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ACRP CCRC Scholarship

Each year, ACCR selects and sponsors one qualified clinical research coordinator from the Northwestern Medicine clinical research community to sit for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Clinical Research Coordinator (CCC) certification exam. Recipients of the scholarship must pass the CRC exam to receive reimbursement for the exam fee. Recipients who pass the CRC exam also receive funding for a one year membership to ACRP. Applications for this scholarship are accepted each fall for the following spring's exam.


ACRP certification is the formal recognition of clinical research professionals who have met the professional eligibility requirements and demonstrated a basic level of job-related knowledge and skills. Certification is granted in recognition of documented and verified work experience and successful completion of a multiple-choice exam. Those qualified candidates who pass the CRC exam are granted the title of Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) by the ACRP.

For more information about ACRP, visit their website.

Qualifications to Sit for the CRC Exam

A CRC, regardless of job title, works at a clinical research site under the immediate direction of a principal investigator, whose research activities are conducted under ICH Good Clinical Practice guidelines. CRCs and other professionals referred to as research nurses, trial nurses, site coordinators, etc., perform tasks such as:

  • Document adverse events
  • Prepare or review documents submitted to the IRB
  • Protocol review or study procedures planning
  • Participate in conducting subject visits
  • Maintain source documents
  • Prepare for and participate in study visits with monitor, sponsor, auditors, etc.
  • Participate in consent process

To be eligible for the CRC exam, a candidate must fulfill one of the following combinations of education and working experience as a CRC:


Working Experience as a CRC*

Option 1

Assoc./bachelor's degree or RN

At least 3,000 hours performing the essential duties of a CRC

Option 2

Other (e.g., LPN, LVN, Medical Assistant, Lab Technician, H.S. diploma)

At least 4,500 hours performing the essential duties of a CRC

*Note: Up to 1,500 hours may be substituted by the completion of an accepted education program.

Application Information

Instructions on applying for the scholarship can be found here.

In order to be considered for this sponsorship, you must provide the following information by the deadline each year:

DEADLINE: November 10, 2017

1. Complete the ACCR Form

  • Scholarship Application Form found here.

2. Submit a copy of your current resume or CV

  • Be sure to outline your experience in clinical research.

3. Provide a letter of support from your immediate supervisor or PI

4. Submit a one-page personal essay

  • Explain why you want to take the exam
  • Describe how being certified can help you in your current position at Northwestern Medicine clinical research community 
  • Outline your future career goals

The complete application package must be submitted by the designated deadline for the applicable year 

ACCR reviews all applications received by the deadline each fall and announces the recipient of the scholarship in December. The recipient receives the scholarship (reimbursement of exam fee and a one-year ACRP membership) only if they pass the CRC exam for which the scholarship was offered.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2017: Allison Rogowski

2014: Elizabeth Rangel

2013: Kristine Lipowski

2012: Susan Fore-Kosterski

2011: Holly DeMark

2009: Jillian Bateman

2008: Helen Donnelly, Katie Small