Clinical Research Workforce Development

NUCATS has developed foundational programs to create a clinical research workforce that is highly-skilled, competent and efficient in clinical research with the goal of speeding the translation of scientific discoveries. The NUCATS programs leverage innovative technology and approaches to deliver training in translational research competencies and are continually updated to align with translational science as it evolves.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Basic Training (Live and Online): CRC Basic Training was designed to meet the needs of research coordinators who have one to two years of experience or who have never received formal training in Good Clinical Practice (GCP). The class provides practical information to get coordinators and other research staff "up and running" in the clinic, with many tools and templates to assist with study implementation. Topics for the course include (but are not limited to): GCP, informed consent, study drug compliance, quality assurance, safety monitoring, clinical trial documentation, subject recruitment, compliance and retention, and the protection of human subjects. The course is offered in a two-day intensive live format at Northwestern University and also as a five week (2.5 hours per week) online, synchronous course that leverages online technology with a live instructor and a cohort of students.

Good Clinical Practice Training: This training is required for all research staff listed on an IRB Protocol as of January 1, 2017. Training refreshers are required every 3 years.

Introduction to Clinical Research Online Modules: The Introduction to Clinical Research online modules are a series of role-based courses designed to train research site staff including allied health staff, ancillary staff, patient care staff, financial staff, and clinical research staff in the basic elements of clinical research. The program consists of five, one-hour, asynchronous online modules developed using evidence-based principles in online learning development and instructional design. The modules cover a variety of topics including: Introduction to Clinical Research, Human Subjects Protections, Clinical Research Billing, Research Misconduct and Good Clinical Practice.

EQuaTR: The Enhancing Quality in the Translational Research Workforce (EQuaTR) Conference is designed for those that would like to gain additional knowledge on current trends and issues in clinical research for application in their professional setting. This one-day conference is open to all professionals in clinical and translational research, including investigators, clinical research coordinators, monitors, project and site managers, regulatory staff, research assistants, allied health professionals, and others from both academia and industry. The conference will be held on May 4, 2017.

Master of Science in Regulatory Science: Our MS degree program, offered in partnership with the School of Professional Studies, is tailored for professionals in research, regulatory compliance and quality control.

Additional Training Opportunities for Research Staff: Northwestern University offers a myriad of training opportunities for clinical research staff at all levels. Look through a few educational opportunities here.

RAMP for Study Coordinators: This course of modules takes study coordinators through best practices of data collection and entry and biostatistical concepts as they relate to research design. Instruction is delivered in didactic and hands-on sessions.

Tips for getting a job as a Clinical Research Coordinator: Just starting out and want to learn more about a career as a CRC? Read through our advice and best practices, compiled to help you navigate your job hunt.