What does a Clinical Research Coordinator I do?

Clinical Research Associate (CRAs) are responsible for coordinating and overseeing the execution of studies and clinical trials. They have a hand in everything from recruiting study participants to creating study documentation, collecting patient data, and performing quality assurance audits to ensure study protocols are being followed. CRAs usually work for pharmaceutical companies, hospital research departments, or clinical contract agencies.

A bachelor's degree in nursing or a related health science concentration is typically required for this position. This requirement may occasionally be waived if a candidate has had significant prior experience working in a clinical environment. For success as a Clinical Research Associate, candidates should possess superior organization skills, strong attention to detail, and excellent analytical thinking skills.

  • Recruit and enroll study participants
  • Input clinical research data into electronic data systems
  • Coordinate patient visits and procedures related to research
  • Act as resource for study participants by answering questions and explaining related procedures
  • Ensure the study site is compliance with all local and federal laws and regulations
  • Monitor study sites and activities to ensure the the appropriate industry protocols and terms of the study are being followed
  • Oversee the hiring and training of staff members who are working on the study
  • Create thorough documentation of study protocol and update it as needed
  • 2+ years of prior clinical research experience
  • Must possess superior analytical and creative thinking skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to keep detailed, accurate records
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of laboratory procedures and equipment
  • Advanced organizational and planning skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel programs
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be fluent in English and posses solid writing abilities
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Clinical Research Coordinator I Salaries

Average Base Pay

$61,322 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $61K
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Cincinnati Children's HospitalCincinnati Children's Hospital
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Massachusetts General HospitalMassachusetts General Hospital
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“Really enjoyed being surrounded by so many brilliant people and got to learn new things every day.”

MD Anderson Cancer CenterMD Anderson Cancer Center
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Apr. 29, 2020

“I have worked at MD Anderson for 11 years and I am proud to work for such an amazing institution.”

Children's HealthChildren's Health
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Aug. 10, 2020

“I have a great team and I am very supported in both my ongoing research projects and personally.”

Emory UniversityEmory University
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Oct. 5, 2019

“Their openness and willingness to adapt and innovate made my job and opportunities for career advancement so enjoyable.”

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Sep. 26, 2021

“Roche is a great innovative company where you can make a difference for our patients.”

China BankChina Bank
Sep. 13, 2019

“All they expect is the best hires but they don't know how to treat their new hires properly.”

Carnegie Mellon UniversityCarnegie Mellon University
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