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Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Basic Training



Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Basic Training is a five-session, scheduled online training program for coordinators that provides practical information to get them "up and running" in the clinic, with many tools and templates to assist with study implementation.

The training covers a variety of topics, including informed consent, regulatory, procedures, documents, and binders, study initiation and close-out visits, drug compliance/storage/documentation, IRB submissions and HIPAA, adverse events, and FDA audits and monitoring.


Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Basic Training is designed for 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, and the federal regulations governing research.

This course is open to Northwestern University affiliates and external registrants.  There are no requirements needed prior to registering for this course. 

Contact Hours

CRC Basic Training was approved by the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute as a continuing nursing education activity. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CPN 15198, for 11 continuing education contact hours. Course participants must attend all five class sessions in full to receive contact hours and certificate of completion.

NOTE: The 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 is required before an individual is eligible to sit for the CRA or CRC certification exams offered through professional organizations like ACRP and SOCRA.

Dates & Deadlines

Summer I

Wednesday, June 1st 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8th 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15th 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22nd 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29th 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Registration closed due to capacity.

Summer II

Thursday, July 7th 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 14th 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 21st 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28th 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 4th 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Register by July 2nd. 

Note: If capacity is reached,

registration will close early.

Fall I

Friday, October 7th 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m

Friday, October 14th 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 21st 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 28th 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 4th 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Registration coming soon.


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 assignments (pre-work packet) can be downloaded from NUCATS Online after you have registered for the course.

Note: This is a first come first served course offered regularly throughout the year. Course spots/seats cannot be reserved ahead of registration and payment. See cost and registration details.

Cost & Registration

The cost is $199 per registration. If you are an NU employee, a Chicagoland CTSA employee, or an NU affiliate employee, a discounted rate is available.  

When registering with a P Card or a personal credit card, please email Nicole Masen to request your discount code prior to registering. Please include your full name and the specific course (Winter I, Spring II, etc.) for discount.

When registering with a Northwestern University chart string, a discount code is not needed; follow the chart string instructions.

Register for Summer I

Cancellations & Transfers

Cancellation & transfer requests must be submitted in writing to Nicole Masen. All cancellations & transfers will incur a fee.

Read our full cancellation & transfer policy to learn more.

Northwestern University reserves the right to cancel any course prior to the course start date and will notify participants accordingly. In such cases, all fees are refunded.

Cancel or Transfer

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