What does a Clinical Coordinator do?

Clinical coordinators oversee the day to day operations of a healthcare program or department. They perform administrative duties such as coordinating care teams for patients, and acting as a liaison between patients, patient families, and health care professionals. They also oversee budgets, hire and train staff, and develop and implement clinic policies and protocols.

Clinical coordinators typically possess bachelor's degrees in nursing or healthcare administration and have prior experience working in clinical settings. It is imperative that they have exceptional communication skills as they are tasked with interacting with a wide range of individuals each day. They must also have a strong understanding of medical terminology and excellent organizational skills in order to ensure that the needs of all patients are being met.

  • Coordinating patient care plans by liaising with all necessary care providers and medical professions to ensure patient needs are met
  • Use computer software to admit and discharge patients, coordinate follow-up appointments and refer patients to specialists as needed
  • Mastermind ways to improve the quality of patient care provided by the facility
  • Works to create efficient systems and workflows within the clinic
  • Attend departmental meetings and stay up to date on all business initiatives related to the clinic
  • Collect and input patient data, insurance information and financial information into computer system
  • Manage the clinic budget and ensure that the facility is well-equipped to provide top of the line service while remaining mindful of the bottom line
  • Meet with patients and patient families to ensure their needs are being met and resolve any issues or complaints that arise
  • Minimum of 5 years working in a clinical setting
  • 3+ years of proven success in leadership roles
  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills and the ability to exercise empathy when working with patients and their families
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of standard clinical procedures, laws and regulations
  • Thorough knowledge of medical terminology
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and show proof of insurance
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Clinical Coordinator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,300 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $70K
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Clinical Coordinator Career Path

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D4C Dental BrandsD4C Dental Brands
Clinical Coordinator
Apr. 29, 2021

“Understaffed and terrible management.”

The University of Kansas Health SystemThe University of Kansas Health System
Clinical Coordinator
Jul. 20, 2021

“Compensation was tenure based and not performance based”

Swedish CovenantSwedish Covenant
Emergency Room Coordinator
May 29, 2021

“Management was great and worked with my school schedule.”

UC San DiegoUC San Diego
Clinical Trial Coordinator
Oct. 26, 2020

“No work and life balance.”

Rasmussen University
Clinical Coordinator
Jun. 3, 2021

“Good salary and compensation benefits.”

Clinical Coordinator
Jan. 12, 2021

“May not warrant the best pay comparing rival company's pay”

Clinical Coordinator
Feb. 26, 2020

“Training was not consistent”

CAL State LACAL State LA
Clinical Placement Coordinator
Dec. 13, 2020

“Good work life balance in this organization”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a clinical coordinator

When working as a clinical coordinator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, CPR, Leadership, Microsoft Office Suite and Interpersonal and Communication.

The most similar professions to clinical coordinator are:
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Research Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a clinical coordinator is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.