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What Is a Clinical Director and How to Become One

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What Is a Clinical Director?

A clinical director manages medical care facilities. Job duties include all operational aspects of a health clinic, community health organization, or medical research facility, from employee supervision to the development of programs. These responsibilities include overseeing daily operations, implementing the business plan, hiring and evaluating personnel, and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws. Although a clinical director doesn’t typically interact directly with patients, they oversee the quality of patient care.

How to Become a Clinical Director

The minimum qualifications to become a clinical director are a bachelor’s degree and work experience working in a medical setting. You can advance your career with additional education, like a graduate certificate or master’s degree in life or medical sciences. Some employers prefer job candidates with a professional license, such as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). In addition to management skills, you need experience with medical record keeping, patient care, ethical standards and regulations, and clinical policies and procedures.

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