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Is the Clinical Research Fastrack course certified?
Unlike many other professions in healthcare, there is no certification required to begin working in Clinical Research. You may sit for a certification exam after two years of active experience in this field, but to get started and begin building your experience you only need training in the core competencies of clinical trial facilitation. The Clinical Research Fastrack Bootcamp Training course offers a certificate of completion of 148 hours of highly-specialized training, along with industry-focused career coaching and access to our network of Clinical Research connections and institutions.
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Clinical Research Fastrack is also approved by The Arizona State Approving Agency to accept VA Education Benefits.
Licensed by The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.
What is a CRA and how do I become one?
A Clinical Research Associate (CRA), sometimes called a monitor, is responsible for overseeing clinical trials conducted at various research sites. A CRA serves as a liaison between the study’s sponsor and the research teams working onsite where the study takes place. CRAs play a critical role in the success and integrity of a trial and must be highly-trained in good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines. Many professionals want to become CRAs and the best way to achieve this is to gain the training, qualifications, and experience required to oversee clinical trials at multiple sites. Clinical Research Fastrack provides the high-quality training and experience that entry-level Clinical Research professionals need to jump into their roles and be successful. With this comprehensive training, our graduates are moving into a wide variety of Clinical Research positions, including CRA roles.
Do you assist with job placement?
Yes! Every student is paired with a career mentor who helps with resume edits, interview prep, networking skills, and professionalism coaching. Guest speakers and instructors also provide invaluable training and industry advice for students, specifically regarding job opportunities in Clinical Research. After class is over, our directors consistently work with students to help them identify positions that would be a good fit for their individual skills and professional goals. We are there for our students every step of the way! In addition to interview prepping, resumé coaching, and network building, our mission is to train talented, motivated individuals, so they can get begin rewarding careers and contribute to clinical trials.
Where is the training located?
All Clinical Research Fastrack courses are currently being held online due to COVID-19. However, Clinical Research Fastrack instructors, site partners, and career coaches are located all over the United States. Our course is designed to connect every student with valuable industry connections in their area. As a result, our students are being hired in the Clinical Research field at top research sites across the country.
Our headquarters is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
What do Clinical Research Coordinators do?
A Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a specialized research professional working with and under the direction of a clinical Principal Investigator (PI). There is no such thing as an average day in the life of a CRC, but in general, the role of a Clinical Research Coordinator is to conduct in-person visits with the human subjects participating in clinical trials, to document the progress and side effects of new treatments, and to oversee the delivery of the protocol (or treatment plan) with patients enrolled in the study. Clinical Research Coordinators conduct clinical trials at a variety of research sites such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, and universities. They are responsible for ensuring that trials are conducted using good clinical practice measures and that the protocols of the study are followed according to exacting specifications. Clinical Research Coordinators also help ensure that trials are conducted in an ethical manner. A CRC collaborates with a PI, department, sponsor, and/or institution, to support, facilitate, and coordinate the day-to-day activities of a clinical trial, working with patients, and ultimately playing a critical role in the overall success of the study.
How much do Clinical Research Coordinators make?
According to glassdoor.com, the average salary for a Clinical Research Coordinator in the U.S. is between $50,000 – $75,000 per year. The range is dependent on many factors, including: location, education, certifications, additional skills, and work experience.
I heard some colleges have courses that can take 9 months or more. How can I get better training in just 4 weeks?
Unlike universities, at Clinical Research Fastrack we do one thing: train clinical researchers. We condense what colleges deliver in 9-12 months into several weeks of intensive classroom training* and online training. One key element of the Fastrack program is that all our instructors are active professionals in the field of clinical research. As a result, the Clinical Research Fastrack course offers students a much more realistic and comprehensive skill set. We also pair every student with a career mentor, who provides coaching, interview training, and assistance with industry networking, to help our graduates connect with research sites and get hired in rewarding careers more quickly. To learn more about our courses, please call 602-883-7944 and speak with an admissions representative.
*The 8-day classroom training is currently being held via Zoom due to COVID-19 regulations.
How long is the training?
The standard Clinical Research Fastrack training program can be completed in as little as 3-6 weeks. The course includes both an online pre-study that students are required to complete prior to attending the 8 days of in-person* training, and a post-study segment following training. The pace of pre-study and post-study varies on an individual basis. Students ultimately graduate with 80 hours of classroom instruction supplemented by 68 hours of asynchronous home study to reinforce the concepts learned in class. At the end of the course, a student will be prepared to begin a career in the clinical research field.
*The 8-day classroom training is currently being held online due to COVID-19 regulations.
How do I apply?
Clinical Research Fastrack has a simple application process that can be completed within a few days. Applicants are required to submit a photo of their diploma or college transcripts, along with a copy of their photo ID. Qualified applicants will go through an interview process via Zoom, our preferred video conferencing app, in order to be accepted into the program. To get started on the application process, please contact 602-883-7944 and speak with a member of our admissions team. Applications are only provided upon request to qualified individuals.
Why would I choose Clinical Research Fastrack over another course?
Many seemingly qualified people fail to break into the clinical research industry for one reason: they don’t have practical, real-world skills in clinical research. Clinical Research Fastrack is different from other online courses because we provide the real-world training you need in order to get started in this field. Our instructors are all active professionals from research institutions across the country, who can offer practical, hands-on experience and knowledge. We also pair every student with a career mentor, who provides coaching, interview training, and assistance with industry networking to help optimize a graduate’s job search experience. And unlike traditional university programs, Clinical Research Fastrack programs can be completed quickly. Our courses are designed to help students get started in rewarding careers where they can continue learning on the job, without wasting months or years on expensive education that offers no practical skills. Our graduates are getting hired in record numbers and top clinical research sites from across the U.S. are reaching out to us, requesting more candidates to fill their open positions.
Do I need a healthcare background to enter the clinical research industry?
No, but it does help. However, we have had many students enter successful careers in clinical research coming from a variety of backgrounds, including the social sciences and fine arts. The clinical research industry is composed of a diverse array of people, and the most important assets are a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and passion for helping others.
What is clinical research?
Clinical research is the process of investigating the safety and efficacy of new drugs, devices, and treatments in human subjects. This area of healthcare offers high earning potential, a wide variety of different roles, and many career advancement opportunities. To work in Clinical Research, you need specialized training in FDA regulations, ICH GCP, and other foundational competencies of clinical trial facilitation. Clinical research studies are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and take place in doctors’ offices, hospitals and other patient care institutions.
Do you have financing available?
Yes! Clinical Research Fastrack works with two third-party lenders that provide 100% financing to help cover the cost of the course. Using one of these two lenders is the best option for students who are not able to find loans on their own or come up with a down payment towards our program. For more information about financing, please call 602-883-7944 to speak with an admissions representative.
Do you have scholarships available, and how do I apply for them?
Scholarships are available for our students based on both academic merit and economic need. To apply for a scholarship, please contact 602-883-7944 to speak to a member of our admissions team.
What qualifications do I need to apply?
You must be at least 21 years old in order to apply. Candidates with 4-year degrees and passion for the clinical research industry are ideal. Some college coursework is required, unless the applicant has experience as an LVN/LPN or has worked as a Medical Assistant. If you have further questions about qualifications, please call 602-883-7944 to speak to a member of our admissions team.
Does Clinical Research Fastrack accept VA benefits?
Yes! Clinical Research Fastrack is approved by the Arizona State Approving Agency to accept VA Education benefits. We always require veterans to submit their COEs. If you’re a veteran and want to learn more, please call 602-883-7944.
Why are there so many clinical research positions open in the United States?
The clinical research industry is booming in the United States, and around the world. More trials are being registered than ever before. In addition to new federal legislation such as the 21st Century Cures Act that opened new funding for more trials on rare diseases, pharmaceutical companies and investors are eager to continue their drug and medical device development, and flood billions of dollars into the clinical research industry to test new therapies and treatments.