nursing 101

Contact hours
On Demand

Clinical trials are an important part of advancing patient care, and nurses who coordinate clinical trials require a specialized skill set. This interactive course will provide you with the information required to be successful as a clinical trials nurse and help you begin to apply your new knowledge to manage clinical trials and care for patients on them.

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for six months.

Clinical Trials Nursing 101 Course Topics

  • Introduction to Clinical Research
  • Good Clinical Research Practices
  • Elements of a Protocol
  • Protocol Review & Approval Processes
  • Informed Consent Process
  • Subject Recruitment & Retention
  • Study Design and Treatment Plan
  • Study Assessment and Procedures
  • Documentation and Data Management
  • Billing, Budgets, and Coverage Analysis
  • Adverse Events
  • Monitoring and Auditing

Expected Outcome

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will be able to identify key information and processes required to implement and manage safe, effective and ethical clinical trials by achieving at least 80% on the post-test.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses with less than two years of experience in a CTN role. This course may also be a helpful review to CTNs with more experience and may provide insight into the role for those considering a position in clinical trials nursing.

You may also be interested in the ONS book Manual for Clinical Trials Nursing and the online course Clinical Trials Awareness for Direct Care Nurse.

ILNA Breakdown

14.9 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 11.9 points: Professional
  • 3 points: Scientific Basis or Professional

14.9 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 11.9 points: Professional
  • 3 points: Scientific Basis for Practice or Professional

14.9 ILNA points may be applied toward:

14.9 points: Professional

    AOCNP® and AOCNS®
    14.9 ILNA points may be applied toward:

    • 11.9 points: Professional
    • 3 points: Treatment Modalities or Professional
    Learning Objectives
    • Describe the components of a clinical research study.
    • Analyze the key components of the research nurse role.
    • Describe the key ethical considerations, regulations, guidances, and policies that govern clinical trial activities.
    • Provide general clinical research as well as trial-specific information to patients and their caregivers .
    • Maintain the integrity of clinical research through advocacy for research subjects and protocols.
    • Evaluate a research protocol for key information required for implementation.
    • Outline steps the CTN can take to support the financial integrity of a clinical trial.
    • Identify resources that can be useful when implementing research protocols.

    The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

    ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

    Individual Pricing Options


    Group purchases are available

     Registering for 10 or more people? Group discounts are available for this course.

    To find out more, contact ONS customer service at or 866-257-4667, option 2. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.

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