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Clinical Research Coordinator 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, binders, study initiation and close-out visits, drug compliance/storage/documentation, IRB submissions and HIPAA, adverse events, and FDA audits and monitoring.

About the Program


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 & 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.

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

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.

Quarter Dates & Times (Central) Registration Deadline
Winter II

Wednesday, February 8, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Registration is open.

Spring I

Tuesday, March 14, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21, 12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11, 12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Registration is open

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 a Northwestern University employee, a Chicagoland CTSA employee or a Northwestern University affiliate employee, a discounted rate is available.  

When registering with a P Card or a personal credit card, please email Katie Velez 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 Winter II

Register for Spring I

 Cancellations & Transfers

Cancellation & transfer requests must be submitted in writing to Katie Velez. All cancellations and transfers will incur a fee.

Read our full cancellation and 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.

Meet Our Team

Faculty Director

Dr. Rosenberg

Sharon Rosenberg, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care in the Department of Medicine

Content Coordinator


Katie Velez, PMP

Participating Institutions: