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Certified Research Specialist Program (CRS)







Maintaining Certification




CRS Program Course Requirements

Certified Research Specialist complete 28 CRS contact hours, as follows:

  • UAMS Human Subject Protection training course through CITI (4 hours)
  • Essentials of Quality Human Subject Research (6 hours)


Three Essentials constituent courses (2 hours each)

    • CLARA Submission/ IRB Review
    • Informed Consent
    • Record Keeping and Regulatory Binders
  • Advanced Research Ethics (4 hours)
  • Adverse Event Reporting (2 hours)
  • Developing a Research Protocol (2 hours)
  • Writing Standard Operating Procedures (2 hours)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (2 hours)
  • Electives (6 hours)

You may count a total of 6 contact hours from other programs (conferences, workshops, etc.) towards your CRS elective hours, with the approval of the Compliance Education Program Manager. 


If you have any questions please email Charnise Virgil, MPH

or call 501-526-6879



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