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Admissions Policies

Clinical Research Coordination (CRC) Program applicants are evaluated not only on their academic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacity to meet program requirements, graduate and acquire employment as a skilled and effective practitioner.

Successful applicants possess these basic qualities:

  • Critical thinking
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings

Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum.

If an applicant needs to seek an exception to these standards or request reasonable accommodations, contact the CRC education coordinator.

To ensure safety, it is vital that clinical research coordinators are able to communicate clearly with patients who become human subjects. For that reason, candidates must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an equivalent examination.

CRC Program applicants are evaluated based on academic performance, an essay (spelling and grammar in addition to overall organization and presentation), letters of recommendation, and academic and employment history. If these criteria are met at an acceptable level, applicants are invited to a panel interview where they are evaluated on how they articulate evidence of professionalism, work ethic, motivation and relevant skills.

Additional admissions requirements (upon acceptance)

Applicants offered admission to the CRC Program need to comply with Mayo Clinic's policies and procedures regarding:

  • Immunizations
  • Occupational health review or physical exam
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Health insurance
  • Training related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality and other relevant topics

Applicants offered admission will receive more information about these requirements. Questions about these requirements may be directed to Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) Enrollment and Student Services at 507-284-3678. Failure to comply or provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.

International applicants

U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency status with authorization to work in the U.S. is required for admission to the CRC Program.

Applicants who completed high school or prerequisite courses outside of the U.S. should have their educational transcripts translated (if they're not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. Applicants are responsible for the cost of the transcript examination and credential evaluation services.

Equal opportunity

MSHS upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.


Our Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.

  • Feb 27, 2014
  • ART397899