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Clinical Research Coordinator

What do Clinical Research Coordinators do? 

The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is responsible for conducting clinical trials using good clinical practice (GCP) under the auspices of the Principal Investigator (PI).   Although the PI is responsible for the conduct of the trial, it has been said that the CRC is the heart and soul of the research study and that, ultimately, it is the CRC who carries forward the research goals, thereby playing a significant role in the success of the research study. Most importantly, CRCs are often involved in essential duties that have been traditionally performed by the PI, such as conducting the informed consent process and ensuring compliance with the protocol.

The CRC’s primary responsibility, as with all clinical research professionals, is the protection of human subjects, but the CRC has many other responsibilities. 

Although not inclusive, some of the Clinical Research Coordinator responsibilities include:

  • Monitor clinical study activities to ensure compliance with protocols and with all relevant local, federal, and state regulatory and institutional polices.
  • Maintain required records of study activity including case report forms, drug dispensation records, or regulatory forms.
  • Code, evaluate, or interpret collected study data.
  • Track enrollment status of subjects and document dropout information such as dropout causes and subject contact efforts.
  • Record adverse event and side effect data and confer with investigators regarding the reporting of events to oversight agencies.
  • Prepare study-related documentation such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, and progress reports.
  • Oversee subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented.
  • Maintain contact with sponsors (CRAs) to schedule and coordinate site visits or to answer questions about issues such as incomplete data.
  • Assess eligibility of potential subjects through methods such as screening interviews, reviews of medical records, and discussions with physicians and nurses.
  • Schedule subjects for appointments, procedures, or inpatient stays as required by study protocols.

Clinical Research Coordinator job description:

  • Document adverse events;
  • Prepare or review documents submitted to the institutional review board (IRB);
  • Protocol review or study procedures planning;
  • Participate in conducting subject visits;
  • Maintain source documents;
  • Prepare for and participate in study visits with monitor, sponsor, auditors, etc.;
  • Participate in consent process;
  • Writing the informed consent document;
  • Developing a detailed cost analysis;
  • Negotiating the budget with the Sponsor (i.e. pharmaceutical company or granting agency);
  • Subject recruitment;
  • Patient care;
  • Preparing the case report form (CRF);
  • Submitting CRFs and other data to the Sponsor/CRA as necessary; and
  • Study close-out.

What are CRC Salaries?

All salary information will depend on experience and the needs of the hiring companies. Typical annual starting salaries for new CRCs are around $45,000 - $55,000 and higher.