FAQs

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FAQs

Why are there so many clinical research positions open in the United States? (over 80,000 on Indeed as of April 2019)

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 their experimental treatments.

Is the Clinical Research Fastrack course certified?

The Clinical Research Fastrack course is licensed and approved by multiple state agencies, including the Arizona Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Clinical Research Fastrack also offers continuing education activities approved by the Continuing Nursing Education Group, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Arizona Department of Veteran’s affairs State Approving Agency (SAA) has approved Clinical Research Fastrack to receive VA benefits for education from the GI Bill and Ch 33 Post 911 funding.

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.

What is a CRA and how do I become one?

CRA stands for Clinical Research Associate. CRAs monitor the trials conducted by Principal Investigators and their Clinical Research Coordinators and team at research sites. Many people want to be CRAs, but ultimately, the best way to land a job as a CRA is to first have experience in running clinical trials. Clinical Research Fastrack provides the high-quality training and experience that entry-level Clinical Research Coordinators need to jump into their roles and be successful. With this amazing training, our graduates have had success in being promoted to CRAs relatively quickly.  

Do you assist with job placement?

Yes! We absolutely do provide career assistance! We are there for our students every step of the way. Students get invaluable career advice, and connections into the clinical research industry.  After class is over, our Directors consistently work with students to help them identify positions that would be a good fit for their individual skill sets. In addition to interview prepping, resumé coaching, and network building, our mission is to train talented, motivated individuals, so they can get jobs and contribute to clinical trials.

Where are the trainings and internships located for the program?

All over the United States. We arrange internships around the country, depending on where you live. With the exception of the 8 days in class, our online training can be completed from the convenience of your living room. This design allows our students both flexibility and the ability to get all the information they need to enter the clinical research industry.

What do Clinical Research Coordinators do?

Clinical Research Coordinators conduct clinical trials with patients at clinical 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 plan. Clinical Research Coordinators also help ensure the trial is conducted in an ethical manner. Coordinators work closely with doctors, patients and other clinical staff and play an important role in the development of new drugs, devices and other treatments that are used to cure diseases and help improve our lives.

The average day of a clinical researcher varies with each research site but can be generalized by the role of a Clinical Research Coordinator who conducts in-person visits with the human subjects involved in trials, documents the progress and side effects of the new treatments, and oversees the delivery of the protocol (or treatment plan) with patients enrolled in the study.

How much do Clinical Research Coordinators make?

According to salary.com, Clinical Research Coordinators typically make between $52,000 and $71,000 per year. The range is dependent on many factors, including: education, certifications, additional skills, and work experience.

I heard some colleges have courses that can take 9 months or more. How can I get trained better 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 two intensive weeks of classroom training and online training. After completing the classroom education, each student starts a two week internship. This real-world experience gives Clinical Research Fastrack students an upper hand when they later apply for jobs. To learn more about our course, please call 602-883-7944 to speak to an admissions representative.

How long is the training?

The entire training takes about 4-5 weeks, depending on the student. There is an online pre-study that students are required to complete prior to coming to the 8 days of in-person training. After the training, we arrange a two week externship for each student, and the student must also complete the online post-study. Students ultimately graduate with 180 hours of training to enter the clinical research industry.

How do I apply?

Applying is very easy! In order to apply, you will need to submit a picture of your diploma, or college transcripts that prove that you earned a minimum of 60 college credits. You will also need to submit a picture of your driver’s license, and conduct an interview through Zoom, which works similar to Skype. Those who are motivated can complete the application process within a couple of days. To apply for the program, please contact 602-883-7944 to speak to an admissions representative. Applications are only provided upon request to qualified individuals. 

Why would I choose Clinical Research Fastrack over an online course?

The reason why so many seemingly qualified people fail to break into the clinical research industry is because 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 through our in-person classes and externships. We also have a staff of dedicated people to help you throughout your journey into clinical research. Therefore, we are able to provide you with all of the support you need to be successful.

Do I need a healthcare background to enter the clinical research industry?

No, but it does help. However, we have had successful students enter amazing 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 asset is a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and passion for helping others.

What is clinical research?

Clinical research involves the testing of new medications, devices and treatments on human subjects to determine the safety and efficacy of these interventions. 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! We offer several institutional financing options for students who qualify, or have a co-signer who qualifies. For more information about financing, please call 602-883-7944 to speak with an admissions representative.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Please contact our admissions department and we are happy to send you more information.

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 an admissions representative.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

You must be 21 years of age, and have a minimum of 60 hours of completed college coursework or be an LVN/LPN or Medical Assistant. Candidates with four year degrees and a passion to enter the clinical research industry are ideal. If you have further questions about qualifications, please call 602-883-7944 to speak to an admissions representative.


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