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Research Associate


What does a CRA do?

A Clinical Research Associate (CRA) is a life sciences professional who monitors clinical trials that test drugs for their effectiveness and confirms that they are safe to put on the market for consumers.

What does a CRA do?

Some of the primary responsibilities for clinical research associates include:

  • Setting up trial sites for conducting research studies
  • Designing materials for the trial and making sure all of the trial centers have plenty of materials available
  • Training the staff at the trial site on industry standards
  • Designing the data collection forms
  • Monitoring the trial throughout its duration
  • Collecting completed case report forms from hospitals and general practices
  • Closing down trial sites when the trial is complete
  • Discussing the results of the trial is a medical statistician
  • Preparing final reports and potentially manuscripts for publication

What's the average salary for a CRA?

Compensation can vary based on experience and geography but on average salaries can start at USD$50,000 and above.

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Do I need a degree to be a CRA?

Most clinical research associate positions require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in life sciences or a health-related field.

How long is the training to be a CRA?

Training requirements may vary by the client; however, ViRB can prepare you within six to eight weeks.