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Clinical and Research Experience (CARE) Program

The Clinical and Research Experience Program consists of two tracks:

  • Clinical or Research (Non-Lab): This program provides an organized system of clinical or research (non-lab) education and experience for individuals interested in pursuing careers in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities (either for academic credit or to gain experience). Individuals in this program must be covered by Professional Liability Insurance (either through their college/university or an individual policy); as they may have contact with patients or human research subjects. A good site for obtaining individual Professional Liability Insurance is HPSO Professional Liability Insurance: All Students.
  • Research (Laboratory): This program provides an organized system of research education and experience for individuals interested in participating in research projects in an Institute laboratory (either for academic credit or to gain experience). Individuals in this program are not allowed to have any form of contact with patients or human research subjects.

Individuals from the categories listed below may apply for the CARE Program:

  • Category A -- (Matriculating): Undergraduate and graduate students, currently enrolled in an academic program, and who may or may not obtain academic credit for the experience.
  • Category B -- (Non-Matriculating): Post-baccalaureate and post-master's students, who are not currently enrolled in an academic program.
  • Category C: High school students and recent graduates.

Current CARE Projects:

Registration Process:

Training Affiliation Agreement (TAA) or Letter of Agreement (LOA):

  • Category A -- (Matriculating): Colleges/universities interested in having students participate in the CARE Program must have on file a Training Affiliation Agreement (TAA) or Letter of Agreement (LOA) between the Institute and the college/university. If one does not currently exist, the Institute will work with a college/university to develop a TAA. PLEASE NOTE: If a student is between semesters (not currently enrolled in classes), see Category B.
  • Category B -- (Non-Matriculating): The Institute's Department Director/Training Supervisor will develop a Letter of Agreement (LOA) between the Institute supervisor and the individual which outlines the requirements and responsibilities of both the supervisor and the individuals.
  • Category C: The Institute's Department Director/Training Supervisor will write a letter outlining the program requirements and student responsibilities. For research (laboratory) positions, the letter must outline the potential hazards the student may come in contact with or to which he or she will be exposed. All letters must be signed by a parent or legal guardian before the student can begin. PLEASE NOTE: Students under age 18 must always work under direct supervision, may not work with isotopes, non-human primates, select agents, human blood, body fluids or tissues, or in a BSL3 or BSL4 facility.

Application Materials:

Once an applicant has completed an interview and been accepted into the CARE Program, the sponsoring Department should contact Training Administration to complete the registration process.