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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 affliates 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

Winter I

Friday, Jan 14; 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CDT

Friday, Jan 21; 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

Friday, Jan 28; 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

Friday, Feb 4; 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

Friday, Feb 11; 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT


Winter II

Thursday, Feb 17; 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. CDT

Thursday, Feb 24; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Thursday, Mar 3; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Thursday, Mar 10; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Thursday, Mar 17; 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Feb. 10

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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.

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.  

If you are registering with a P Card or a personal credit card and you are eligible for a discounted rate, 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.

If you are registering with a Northwestern University chart string, a discount code is not needed. Just follow these chart string instructions.

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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.

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