How did you become a CRA?

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Beck in Kingston, Pennsylvania

50 months ago

I'm currently in high school, planning for college and I want to become a CRA, so I'm wondering what major your chose to become a CRA? Should I get a masters degree or will just a bachelors be okay and in what? And after college, how did you go about getting your first job? Thanks!

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Sweet Tea in Atlanta, Georgia

50 months ago

Any major in Life Sciences should be good, although there are a few schools that do have Bachelor of Clinical Research Programs.

During your junior and senior year is college, get an internship at one of the big CROs, then get hired as a CTA, then get promoted into the CRA role.

You could also do nursing, work as an RN/ research nurse for a few years, then go into being a CRA.

You will not need to worry about a Master's degree until you are in the CRA role. It won't be useful until you want to move up above being a CRA. It may actually hurt you as you look for your first CRA job as it makes you look overqualified.

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Beck in Kingston, Pennsylvania

50 months ago

Thank you so much! But what is a CTA? And is it hard to get an internship at a CRO?

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TJ123 in NorCal, California

50 months ago

CTA: Clinical Trial Assistant

I am a CRC (Clinical Research Coordinator) at a local research center. That is also a good place to start and network as you will be interacting with CRAs almost everyday.

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Sara

48 months ago

Hi am a CRA I have blog where I talk about some of the basics of being a CRA check it out beginnercra.wordpress.com/. I plan on including some hands on stuff how to get started the right things to say on an interview. I also offer coaching so if you are interested please check it out at beginnercra.wordpress.com/

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Hiring in Boston, Massachusetts

28 months ago

I am hiring for multiple full-time monitor (CRA) positions. Clinical research experience is required, but we have hired candidates with zero monitoring experience in the past. We have a great training program. Positions are office-based in the Boston area with some travel. If interested, please go to www.dana-farber.org/Careers/Careers-at-Dana-Farber.aspx and enter job code 26010 or search for "clinical trials monitor".

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CRA in Montréal, Quebec

28 months ago

i am interested

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CRA in Montréal, Quebec

28 months ago

I am interested but I don't see this job posting on website

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Wishfulthinking in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

27 months ago

I'm currently in a CRA program and like mentioned before, any life sciences undergrad is good. Paired with an intern at any CRO that you may apply to.

Best of luck! You'll do great!

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suda in Brooklyn, New York

8 months ago

Sara said: Hi am a CRA I have blog where I talk about some of the basics of being a CRA check it out beginnercra.wordpress.com/ . I plan on including some hands on stuff how to get started the right things to say on an interview. I also offer coaching so if you are interested please check it out at beginnercra.wordpress.com/

Hey I graduated in Biology. I am interested to make my carrier in clinical trials. Could you please guide what is the first step to get into . Are their any kind of certifications which I need to do. Thanks for your time and patience

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suda in Brooklyn, New York

8 months ago

Hey I graduated in Biology. I am interested to make my carrier in clinical trials. Could you please guide what is the first step to get into . Are their any kind of certifications which I need to do. Thanks for your time and patience

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BuggZapper in Henderson, Nevada

8 months ago

Hiring in Boston, Massachusetts said: I am hiring for multiple full-time monitor (CRA) positions. Clinical research experience is required, but we have hired candidates with zero monitoring experience in the past. We have a great training program. Positions are office-based in the Boston area with some travel. If interested, please go to www.dana-farber.org/Careers/Careers-at-Dana-Farber.aspx and enter job code 26010 or search for "clinical trials monitor".

Hi! Are you still hiring for these roles?

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Clarke.sh in Boston, Massachusetts

7 months ago

TJ123 in NorCal, California said: CTA: Clinical Trial Assistant

I am a CRC ( Clinical Research Coordinator ) at a local research center. That is also a good place to start and network as you will be interacting with CRAs almost everyday.

Hi, I am in college now (BS Biology and Mathematics). I am trying to become a CRC as well but i keep getting different answers as to what path educationally i have to take to get there. Some websites say MD, some say PhD and some say only Masters once you become a CRA.

Can you shed some light on which one is correct. I am not so excited about having to go to Med school, I am in my 3rd year and med school requirements probably won't coincide with my GPA at this point (3.2 overall). So would a Masters in CR help me get there?

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SDV-er in Chicago, Illinois

7 months ago

You absolutely do NOT need a graduate degree to be a CRC. Some CRCs I work with are just Medical Assistants with associates degrees; Most are RNs.

The only MDs I see working as a CRC are foreign-grad MDs who are working on their testing in the US or who have given up on passing the test. I've never met a PhD as a CRC is ten years of industry experience (that doesn't mean they don't exist, but they are very rare).

If you want to be a CRC (clinical research coordinator: someone who assists the primary investigator with data entry, query resolution, paperwork, seeing patients, performing minor procedures like blood draws, etc.), I think a BS in the sciences or an RN/BSN is sufficient. I wouldn't enroll in a master's program until you have at least a year experience in the field- you don't want a super-specific, not very transferable master's degree when you don't even know you like the job yet. Wait until up get tuition assistance from your employer- many research degrees can be taken online because they know the students are on the road a lot.

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sofia_1 in San Jose, California

4 months ago

Is it worth taking courses? I'm in California, we have UCSC/UCBerkley extensions with CRA courses. Does it help? many people say NO..just networking and hope that someone wants to take without experience!!
*I'm MS graduate from 2004..worked in hospital, academia (outside USA). Now finishing my 18 month contract in medical device industry (in US:-)), but cannot find new position. want to learn something fresh and new.

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