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Clinical Research Coordination Overview

Clinical Research Coordination

Career/Program Overview

Mayo School of Health Sciences is currently not accepting applications while they revise the program curriculum.

The Clinical Research Coordination program is a collaboration between RCTC and the Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs), under the direction of a principal investigator, are responsible for the organization, coordination, and overall integrity of a research project.  Responsibilities include protocol development, screening, recruiting, enrolling participants, informed consent process, and collecting data, scheduling, dispensing study drugs, managing the use of investigational devices, ensuring data quality, and maintaining databases.

This program provides skill-based training as well as exceptional professional development opportunities and hands-on experience needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent CRC. 


Coursework includes Medical Terminology: Body Systems & Diseases, Legal Aspects of Health Information, Project Management, Foundations of Clinical Research: Concepts and Theories, Introduction to Health Records, Legal and Regulatory Research Compliance, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications, Clinical Research Site Management, and Fieldwork Experience. Additional general education is required to complete the Associate in Applied Science degree option.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree or a diploma option (for students who already hold at least an associate-level degree) in Clinical Research Coordination.  The AAS degree is 61 credits and the diploma option is 36 credits. 

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start general education coursework any semester.  The MSHS (those with a ‘CRSC’ prefix) courses are not offered every semester so students are encouraged to meet with program advisors to plan ahead. Because this program is jointly offered between RCTC and MSHS, students must apply to both institutions. http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/

Career Opportunities/Information

There is a great need for graduates with a CRC degree in the field of Clinical Research Coordination at Mayo Clinic and on a broader, national level. A formal education in this field enables CRCs to begin their career with the skills necessary for efficient and ethical management of clinical research and provide them with the knowledge and background needed to advance their career in clinical research management.  With the increasing emphasis on biotech research in Minnesota, specifically in the Rochester area, the need for staff trained in human research will continue to increase. Career opportunities are found in academic research facilities, hospitals, physician offices, contract research organizations and biomedical research organizations.

CRCs have a very dynamic and challenging position that offers a lot of opportunities for growth and career development. Salary ranges vary ($36,691 - $71,906) depending on education and years of experience. 

Gainful Employment Programs:

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College and the College of Medicine. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/

Program Advisors

Nirmala Kotagal Ph.D., RCTC Program Advisor,

507-280-2816 or nirmala.kotagal@rctc.edu

Lori A. Carlson, RN, MBA, CCRC , Mayo Program Director,

507-538-1583 or carlson.lori@mayo.edu.

Aleisha K. Chappell, Mayo Education Specialist

Clinical Research Coordinator Programs,

507-255-7081 or chappell.aleisha@mayo.edu

Additional Information

Program Websites: http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/clinical-research and

Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/

Overview content updated: 2015-09-30
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