1. How long will it take to complete your online training program?
On average, it will take most people 40 – 60 hours to fully understand and learn the material presented and participate in the testing process of the Monitoring Clinical Studies program

2. What is a Study Coordinator or Clinical Research Coordinator?
These are the individuals 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.

3. What are CRA Salaries?
All salary information will depend on basic qualification, experience and the needs of the hiring companies. Typical starting salaries per annum for new CRAs are around 1, 65,000 and higher. Salaries quickly rise with experience. With a couple years experience, you can expect to earn between 2, 18,000 and 3, 75,000. Some of the companies pay up to 5, 25,000 and supply their CRAs with a company car.

4. What is a CRO?
Clinical Research Organisation is an smaller organization like us there are also some commercial, academic, or some other are contracted by the pharmaceutical industry to perform one or more of a sponsor’s clinical trial-related activities in their organistaion. There are many hundreds of large and small CROs, all of them who are in requirement with the CRAs.

5. What is the typical background of a CRA?
Usually, the CRA will have a health care or science background. About 20-30% of CRAs have a either medical or nursing background, but in this current age lot many other professions are also contributing towards CR as their career. These are related to health care/science experience which includes medical technologist, pharmacist, or even therapist.

6. What other positions in the pharmaceutical industry can an experienced CRA hope to move into?
Clinical Research jobs/positions in pharmaceutical industry 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

7. Who does the CRA interact with while on the job?
CRAs (Clinical Research Associate) major role is varied as per the organisational / academies need but in common is as follows:

  • They are key participants in the design, implementation and monitoring of clinical trials.
  • They shoulder the responsibility of planning and implementing all activities required to conduct and monitor complex clinical trials and ensure that Good Clinical Practices are followed.
  • They assist in preparation of presentations, manuscripts of scientific meetings and technical journals. They attend scientific/professional meetings and training courses as appropriate.
  • This is a combination of Medical practice, Surgery and alike on one hand and Pharmacy & Research on the other. So the candidate should be mentally prepared to put in long working hours with compassion and humane attitude

8. Do you guarantee that I will obtain a CRA position after having taken your Certificate online program-Monitoring Clinical Studies?
No, we do not guarantee anyone a position as a CRA upon completion of our program. But we provide is placement assistance by distributing and posting your CV to pharmaceutical manufacturers, recruiters and CROs who are looking for CRAs in their Organistaion.