Clinical Research Coordinator

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Funciones relacionadas: Coordinador clínico, Coordinador de programas clínicos, Gestor de programas clínicos, Administrador de investigación clínica, Coordinador de investigación clínica, Gestor de investigación clínica, Coordinador de enfermería de investigación clínica, Coordinador de ensayos clínicos, Gestor de ensayos clínicos, Coordinador de investigación

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Coordinador clínico, Coordinador de programas clínicos, Gestor de programas clínicos, Administrador de investigación clínica, Coordinador de investigación clínica, Gestor de investigación clínica, Coordinador de enfermería de investigación clínica, Coordinador de ensayos clínicos, Gestor de ensayos clínicos, Coordinador de investigación

Descripción del trabajo

It takes several years and vast amounts of expensive research and development (R&D) to bring a new medical drug to market. This R&D is done at research sites where teams of experts are assigned to conduct trials and collect data to determine if a drug is effective and safe. At the heart of such operations are a principal investigator and a Clinical Research Coordinator (aka CRC).

CRCs manage several key aspects of the clinical trials process. Collaborating with other researchers and healthcare professionals, they establish trial protocols, recruit volunteers to participate, collect and manage data, prepare detailed documentation, and maintain compliance with regulatory standards.

Through meticulous planning, coordination, and execution of clinical trials, Clinical Research Coordinators help innovative medical solutions receive approval. Thus, their work directly contributes to the development of new treatments and therapies, making a significant impact on the healthcare industry and patient outcomes!

Aspectos gratificantes de la carrera
  • Playing a pivotal role in the development of new therapies and treatments
  • Advancing medical research to improve patient care and outcomes
  • Contributing to the body of scientific knowledge in healthcare
2022 Empleo
2032 Empleo proyectado
La primicia
Responsabilidades del trabajo

Horario de trabajo

  • Clinical Research Coordinators typically work full-time. Schedules may vary, with night or weekend work possible.

Tareas típicas

  • Oversee clinical trial operations from start to finish
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals and researchers to establish protocols, including administration and data collection guidelines
  • Establish realistic goals for each trial phase
  • Recruit and screen trial volunteers via interviews and medical record reviews
  • Organize suitable study spaces, equipment, and supplies
  • Schedule activities that volunteers need to complete
  • Order, label, store, and ship collection samples
  • Take volunteer vital signs and perform other procedures, as applicable  
  • Advise on dosage modifications based on unique patient attributes
  • Collect, code, and analyze study trial data
  • Manage documentation such as progress notes, side effect or adverse event reports, compliance forms, and other records
  • Record and report adverse events to oversight agencies
  • Ensure compliance with established protocols and regulatory guidelines
  • Coordinate funding requests and manage budgets
  • Provide support and updates to trial participants
  • Support quality assurance evaluations. Address any trial-related problems
  • Keep stakeholders updated on the progress
  • Work with investigators to consolidate study findings for external presentation

Responsabilidades adicionales

  • Review research journals and take professional development courses to keep up with advancements
  • Train staff on policies and protocols
  • Coordinate site visits and manage incoming questions
  • Liaise with laboratories and investigators, as needed
  • Create and distribute materials to solicit volunteers
  • Administer trial medications or issue trial medical devices for participant use
  • Share participant figures with statistical centers
Habilidades necesarias en el trabajo

Habilidades blandas

  • Adaptabilidad
  • Analítica
  • Atención al detalle
  • Colaboración
  • Pensamiento crítico
  • Curiosidad
  • Razonamiento deductivo
  • Diligencia
  • Ethical judgment
  • Independencia
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Strategic planning
  • Trabajo en equipo
  • Gestión del tiempo

Habilidades técnicas

Clinical Research Coordinators need technical skills related to the below:

  • Clinical data management systems and software (e.g., Oracle Clinical, Medidata Rave, and SAS)
  • Clinical trial management software (e.g., Oracle Clinical, Medidata Rave)
  • Data interpretation
  • Data privacy and security practices (such as encryption, access controls, and audit trails)
  • Electronic health records
  • Healthcare regulations and compliance standards
  • Institutional Review Board submissions
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice guidelines
  • Medical terminology and clinical procedures understanding
    Project management
  • Regulatory compliance and documentation
  • Reporting tools (like SPSS and R)
  • Análisis estadístico
  • Working with regulatory agencies
Diferentes tipos de organizaciones
  • Academic research institutions
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Contract research organizations
  • Government health agencies
  • Empresas farmacéuticas
Expectativas y sacrificios

Clinical Research Coordinators should love research and be committed to developing more effective interventions such as pharmaceuticals and medical technologies.

Their work demands vigilance, precision, and the ability to manage complex logistics. But these professionals don’t just deal with equipment and data. They’re dealing with real patients who volunteered to be part of an experimental testing process! Oversights or errors could put volunteers at risk, so clinical trials must be conducted efficiently, ethically, and with special attention to participant safety. 

Tendencias actuales

The world of clinical research is embracing technological advancements like electronic data capture systems to streamline data collection and management, reducing errors and speeding up analysis times.

The use of real-world data and real-world evidence is revolutionizing study designs and providing deeper insights into treatment effectiveness and safety in real-world settings.

The trend of personalized medicine is also impacting clinical research due to its focus on targeted therapies based on individual genetic profiles. This requires more intricate study designs and specialized coordination but can lead to better patient outcomes and care paradigms.

¿Qué tipo de cosas disfrutaba la gente de esta carrera cuando era más joven...

Individuals attracted to this career likely had a keen interest in science and health from an early age. They may have enjoyed science fairs, running STEM-related experiments at home, or volunteering in healthcare settings. 

Educación y formación necesarias
  • Clinical Research Coordinators usually need a bachelor’s degree in biology, nursing, public health, health sciences, microbiology, or a related area

        In addition, relevant work experience in clinical research or healthcare is required

        Many positions require a thorough background check that may include criminal history, employment history, drug screening, and a credit check

  • Los cursos universitarios más comunes son:

       Biomedical Ethics


       Clinical Data Management

       Clinical Research Methods

       Clinical Trial Design and Implementation


       Ethics in Clinical Research

      Good Clinical Practice Guidelines

       Health Economics and Outcomes Research

       Patient Recruitment and Retention Strategies


       Quality Assurance in Clinical Research

       Regulatory Affairs

       Risk Management in Clinical Trials

       To sit for the CCRC exam, applicants need either:

          3,000 hours of verifiable work experience related to human subject research, or;

          1,500 hours of verifiable work experience and a clinical research degree from a CHEA-accredited institution

       Other Association of Clinical Research Professionals credentials include:

          Certified Professional

          Certified Clinical Research Associate

          Certified Principal Investigator

          Medical Device Professional

          Project Manager

  • Optional certifications from other organizations include:

       Society of Clinical Research Associates - Certified Clinical Research Professional

       Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research - Certified IRB Professional

       Research Administrators Certification Council - Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator

       Research Administrators Certification Council - Certified Research Administrator

Cosas que hay que buscar en una universidad
  • Not all Clinical Research Coordinators hold a bachelor’s degree, but at least 60% do.
  • Look for programs featuring:

       Curricula that offer comprehensive coverage of clinical research principles;

       Internship opportunities with hospitals, research institutions, or pharmaceutical companies;

       Faculty with real-world experience in clinical trials and research;

       High-quality facilities with the latest research tools and technologies;

       Connections with the clinical research industry for potential employment opportunities!

  • Consider the program's cost and the availability of financial aid or scholarships.
Cosas que hacer en el instituto y la universidad
  • Focus on STEM courses, especially biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, algebra, geometry, pre-calculus or calculus, statistics, physics, health sciences, biotechnology, computer science, data science, and psychology
  • Knock out Advanced Placement courses to prepare for college
  • Participate in science clubs, fairs, and research projects, particularly ones that may involve statistical software and data analysis
  • Get a feel for the subject matter through short introductory courses via Coursera, Udemy, edX, and other sites
  • Volunteer or seek part-time work in healthcare settings to understand patient care
  • Engage in internships or job-shadowing opportunities in clinical research settings
  • Follow clinical research news, blogs, and journals to stay informed on industry trends
  • Network with professionals in the field for guidance and mentorship
  • Keep a record of your achievements, projects, and skills for your resume
  • Decide who you want to serve as your references. Ask for their permission to give out their contact information
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Cómo conseguir tu primer trabajo
  • Visit your school’s career center for help preparing resumes and doing mock interviews
  • Apply for entry-level positions, volunteer roles, internships, work placements, or clinical research apprenticeships to gain real-world experience
  • Review job postings on Indeed, Glassdoor, and other portals
  • Note the keywords in job ads. Try to incorporate them into your resume where possible
  • Common keywords might include:

       Adverse Event Reporting

       Budget Management

       Clinical Protocols

       Clinical Research

       Clinical Trial Management Systems

       Data Collection Methods

       Electronic Data Capture Systems

       Ethical Standards

       Informed Consent Process

       IRB Submissions

       Patient Screening

       Pharmacovigilance (i.e., drug safety)

       Protocol Development

       Quality Assurance

       Regulatory Compliance

       Study Design and Implementation

Cómo subir la escalera
  • Seek advice from mentors and supervisors about career progression
  • Continue learning through professional development courses or by earning certifications like the Association of Clinical Research Professionals’ Certified Principal Investigator
  • Consider knocking out a graduate degree
  • Volunteer to take on more complex simulation projects and leadership roles
  • Build relationships with fellow researchers and healthcare professionals
  • Specialize in an emerging area of clinical research like gene therapy
  • Stay active in professional organizations such as the Association of Clinical Research Professionals
  • Contribute to forums, blogs, and journals. Present at seminars and conferences
  • If needed to advance, consider relocating to look for jobs at larger organizations 
Herramientas/recursos recomendados

Páginas web


  • Essential Concepts in Clinical Research: Randomised Controlled Trials and Observational Epidemiology, by Kenneth Schulz PhD and David Grimes MD
  • Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Evidence-Based Practice, by Leslie Portney DPT PhD
  • Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, by John Gallin MD (Editor), et. al. 
Plan B

Clinical Research Coordinators are essential to the process of conducting medical trials, but there is a limited number of positions available at any given time. If you’re interested in exploring some alternative career paths, consider the following options:

  • Bioestadístico
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Data Manager for Clinical Research
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Health Specialties Teacher
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Científico médico
  • Medical Writer
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Especialista en asuntos reglamentarios
  • Investigador científico
  • Social Science Research Assistant
  • Especialista en recursos hídricos


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