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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 pilot program that runs in Canvas is currently under review and is not approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing or TransCelerate Biopharma.

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 (Zoom)

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 Registration Link

Fall II

October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Registeration will open in the fall --

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.

 Dates & Deadlines (Canvas Asynchronous)

This is a pilot program that runs in Canvas that will be slowly rolled out over the next year within CECD. As such, we are reviewing the continuing education contact hours and will announce how many CEUs you will receive, if any, soon. This course is not yet certified by TransCelerate Biopharma.

Participants who complete the asynchronous course will receive a certificate of completion from the NUCATS's Institute Center for Education and Career Development.

This is a Canvas course and will not require learners to meet in person or synchronously online and is completed by the learner on their own schedule. 

Session Session Start Date

Session End Date

Registration Deadline For Northwestern University Staff and Affiliates Registration Deadline For Non- Northwestern University Staff and Affiliates Registration Link
Summer II July 21, 2024
September 1, 2024 July 5, 2024
July 1, 2024 Registration is closed
Fall I October 6, 2024 November 17, 2024 Registration will open in late summer
Registration will open in late summer

If you have any questions, contact Priya at 

 Cost & Registration

Zoom Synchronous Cost and Registration

The cost for the Zoom CRC session 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 Northwestern University chart string, have your manager or department business administrator create an internal sales journal for payment. Follow the chart string instructions and send the approval email to Priya Tripathi.

Canvas Asynchronous Cost and Registration

Currently, CRC asynchronous courses are being offered free of charge. Registration is capped at 25 individuals per session. Future sessions may have an associated cost.

 Cancellations & Transfers

Cancellation & transfer requests must be submitted in writing to Priya Tripathi. 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

CECD Assistant Director


Priya Tripathi

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