Article written by the Pharmaspecific Society, a specialist in clinical research.
To become an ARC, a Bac+4 and Bac+5 (Master degree) level is enough. However, it happens that people with a Bac+8 (PhD) can do this job, but it is not necessary to have this level. The level Bac+4 or Bac+5 is ideal.
Often, people who have become CRA with a Bac+8 are people who have done a PhD and who have made a change of direction in progress. They may also be people who have decided to stop becoming researchers and have returned to clinical research, in particular to the job of Clinical Research Associate.
Others may also be CRA :
– Nurses who have three years of higher education. This works mainly as CRC in the hospital.
– Pharmacists who are CRA but there are few of them…
– There are also doctors who are CRA and they are mostly foreign doctors.
In some cases, having a PhD level may allow you to move more quickly towards Project Manager positions, but this is not systematic.
To avoid wasting time, I advise you to stick to a Bac+4/Bac+5. You can do more but it will not bring you a great advantage unfortunately.
For those who have a Bac+2, the task is really going to be difficult because you’re going to be in competition with people who have a Bac+4/+5 or even Bac+8, or with pharmacists or doctors. I would therefore advise you to resume or continue your studies and do a Master 1 or 2 to be able to access this position.
I hope I have enlightened you a little on this subject.
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