The first step in becoming a clinical research nurse (CRN) is to complete a nursing program or obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Once you complete your nursing program, prospective CRN’s must take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). You then must register as a nurse with your state. Clinical research nurses may need experience in a specific specialty to get a job. Many facilities and hospitals offer internship programs in specialties so nurses can get advanced skills. Certifications in clinical research are available from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
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