Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC)

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) are an integral part of the research team. Coordinators are responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the study and ensure that research is conducted in compliance with the study protocol as well as federal, state and institutional guidelines and regulations.  To fulfill these responsibilities, CRCs need support and resources. OPRS promotes  CRC efforts by helping to develop education, establish a Coordinator network and provide a forum to share available resources.

Starting a Clinical Trial: the Basics

Research at LAC

USC Courses and Training

Good Clinical Practice Training

Self-study Module: Monitoring of a Clinical Trial

Contracts and Grants Training Sessions

Research Coordinator Zoom Events

July 2021: Zoom Recording | CTSI PPT | OnCore PPT | OPRS Document

Organizing Study Records

Comprehensive Study Document List
Biomedical Study Binder Table of Contents Sample
Socio-Behavioral Study Binder Table of Contents Sample
Sample Checklist for Documenting Subject Visits
‘Living Textbook’ of Clinical Trials 
Clinical Research Toolbox

Audit Preparation

Shedding Light on an FDA Visit
FDA Bioresearch Monitoring (BIMO) Checklist
CQI Visit Assessment Checklist
Problems Frequently Identified in OPRS Assessments


Articles of Interest


When is a Medical Record not a Source Document?
Adverse Event and Drug Coding in Clinical Research

Monitor Visits

Completing Monitor To-do Lists
Site Visit Follow-Up
Source Documents for Clinical Trial Visits


Top 3 Myths about Clinical Research Billing Compliance
Risks to Guard Against for Clinical Research Billing

CTSA Publications About Research Coordinators

Clinical Research Coordinator Job Description Recommendations (2012)
CTSA Training Elements of Clinical Research Coordination (2012)
Coordinator Resources Recommended by National CTSA Committee (2012)
RC Unplugged: What Should be on Your Stop-Doing List”

Commercial Certification and Education

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) | USC Feb 2015 Event
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Comparison of SoCRA & ACRP Certification
Barnett Educational Services

Research Coordinator Advisory Group

OPRS and the Research Coordinator Advisory Group work together to facilitate improvement in the clinical research process by bringing attention to current challenges. These meetings lead to RC education sessions, policy review and guide RC bulletin content.

Research Opportunities at USC

Explore the USC website Careers at USC to find new opportunities for research coordinators. Search the job category “Laboratory and Research” for available positions at all sites – Health Science Campus, University Park Campus, Verdugo Hills Hospital and Norris Cancer Hospital.
You may also sign up to receive “job alert” emails as positions become available. See Jobs in Research.