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Clinical Research Coordinator Advanced Certificate

Prepare to enter the Clinical Research workforce with the computer, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills needed.

Program Overview

Clinical research coordinators assist with conducting clinical studies and trials for the development of new drugs and protocols, medical devices, and diagnostic tools. If you have an associate or bachelor’s degree in a health care or science field, and would like to expand your skills and work in the growing field of clinical research, then the Clinical Research Coordinator Advanced Certificate is for you.

The iHealth@NECC Clinical Research Coordinator Advanced Certificate will prepare you to enter the clinical research workforce with the computer, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills needed to meet the needs of the region’s research facilities. Successful completion of the program will help prepare you for the credentialing/licensing exams offered by the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Students who complete the Clinical Research Coordinator Advanced Certificate Program may continue their education toward earning the NECC Associate Degree in General Studies: Health Specialization.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue jobs as entry-level clinical research coordinators, and can work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmaceutical companies, and independent research companies.

This certificate program will also provide career laddering opportunities for those graduates of existing Associate and Baccalaureate Degree programs in Healthcare fields such as Medical Laboratory Technicians, Nurses, Radiologic Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, and Paramedics, as well as, graduates of programs who have earned an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in Science.

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Program Requirements

Students who attend the Clinical Research Coordinator Advanced Certificate Program through iHealth@NECC will complete their coursework online and will complete a face-to-face Clinical Research Practicum course (CR106) that requires the completion of a minimum of 180 hours.

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all career and science courses in order to graduate.

A minimum of 24/25 credit hours are required to graduate with the Clinical Research Coordinator Advanced Certificate.

Prior to entering this certificate program applicants must have earned an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a related health field or an associate or bachelor’s degree in science with a GPA of 2.0 or higher or may enter the program by permission of the Program Coordinator.  Additionally, applicants must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a minimum grade of C prior to entering this program.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Drug Screening

Students enrolled in this academic program may be required to pass a drug screening analysis.


Students are required to be CPR certified at the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer level for this certificate program.


Students must meet both the college and the Division of Health Professions immunization requirements prior to entering this program and/or prior to the start of any semester that has a clinical/externship component.

Student Professional Liability Insurance

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance if a course requires it.  The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.


Students interested in participating in this program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check, and a Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/SORI/CHRI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

Required Courses

Required Courses:
Course # Courses Credits Comments
CRC101 Introduction to Clinical Research 3  
CRC102 Clinical Research Regulatory Compliance 3 Co-requisite
CRC103 Pharmacology for Clinical Research 3 Pre-requisite
CRC104 Clinical Research Protocol Design and Research Ethics 3 Pre-requisite
CRC105 Clinical Database Management 3 Co-requisite
CRC106 Clinical Research Practicum 3 Pre-requisite
HES115 Medical Terminology 3  
Computer Science Elective 3/4  
Required Electives
COURSE Name Credit Comments
Computer Science Elective 3/4 CIS110 OR CIS112 OR CIS113 OR CIS210

Program Notes

Recommended Course Sequence
Year 1 Fall CIS Elective, CRC101, CRC102, HES115
Spring CRC103, CRC104, CRC105
Summer CRC106

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