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  What is CRI’s job placement assistance program? 
  How long will it take to complete the online course?
  Will I be considered certified upon graduation?
  After taking your course, are there any other positions besides a CRA that I may obtain?
  Is there a large job market for this industry?
  To obtain employment will I have to travel?
  Will I be guaranteed a job after graduating from this program?
  What is a CRA career structure?
  What is a CRA working conditions?
  Work requires a smart dress code.
  Who are typical employers?
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

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What is CRI’s job placement assistance program? 

CRI aggressively seeks to find all job opportunities available for graduates of our program. You will immediately be in direct contact to a CRA professional resume writer that is recommended and paid by us for the service of your resume writing and job coaching. After the resumes are written and perfected, resumes are created and distributed to pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, academia, and research sites. In addition, As CRI's reputation for generating qualified candidates continues to grow, many employers are contacting us directly for our graduates to fill full time and contract assignments. After course completion, CRI's Career Center will serve as an ongoing career guidance and will provide you with the job specific-questions you expect during the interview as well as the answer. 

CRI does not require a fee from the employer for any placement, which is an incentive for hiring our graduates. This novel opportunity has been one of the leading factors for our success with job placement. 

 

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How long will it take to complete the online course?

Course completion is expected to take between 80 and 100 hours.

 

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Will I be considered certified upon graduation?

No, CRI will provide you with a certificate of completion as a clinical research professional for successfully meeting the course requirements.  To become certified, a CRA must be employed in the industry for a minimum of 2 years. For Certification visit the Association of Clinical Research Professionals website.

 

 

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After taking your course, are there any other positions besides a CRA that I may obtain?

Upon completion of this program, the student will have a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the drug development process. CRI’s graduates have obtained positions such as a clinical research associate, clinical research assistant, regulatory documentation specialist, project manager, data coordinator, clinical data reviewer, medical communications consultant, drug safety specialist, and clinical research coordinator. The type of position that the student has obtained is dependent of the individual’s experience coupled with the CRI training program.

 

 

 

 

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Is there a large job market for this industry?

Yes, it is a continually expanding industry, especially due to a growing biotech industry. Individuals with training are coming to the forefront of this industry due to the serious implications it can have on the drug, device, and biologic approval process.

 

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To obtain employment will I have to travel?

Many CRA positions do require travel, but there are also many in-house positions available that do not require travel. Willingness to travel is an advantage, but not necessary. In addition, these positions generally do not require travel: data coordinator, clinical data reviewer, medical communications consultant, drug safety specialist, and clinical research coordinator.

 

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Will I be guaranteed a job after graduating from this program?

No, CRI cannot guarantee that an individual will get a job. CRI cannot control interview skills and communication ability. It is up to individuals to sell themselves, as well as express the knowledge they obtained from this program. However, CRI’s aggressive job placement assistance program will likely provide the graduate with these opportunities.

 

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Q What is a CRA career structure?
Career structures vary from company to company and are not always very clear-cut. Clinical Research Associate (CRA) positions are generally set at three levels, with increasing responsibility:
Level 1: visiting investigative centers, setting up and organizing clinical trials, liaising with center staff, and undertaking necessary administration;
Level 2: more involvement in activities such as protocol development, design of case record forms (CRFs), and writing research reports;
Level 3: managing projects, possibly on an international scale.
 

CRAs within a Contract Research Organization can build up and widen their experience, with a variety of sponsor pharmaceutical companies, in different therapeutic areas and in different phases of clinical research.

Most companies have clinical trials management/executive positions, which would be the next step for an experienced CRA. Some companies prefer PhD holders for senior posts. For positions such as medical adviser or medical director.

 

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Q What is a CRA working conditions:
A Working conditions vary between companies. You may work extra hours , although weekend or shift work is uncommon. Field-based clinical research associates (CRAs) are mainly dealing with doctors and research nurses in trial centers, GP practices or hospitals. CRAs mainly work alone, although they may also work in teams. Some companies have in-house office-based CRA roles with virtually no site visit responsibilities; these CRAs focus on document review and management.
 

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Q Work requires a smart dress code.
A Self-employment or freelance work is possible. Some contract houses employ CRAs on a freelance basis. Part-time work may be possible but is more likely in a contract house. Women make up 60 - 70% of the profession. Career breaks are possible.
 

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Q Who are typical employers?
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Typical employers include pharmaceutical companies, Contract Research Organizations (CRO) or Contract Pharmaceutical Organizations, who conduct research on behalf of pharmaceutical companies.

A CRO may organize the placement of a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) on contract with the sponsor (the pharmaceutical company). Reporting directly to the sponsor, the CRO may organize and conduct the whole study or any part of it, with the CRA reporting to the organization and feeding back to the sponsor. Alternatively, the CRO may organize and conduct the entire clinical trial program.

Hospital academic departments occasionally employ CRAs in clinical trials units.

 

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