Clinical Education Specialist

Create programs to provide continuing education to medical professionals.
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$31,000 – $89,000

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What do Clinical Education Specialists do?

Clinical Education Specialists plan, design, and administer continuing education programs for healthcare personnel with the goal of improving patient care. Basically, you make sure Doctors and Nurses have up-to-date skills and knowledge that they can use in the real world every day.

As a Clinical Education Specialist, you’re employed by hospitals, clinics, and private companies that offer medical education consulting. You’re paid to do two essential tasks: 1) assess the training needs of Physicians, Nurses, and other medical staff; and 2) develop and administer a clinical education program that addresses those needs through training and professional development.

If your workplace were a school instead of a hospital, you wouldn’t be the Teacher — the Clinical Educator would. Instead, you’d be the Curriculum Developer. While the Clinical Educator teaches the lessons, you decide and design what goes in them.

Topics might range from fire safety in the operating room to controlling the spread of influenza to how to effectively sterilize instruments. The possibilities are infinite. Always, however, it’s your responsibility as a Clinical Education Specialist to decide what subject matter medical personnel need to learn — be it new tools, techniques, or technologies — and what format they need to learn it in: for example, onsite or offsite, online or offline, in a classroom or a conference room, by listening to a lecture or participating in a roundtable discussion.

Because you control and track medical staffs’ education, you’re kind of like a Quality Assurance Engineer: It’s your job to fix your product’s flaws, which in this case is health care!

Should I be a Clinical Education Specialist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Clinical Development Specialist, Clinical Education Coordinator

    How to Become a
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