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Frequently Asked Questions


How long will it take to complete the "Monitoring Clinical Studies" program?

On average, it will take most people 50 hours to fully understand and learn the material presented and participate in the testing process of the Monitoring Clinical Studies program

What is a Study Coordinator or Clinical Research Coordinator?

This is the individual working for the Investigator or a university/academic institution who handles most of the administrative responsibilities of a clinical trial, is the liaison between the clinical trial investigative site and the sponsor of the clinical trial, and reviews all data and records before a CRAs visit. The title can be research nurse, trial coordinator, study coordinator, research coordinator, or clinical coordinator.

What are CRA Salaries?

All salary information will depend on experience and the needs of the hiring companies. Typical starting salaries for new CRAs are around $50,000 and higher. Salaries quickly rise with experience. With a couple years experience, you can expect to earn between $60,000 and $75,000. Some of the companies pay up to $125,000 and supply their CRAs with a company car.

What is a CRO?

An organization (commercial, academic, or other) contracted by the pharmaceutical manufacturer/sponsor to perform one or more of a sponsor's clinical trial-related activities. There are hundreds of large and small CROs, all of them employing CRAs.

What is the typical background of a CRA?

Usually, the CRA will have a health care or science background. About 25% of CRAs have a Nursing background, either BSN or RN. Other types of health care/science experience includes medical technologist, pharmacist, or physical therapist.

Will I have to relocate if offered a job as a CRA?

It will depend on the individual company, university/academic institution or Contract Research Organization where you are hired. A CRA can either work from the company headquarters, a branch location specifically for CRAs, or from their own home.

What other positions in the pharmaceutical industry can an experienced CRA hope to move into?

Clinical Research jobs/positions include: Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), CRA Manager, Project Manager, Research & Development Project Managers, GCP QA/QC Auditors, Data Managers/Biostatisticians, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance Professionals, Safety Managers, Corporate Managers, Clinical Research Trainers, Clinical Site Managers and Business Development Professionals

Who does the CRA interact with while on the job?

The CRA will work and Interact with internal/sponsor company personnel working in clinical trials, e.g. Clinical Study Managers, other CRA's, Drug Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Medical Writers, Statisticians, Data Management, etc. External interactions can include people from the FDA, a Contract Research Organization, the Hospital Pharmacy Department, Study site staff particularly the Investigator and Study Coordinator.

How current is the information in the online courses?

Our programs are updated when changes in the FDA Code of Federal Regulations, the ICH Guidelines and other regulatory documents require a change in the clinical trials process. .

Can I get a job without being certified?

Yes, absolutely. There are two or three organizations that offer "Certification" for CRAs. They all require that the CRA have at least one or two years of on the job experience as a CRA before you can take a "certification" test. Then the CRA needs to pay for and pass a certification test/exam. Most CRAs are not "Certified". This is a confusing and debated issue. Clinical Research is not a licensed profession. Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) do not need to be "certified" in order to get a job or do their job.

Do you guarantee that I will obtain a CRA position after having taken your Certificate online program-Monitoring Clinical Studies?

No, we can not guarantee anyone a position as a CRA upon completion of our program. Since it is out of their control, providers of training programs do not guarantee anyone a job upon successful completion of their program.

What we will do for placement assistance is distribute your resume (electronic version) to pharmaceutical manufacturers, recruiters and CROs who are looking for CRAs. See the Job Assistance section on this website.