CRC Training Programs

CTSI provides two training offerings for University of Minnesota Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) to help ensure quality conduct of research and professional development. Coordinating research studies is multifaceted and requires a foundational level of research knowledge, skills and abilities in order to contribute to high-quality, ethical research projects that adhere to local and federal regulations as well as Good Clinical Practice.  

CTSI's Foundations for Research Professionals training program aims to help increase knowledge and application of clinical research coordinator competencies among research professionals at the University of Minnesota. Developing a workforce of competent research professionals is integral to improve the efficiency, quality, and ethics of research.

Who it's for

The training has been developed for clinical research coordinators (CRCs) new to research or new to the University of Minnesota (<1 year).

What it is

The training is 25 hours over two weeks and includes:

  • Six in-person sessions
  • Seven online training modules

Covering topics such as: preparing for a study, managing a study, recruiting and engaging participants, assessing capacity to consent and the informed consent process. In addition, the course provides connections to online references, materials and resources.

Pre-requisite training

The following items are required before completing the Foundations for Research Professionals

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) combined course

  • Baseline assessment 


Participants who went through the program have:

  • Demonstrated an increase in knowledge of clinical research coordinator competencies

  • Been able to apply essential functions of the CRC role with a solid understanding of local and federal regulations, and how to operate using Good Clinical Practice

There is no fee to departments or individual coordinators to participate in the training.

The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Training program provides training and career development to new CRCs at the University of Minnesota.

  • Courses train CRCs on responsibilities ranging from good clinical practice and research ethics to policies and regulatory considerations
  • Curriculum uses interactive online exercises and real-world examples
  • A team of CRC experts and learning designers from across the Academic Health Center collaborated with CTSI to develop the program
  • Courses can be taken anytime, anywhere and are free to CRCs at the University of Minnesota
  • Certificates are awarded upon the successful completion of courses

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*current trainings offered – more in development

Courses to be completed within the first two weeks of employment:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Privacy
  • Human Subjects’ Protection Training
  • Non-Fairview Employed Research Staff (NERS) (as required)
  • Research 101 for Clinical Research Coordinators (offers certificate of completion)

Courses to be completed in a timely manner (or as agreed upon with supervisor or mentor):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • CPR Training (in-person)
  • Good Clinical Practice
  • Hazardous Material Shipping
  • Navigating Research at the University of Minnesota
  • Research Ethics (offers certificate of completion)
  • Role of CRC Certification (offers certificate of completion)
  • Time and Study Collection System (TASCS)
  • University of Minnesota and Fairview Research Policies (offers certificate of completion)
  • Participant Recruitment and Retention

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