A core objective of the MCA’s Clinical Trial Program is to promote a diverse and sustainable talent pool of research professionals. A first step in making this happen is to simply make students aware of clinical research as a career option and to thereafter act as a resource to promote the success of our region’s clinical research professionals should they choose this career path.

Are you looking for a rewarding career? Check out the Clinical Research Profession. Here are some reasons why:

How do I enter the field and grow my career?

One way to enter the field to begin growing your career as a clinical research professional is to enter as a clinical research coordinator (CRC).  A CRC is a professional who, regardless of job title, works at a clinical research site under the immediate direction of a principal investigator and coordinates the daily clinical trial activities, under Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guidelines. Typically, a bachelor's degree is required, preferably in a science or health-related field of study, but it is not necessary. Most sites will provide you with on-the-job training in addition to some classroom training. This training will give you a competitive advantage with prospective employers.

Once you gain sufficient experience as a CRC, you can evolve into a Clinical Research Site Manager. Site Managers oversee all aspects of the clinical trial management for their trial location and may even manage several different trial sites, with the CRCs for each site reporting to them.

Want to know more about how to get started in the clinical research field?  Click this link for more information. 

Competency Domains & Guidelines

The following core competency domains and guidelines ​Association for Clinical Research Professionals, (ACRP) developed ​in collaboration with the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency, provide a framework for the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to perform the CRC job effectively. Clinical trial sites should familiarize themselves with these new domains and competency guidelines in order to promote the quality and standardization of the research profession and to ensure research professionals receive training vetted by industry professionals they need to be successful over-time.

ACRP Certification https://acrpnet.org/certifications/

Core competency domains and guidelines

Training Recommendations

Training for clinical research is offered at many colleges by way of certificate, associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs.

Several professional associations also offer training opportunities, industry news and resources, and networking venues to serve the needs of research professionals at multiple stages of their career: 
Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS)

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program



The level of school and/or the degree acquired by an individual will reduce the amount of experience or requirements they will need to be eligible to take the exam for CRC certification. Professional certification is available through The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and The Association for Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

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