Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Basic Training Online

A Practical Introduction to the Clinical Research Coordinator Role.

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Course Description
CRC Basic Training Online is an online classroom where you meet weekly with your class and instructor to learn the role of a clinical research coordinator and the basics of clinical research.

The course content is designed to provide a practical introduction to the clinical research coordinator role with tools and templates to allow you to hit the ground running.  It includes an overview of the clinical research process, an introduction to roles of key personnel involved in clinical research, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), ethics, regulatory considerations and best practices for success in this position. (Back to the top)

Course Topics include: Informed Consent; Clinical Trial Initiation and Budget Negotiation; FDA Forms and Procedures; Regulatory Documents and Binder Maintenance; Source Documents; Study Initiation and Close-Out Visits; Subject Recruitment, Compliance and Retention; Drug Compliance, Storage, and Documentation; IRBs, IRB Submissions, and HIPAA; Adverse Events and Safety Monitoring; Quality Assurance Audits and Monitor Visits; Preparing for FDA Audits. (Back to the top)

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Enrolled Student Checklist: This checklist provides information or items for you to consider prior to your course start date. (Back to the top)

PreWork Reading and Assignment: This course includes approximately 20 hours of pre-session reading and assignments that must be completed prior to your first day of class.  The pre-session reading and questions are essential to the design of the course as not all basic definitions and principles will be reviewed in detail during the three day session.  We highly encourage the purchase of the course book (The CRC's Guide to Coordinating Clinical Research by Karen E. Woodin, PhD (author) and Sara Gambrill (editor) which will allow you to complete the reading and assignments as designed.  You may also complete the pre-session assignment by utilizing external resources if you wish. The pre-session assignments (pre-work packet) can be downloaded from NUCATS Online after you have registered for the course. (Back to the top)

Course Materials: We highly encourage all students to purchase:  The CRC's Guide to Coordinating Clinical Research (Second Edition) by Karen E. Woodin, PhD (author) and Sara Gambrill (editor) as the key text for this course and an ongoing, reliable reference.  In addition, participants will be provided during the course with materials and tools to assist you in coordinating a research study. (Back to the top)

CE Credit and Certificate: This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CPN 15198, for 11 continuing education contact hours. Please note that completion of this course will not provide students with certification as a CRC. One to two years of full-time work experience in the field are required before an individual is eligible to sit for the CRA or CRC certification exams. (Back to the top)

Schedule and Time: (Back to the top)

The first 30 minutes of the first class session will be dedicated to testing connections and audio. The class facilitator will also be available to answer questions about web-conference functionality and online learning. 



Course Time

Day of the Week

Registration Deadline

Spring 2015

April 2

April 9, 16, 23 and 30


10:00am - 12:30pm


March 30, 2015

Summer 2015 – Session 1

June 4

June 11, 18, 25, and July 2


1:00pm - 3:30pm


June 1, 2015

Summer 2015 – Session 2

August 13

August 20, 27, September 3, 10


10:00am - 12:30pm


August 10, 2015

Cost, Payment and Transfer/Cancellation Policies:

  • Rate: $499 per person
  • Payment must be received before registration can be confirmed. Payment must be made via credit card by 4:00pm CST the Monday before the course starts.
  • Cancellations must be made within 30 days of course registration; all cancellations after this will not be refunded. A $35 cancellation fee will be applied to all cancellations.  Registration will close at 4pm on the Monday before the course start date.  This is to allow students enough time to obtain the course book and complete the pre-session reading and assignments.
  • All transfers, including CRC Basic Training Online to CRC Basic Training Live and vice versa, registrant transfers, and course date transfers, will incur a $100.00 fee. Transfer requests must be submitted by 4pm CST on the Monday before the course starts. 
  • Northwestern reserves the right to cancel any course with insufficient enrollment 7 days prior to the course start date. In such cases, all fees are refunded. (Back to the top)

Registration: You can register for this course online at NUCATS Online. Registration will close at 4pm (Central Time) on the Monday before the course start date to allow students enough time to obtain the book and complete the pre-session reading and assignments.  If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact us at 312-503-7952. (Back to the top)

On-Site and Customized Training
On-site and customized sessions of this course can be scheduled at your institution. In addition to an experienced instructor, institutions booking a special session of the course will be provided with manuals and textbooks for all students. For more information and pricing, please contact our Office of Education and Training at 312-503-7952 or at (Back to the top)

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