What is a Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Coordinators conduct clinical trials with patients at clinical research sites such as doctors offices, hospitals and universities. Clinical research coordinators are responsible for ensuring the trials are conducted using good clinical practice and that the protocols of the study are followed according to plan. The 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.
I heard some colleges have courses that can take 9 months or more. How can I get trained just as well in 4 weeks?
Your training will actually be far superior to the universities. At Clinical Research Fastrack we do one thing: train clinical research coordinators. We condense what colleges deliver in 9 months into two intensive weeks of classroom training. After completing the the classroom education, you will receive a 2-week internship at a real world clinical trial site followed by job assistance. (Colleges do not provide the same type of internship nor job assistance.)
How much do Clinical Research Coordinators make?
Clinical Research Coordinators have amazing career opportunities. The average salary of a coordinator with two years of experience is $57,000 per year according to Salary.com. Entry level Clinical Research Assistants start in the range of $36,000 – $44,000 per year. Over time coordinators can advance to positions as Clinical Research Associates who earn on average $75,000 per year in their first year often earn over $90,000 per year with a little experience. Research managers are earning in the six figures. The highest paid Clinical Research executives are earning $300,000 or more.
In what states do you offer internships as part of your program?
Clinical Research Fastrack provides internship opportunities at clinical trial sites across the country. We partner with some of the most reputable clinical research organizations in the country that have locations in: Alabama, California, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington. Contact us to ask about training in your area.
What qualifications do I need to apply?
Applicants to our program must be at least 21 years of age and have at least two years of college or be an LVN. This is the minimum requirement. Candidates with 4 year college degrees and a passion and desire to enter the field of clinical research are ideal.
Do you have scholarships available?
Yes! Many scholarships are available to our students. The scholarships are based on either academic achievement or economic need. Please contact one of our admissions representatives for more information.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Please contact our admissions department and we are happy to send you more information.
Do you have financing available?
Yes! We offer several institutional financing options for students who qualify or who have a co-signer such as a parent that qualifies. Please contact one of our admissions representatives for more information.
What do Clinical Research Coordinators do?
A clinical trial for a pharmaceutical, medical device or biologic must be organized, administered and monitored carefully. Clinical Research Coordinators work closely with physicians and principal investigators to recruit subjects for a trial, provide informed consent, manage paperwork, create and follow protocols and manage the overall clinical study. They play a critical role in making sure a trial is carried out according to plan.
Do I need training in nursing or healthcare to be a coordinator?
No. Every study is different and the skills needed vary from study to study. Nursing skills will not hurt, but they are not required. Clinical Research Fastrack provides our students with the critical foundation of training they need to manage studies. Over time a coordinator will learn the specific skills for each study they work on. Our program will review tasks like taking vital signs and students will learn much more upon graduation.
Why is Clinical Research Fastrack disrupting the training programs?
Clinical Research Fastrack packs into one month what other schools try to accomplish over a year or more. Other courses can take a year or two to complete and are sometimes impersonal, online courses. The other programs spread their hours over several semesters or quarters. They don’t offer internships and they don’t have the intensive network and job placement support that you will find at Clinical Research Fastrack. Our training is personalized, intense, and we will have you working closely with successfully industry professionals who are passionate about their work. Our training is industry focused. Our support is job focused. Our mission is your career.
Where do Clinical Researchers work?
Clinical trials take place in doctors offices and clinics and hospitals and sometimes at other sites in the field. As a clinical research coordinator you will be working with physicians and nurses and patients and other research professionals. The field is vibrant and the opportunities seem endless.
What is a CRA, CRC, CRO? Why all the acronyms?
After a while, repeating all these long terms like Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Associate, and Clinical Research Organization can be a mouthful. In our course we will go into each of these roles and teach you many other acronyms like FDA, GCP, IRB and many more.
How long is the application process?
Applying is very easy! In order to apply you will need to have your transcripts documenting two years of college (or a diploma), a copy of your drivers license and you will need to participate in a phone or Skype interview. For candidates who are motivated the process could be completed in a day or two.
What is a CRA?
A CRA or clinical research associate is a professional that monitors and oversees a study that may be taking place at multiple sites. The CRA helps prepare the site in initiating the study and monitors the progress of the study to ensure the quality of the study meets the standards required. CRAs often travel frequently from site to site in their role. Experienced CRAs earn high salaries, often exceeding $100,000 per year.
Do you assist with job placement?
The goal of our program is to prepare our students for meaningful careers in the field of clinical research. All our students are introduced to our network of professionals who help connect our graduates to career opportunities. In our course our students are taught how to meet and set up interviews with hiring managers at research organizations and they also meet with our recruiting firm contacts who assist them in finding opportunities.
How long is the training?
The entire program can be completed in about one month. The training is divided up into two parts. The first section is two weeks classroom education – 9 hours per day. The classroom learning is followed by a two week internship. After the internship our graduates are ready to start working.
Where are the internship locations for this program?
Clinical Research Fastrack partners with some of the largest most reputable research organizations in the country. Please contact your admissions representative to find out your exact internship location as the provider may vary based on the state. Radiant Clinical Research is our largest national partner with clinical trial sites in more than 20 states.
Can I intern in my home state if I fly in for training?
Clinical Research Fastrack is able to provide our internships in many locations around the country. Students who train for two weeks in Arizona, may have the opportunity to intern in their hometown. Please contact our admissions representatives to determine if we have an internship program in your area.