Clinical Research Coordinators Career Video
Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.
Clinical research projects evaluate the safety and effectiveness of drugs and other medical treatments. This requires attention to detail, planning, and facilitation. Clinical research coordinators carefully organize clinical studies to produce the most accurate results possible. They maintain critical, legal records of what goes on during studies, including case reports and drug dispensation records. Their data is essential in determining the success or failure of a therapy. These reports may need to be shared with officials or other regulatory agencies. Clinical research coordinators must exercise clear ethical standards when it comes to screening, monitoring, and directing study participants. They ensure that participants understand and voluntarily consent to a study. Subjects may only participate in a study after a clinical research coordinator interviews them, reviews medical records, and consults with the appropriate medical professionals to ensure it is safe and responsible to do so. They often advise sponsors of the study on procedural issues and may schedule the facilities, as well as analyze the risks of clinical studies. Many clinical researchers work in research centers, pharmaceutical labs, universities, and large hospitals. Most work full time, and have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a health sciences or related field. Some employers require Coordinators to have a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse credentials for these positions.