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25th November 2015, 12:34 PM
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Re: SAS Clinical Programmer

SAS Institute is an American developer of analytics software based in Cary, North Carolina. The company is the world's largest privately held software business and its software is used by most of the Fortune 500.

SAS Certified Clinical Trials Programmer Using SAS 9

Successful candidates should have experience in

reporting clinical trials results
validating clinical trial data reporting.
clinical trials process
accessing, managing, and transforming clinical trials data
statistical procedures and macro programming

There are two methods available to earn this credential:

Pass the Clinical Trials Programming Using SAS 9 exam


If you currently hold the SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential:

pass the Clinical Trials Programming Using SAS 9 – Accelerated Version exam

Required Exam

Candidates who earn this credential will have earned a passing score on the Clinical Trials Programming Using SAS 9 exam.

This exam is administered by SAS and Pearson VUE.

95-100 multiple-choice and short-answer questions (must achieve score of 70% correct to pass)

3 hours to complete exam

Use exam ID A00-280; required when registering with Pearson VUE.

Exam topics include:

Clinical Trials Process

Describe the clinical research process (phases, key roles, key organizations).
Interpret a Statistical Analysis Plan.
Derive programming requirements from an SAP and an annotated Case Report Form.
Describe regulatory requirements (principles of 21 CFR Part 11, International Conference on Harmonization, Good Clinical Practices).

Clinical Trials Data Structures

Identify the classes of clinical trials data (demographic, lab, baseline, concomitant medication, etc.).
Identify key CDISC principals and terms.
Describe the structure and purpose of the CDISC SDTM data model.
Describe the structure and purpose of the CDISC ADaM data model.
Describe the contents and purpose of define.xml.

Import and Export Clinical Trials Data

Combine SAS data sets.
Efficiently import and subset SAS data sets.
Access data in an Excel workbook (LIBNAME and PROC IMPORT/EXPORT).
Create temporary and permanent SAS data sets.
Apply regulatory requirements to exported SAS data sets (SAS V5 requirements).

Manage Clinical Trials Data

Investigate SAS data libraries using base SAS utility procedures (PRINT, CONTENTS, FREQ).
Access DICTIONARY Tables using the SQL procedure.
Sort observations in a SAS data set.
Create and modify variable attributes using options and statements in the DATA step.
Examine and explore clinical trials input data (find outliers, missing vs. zero values, etc).

Transform Clinical Trials Data

Process data using DO LOOPS.
Process data using SAS arrays.
Retain variables across observations.
Use assignment statements in the DATA step.
Apply categorization and windowing techniques to clinical trials data.
Use SAS functions to convert character data to numeric and vice versa.
Use SAS functions to manipulate character data, numeric data, and SAS date values.
Transpose SAS data sets.
Apply 'observation carry forward' techniques to clinical trials data (LOCF, BOCF, WOCF).
Calculate 'change from baseline' results.
Obtain counts of events in clinical trials.

Apply Statistical Procedures for Clinical Trials

Use SAS procedures to obtain descriptive statistics for clinical trials data (FREQ, UNIVARIATE, MEANS, SUMMARY).
Use PROC FREQ to obtain p-values for categorical data (2x2 and NxP test for association).
Use PROC TTEST to obtain p-values for continuous data (one-sample, paired and two-sample t-tests).
Create output data sets from statistical procedures.

Macro Programming for Clinical Trials

Create and use user-defined and automatic macro variables.
Automate programs by defining and calling macros.
Use system options to debug macros and display values of macro variables in the SAS log (MPRINT, SYMBOLGEN, MLOGIC, MACROGEN).

Report Clinical Trials Results

Use PROC REPORT to produce tables and listings for clinical trials reports.
Use ODS and global statements to produce and augment clinical trials reports.

Validate Clinical Trial Data Reporting

Explain the principles of programming validation in the clinical trial industry.
Utilize the log file to validate clinical trial data reporting.
Use programming techniques to validate clinical trial data reporting (PROC COMPARE, MSGLEVEL).
Identify and Resolve data, syntax and logic errors.

Contact address

SAS Institute Inc.
100 SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513-2414, USA
Phone: 1-919-677-8000
Fax: 1-919-677-4444

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