Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Basic Training Online

This course is a five session, intensive online training program designed to meet the needs of coordinators who have less than one year of experience or who have never received formal training. It is useful to anyone who requires a fast, thorough introduction to clinical research trial conduct, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and the federal regulations governing research. The class is geared toward providing practical information to get students "up and running" in the clinic, with many tools and templates to assist with study implementation.

Course Topics: 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

Class Schedule and Time: 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 27, 2015

Summer 2015 – Session 1

June 4

June 11, 18, 25, and July 2


1:00pm - 3:30pm


May 29, 2015

Summer 2015 – Session 2

August 13

August 20, 27, September 3, 10


10:00am - 12:30pm


August 7, 2015

PreWork Reading and Assignments: 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 five sessions. 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.

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.

Cost and Transfer/Cancellation Policies: The cost of the coures is $499 per registration. Payment must be received before registration can be confirmed. Payment must be made via credit card by 4:00pm CST the Friday 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 Friday 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 fee. Transfer requests must be submitted by 4pm CST on the Friday before the course starts. Northwestern reserves the right to cancel any course with insufficient enrollment 6 days prior to the course start date. In such cases, all fees are refunded.

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