CRC Foundations Training Program - Community Applicants | UC Davis CTSC

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Foundations Training Program - Community Applicants

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Applications for the Spring 2024 CRC Foundations Program are no longer being accepted. Stay tuned for updates on applications for the Fall 2024 program.

About the Program

Led by a UC Davis senior clinical research professional, this training program is based on the widely recognized core competencies for clinical research coordinators (CRCs), and provides a baseline knowledge for students to enter the profession. Clinical research coordinators are an integral part of the research process engaging in all aspects of clinical trials study management from start-up to close out. By providing students with interactive materials, developed by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), shadowing opportunities and discussions led by subject matter experts, the program aims to instill foundational skills and abilities required of the entry level clinical research coordinator.

In this course, students are introduced to the core competencies according to the International Conference on Harmonization Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP). Students will learn how to conduct a clinical research trial in compliance with the protocol and ICH GCPs, investigational product maintenance, proper implementation and documentation of informed consent, recruitment, education, and retention of research subjects, provide the IRB/IEC with relevant documents throughout the trial, maintain adequate and accurate source documents, prepare for auditing and monitoring visits, and much more.

  • Most recent college student identification number
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Medical terminology familiarity
  • Anatomy and physiology course(s) completed
  • Brief interview with selection committee upon receipt of application
  • Prior experience in a medical setting (paid or volunteer) is preferred
  • Upon successful application submission and selection committee interview, student must complete medical clearance and background check
  • Completed COVID-19 vaccination
  • Desire and ability to work full time after completion of the program
  • Completed application form

  • Explain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a competent clinical research coordinator
  • Describe the different study designs and aspects of protocols
  • Describe the general roles and responsibilities of the study personnel
  • Describe the required essential documents and documentation best practices for a clinical trial
  • Describe the subject recruitment and retention process
  • Describe investigational product (IP) management process
  • Describe study communication best practices
  • Describe the feasibility, site qualification, and site selection process
  • Describe a regulatory and ethical informed consent process
  • Describe the elements and purpose of good clinical practice (GCPs)
  • Describe the monitoring process and the CRC’s role in supporting monitoring
  • Define the types of adverse events (AEs) and processes for capturing, assessing, and reporting AEs
Frequently Asked Questions

The program is delivered over 16 weeks, two times a year (Fall and Spring). Lecture, activities, and field trips on scheduled on Tuesdays. Shadowing opportunities for community students are scheduled on Thursdays.

We do not offer college or university credit for this course. If you plan to use this course for Work Experience credit, please consult your program director.

The program can be completed in 16 weeks.

Tuition and fees for accepted students are fully waived by our program for community applicants. Tuition includes all course materials as well as any ancillary fees (parking, etc.). We also provide enrolled students with stipends to offset time taken off work to complete this course.

Yes, all students are required to come to class on Tuesdays. Community students are also required to be on campus for shadowing on Thursdays. Class and shadowing take place on the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento, California.

The program is led by a UC Davis Health senior clinical research professional and features several experienced clinical research professionals as field trip guests.

For more information, please reach out to the Education Program Manager, Olga Kishchenko. 

Phone: 916-813-1214