Clinical coordinators are responsible for organizing and overseeing the administrative aspects of health services and hospital departments. They work in hospitals, clinics, academic medical programs, and other patient care environments. Among their daily duties, a clinical coordinator may plan budgets, oversee personnel hiring and training, schedule staff, manage supplies and inventory, and create and evaluate long-term programs and strategy for a hospital department. They may also ensure compliance with legal and hospital accreditation standards, oversee staff training and career development programs, evaluate effectiveness of patient care, and review staff performance. In an academic program, clinical coordinators may be responsible for overseeing student progress.
The work is generally done indoors in a clinical and/or office environment. It is a management position that requires supervisory skill in prioritizing needs and scheduling the daily activities of potentially large numbers of people. Aside from management experience, a clinical coordinator needs strong interpersonal skills and a knowledge of basic computer software and medical scheduling systems. The ability to multitask effectively and delegate work to others is also a must.
Clinical coordinators generally are required to have at minimum a bachelor's degree in a healthcare field related to their position. Many positions additionally require a master's degree or require that the candidate obtain a master's degree no later than two years after being hired. Since these are jobs in patient care, applicants should also expect a thorough background check. Business management experience is also helpful, though a business degree alone without healthcare training and experience is generally not sufficient for the position.
Clinical Coordinator Tasks
- Monitors the research staff in effective and efficient use of laboratory and safety measures.
- Coordinate inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
- Ensure adherence to departmental policies and procedures.
- Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.