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Program application deadline: July 22, 2022

Program interview date: August 5, 2022

Program acceptance date: August 8, 2022

Fall cohort start date: September 6, 2022

This is a 16-week course requiring in-person attendance on the UC Davis Health campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All university holidays will be observed.

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.


  • Community 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

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

  • 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 investigator 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