What does a CRA 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.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a cra
When working as a cra, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Pox, Leadership, Team Work, Hepatitis and Excellent Communication.
- Clinical Data Manager
- Lab Assistant
- Clinical Research Assistant
- Medical Assistant
The most common qualifications to become a cra 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.