Whether you’re a healthcare professional looking to advance your skills or someone entering the healthcare field for the first time, the clinical research profession offers an excellent career path to explore. Not only is it a meaningful profession with good wages and advancement opportunities, but it also benefits the community by expanding trial access.

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Program Description

The primary objective of the Clinical Trial Academy (CTA) is to grow our region’s clinical research workforce and increase the number of investigator sites offering clinical research as a care option.


Site Support

The CTA offers support to new and existing investigator sites:

Existing Sites:
The CTA offers clinical research training, CRC Apprenticeships, CTn tools, resources, and Ambassadors to bolster regional site visibility and trial enrollment, pipeline referrals and opportunities, networking events, and more to support existing investigator sites.

Site Startup:
The CTA provides strategic planning, partner introductions, and site startup support to NEW healthcare clinics wanting to offer clinical research as a care option. Contact Us Today!

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Classroom Training

The CTA provides the following tuition-free certificate skill-based training courses for residents of The Rio Grande Corridor.

CRC Foundations Course
The CTA provides entry-level clinical research coordinator (CRC) training to The Rio Grande Corridor community residents with a high school diploma who are 18 years of age or older. CRC Foundations Course participants are provided with instructor-led sessions (virtual or in person, 1.5 hours/week, for 11 weeks), and must complete 15 ACRP eLearning modules/exams and a final clinical research knowledge exam.

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NEW Investigator Training (PI & Sub-I)

The CTA provides investigator training for experienced physicians and mid-level practitioners (NPs, PAs, PharmDs, PhDs) who want to become clinical trial investigators. Through our NEW Investigator (PI) Training program, participants are provided with group coaching (virtual meetings, 1.5 hours/month, for 8 months), and must complete nine (9) ACRP eLearning modules (accessible 24/7). Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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CHW Introduction to Clinical Trials course
The Community Health Worker (CHW) Introduction to Clinical Trials course was co-developed by the MCA and Egality Sciences. This 10-hour 2-day course teaches CHWs about trials, the importance of trials on healthcare outcomes, effective communication skills, and how to search and refer participants to trials. Participants will receive 10 CEUs upon completing this course. Please contact the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health and the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute (TEPHI) for more information.

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CHW CTn Ambassador Field Training
CHW graduates of the “Introduction to Clinical Trials” course are eligible to participate in a 4-hour in-person CHW Clinical Trial Network (CTn) Ambassador Field Training. This train-the-trainer session provides CHWs with a field presentation and the resources needed to host local events focused on educating the community about clinical trials and trial options. Additionally, field training graduates receive training CEUs and field training credit should they choose to serve as CTn Ambassadors for The Rio Grande Community.
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On-the-Job Training
CTA graduates are also eligible to apply and receive paid, on-the-job CRC training at an approved clinical research site in El Paso, Texas. Upon completion of the CTA Apprenticeship program, each apprentice should be well along the way to a rewarding career in clinical research.

CRC Apprenticeships

Sponsored by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through El Paso County, and partnered with Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), this program offers ten (10) paid CRC Apprenticeships paying $16/hour over 480 hours. Selected CTA applicants must interview and be selected by approved CRC Apprenticeship worksites and complete a background check in advance of starting this position.

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Meet your Instructors & Coaches

Catherine Posey-Sariñana, CCRC

Independent Consultant

Laura Herrera, DNP, CPI

Western Sky Medical Research

Sergio Guerrero, MD,

Study Manager / ICON

Yvonne (Anna) Rodriguez

CEO, Owner / Egality Sciences, Inc.

Allen Savedra, CRA II

CEO, Owner / AJS Services in Clinical Research LLC

Wenoah Veikley, RN, BsN

CEO, Owner / AXCES Research & Health

Daniel Deleon, CRC


Brenda Castillo

Director / TTUHSC-EP

Ryan Casey, MD, FP, PI

Independent Consultant

Jesse Young, Ph.D., PI

Medical Director TriCore Reference Laboratories & Research Institute

Find Your Trial Partner:

3A Research
Elligo Health Research
WCG Threewire
Curavit Clinical Research
El Paso Medical Research Institute
HD Research
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