Career Awareness

Study Coordinator

 Daily Tasks
Study coordinators work directly with study volunteers, providing them safety and protection while collecting and managing the study data. They promote, advertise, and conduct telephone and face-to-face screenings to recruit volunteers. During the study process, they assess volunteer condition and coordinate ongoing clinical/laboratory testing and physical exams. Coordinators may assess vital signs (height, weight, blood pressure, pulse), and some are trained to collect blood/urine specimens and perform lung function testing. Study coordinators follow up with volunteers after the study and manage a great deal of paperwork, electronic correspondence and data.
 
 Skills/Talents
Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate with patients regarding study risks and benefits, ability to educate patients, compassion and a desire to help people. Must have strong communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to adapt to change and work with other employees. Word processing and spreadsheet computer skills are essential.
 
 Work Setting
Hospitals; outpatient clinics or offices; rehabilitation facilities; long-term care facilities; education and research centers; school systems; corporate or industrial health centers; athletic facilities; fitness centers and sports training facilities.
 
 Work Hours
Typically daytime hours Monday through Friday, but this may vary depending on the type of research being conducted. Some programs have evening hours.
 
 Education
Responsibility varies with level of education, which may range from an associate's or bachelor's degree to a registered nurse (RN) or graduate-level degree. CPR and infection control training are mandatory, and on-the-job training is necessary because each study is unique.
 
 Qualifications
Study Coordinators are strongly encouraged to maintain active certification with the American College of Research Professionals (ACRP) or the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA).
 
 Recommended High School Classes
College prep, computer applications, health sciences, advanced biology, advanced chemistry, and advanced math
 

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