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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 6:00pm

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a specific process used to test the safety and efficacy of new drugs and medical devices. This method involves individuals who agree to undergo specific tests and procedures in order to better understand the safety and efficacy of new drugs or medical devices. These trials are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What is a Clinical Research Coordinator?

A Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a member of the healthcare team that is primarily responsible for the day-to-day activity of a clinical trial. They recruit, enroll and monitor individuals enrolled in a clinical trial. They will also interact with the physicians associated with the trial and the organization which funds the trial, such as a pharmaceutical company or the National Institutes of Health. CRCs typically work in physician practices, hospitals, and specialty centers but can also be employed in pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations.

What is the job outlook for career as a Clinical Research Coordinator?

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not maintain statistics for Clinical Research Coordinators, the employment demand for CRCs is expected to continue to grow. The job outlook within the state is especially promising since Texas is a leading pharmaceutical research state. In 2012, Texas was ranked second nationally for the number of all clinical trials, with more than 14,000 studies underway, according to the National Institutes of Health database ( An aging population and new scientific discoveries are expected to contribute to growth in the drug and medical device development industry nationwide.
Academic Departments

Program Coordinator

Heather McCreery
Phone: 210-486-4360
Office: MLH-201

Area Contacts

Emily Coppin
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 210-486-4352
Office: MLH-201

Adriana Garza
Administrative Associate
Phone: 210-486-4354
Office: MLH-201

John Grillo
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: 210-486-4054
Office: MLH-201A