The Associate Degree Track and Diploma Track in the Clinical Research Coordination (CRC) Program are jointly offered by Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC).
While there are application and course registration windows throughout the year at RCTC, MSHS only accepts new student applications from Nov. 1 through April 1 (with both tracks starting the following August).
Up to 25 students combined are accepted each year into the CRC Program.
Part 1: RCTC (rolling deadlines)
Prospective CRC students must apply for admission and be accepted by RCTC. You can apply online for RCTC admission.
Part 2: MSHS (complete between Nov. 1 and April 1)
Step 1 — Submit RCTC acceptance letter and your transcripts
Once you've been admitted to RCTC, compile:
- A copy of your RCTC acceptance letter
- Official transcripts from your most recent academic career and evidence of prerequisite completion
Submit these documents to:
- CTSA Education Resources — Clinical Research Coordinator Program
- Plummer Building, Third Floor
200 First St. SW
- Rochester, MN 55905
Step 2 — Apply to CRC Program through MSHS
After you are admitted to RCTC, complete the MSHS online application. To begin, create an account (click on "create account") and then select "application for admission."
The first part of the online application will ask you for your program of interest.
- From the "Mayo Campus" drop-down menu, select "Rochester."
- From the "Program Type" drop-down menu, select "Clinical Research."
- From the "Program Name" drop-down menu, select either "Clinical Research Coordinator Diploma" or "Clinical Research Coordinator AAS Degree."
- From the "Start date for which you are applying" drop-down menu, select the semester in which you wish to begin course work.
To complete the online application form, you must include the email addresses of two people from whom you wish to solicit recommendations; it's preferred that at least one of these be an academic or professional reference.
The CRC Program also requires a two-page typewritten essay. In the essay, consider addressing:
- How you became interested in clinical research coordination
- Your career objectives
- What makes you think you'll succeed as a clinical research coordinator
- Personal qualities, anecdotes or experiences that you believe make you a competitive candidate for the CRC Program
The nonrefundable $35 application fee can be paid by credit card during the application process.
Part 3: Reviews and decisions (occur between April 1 and May 13)
Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Students being considered for acceptance will be invited for a panel interview with program leadership. Expenses you incur related to the interview, such as travel, lodging and meals, are not reimbursed.
Offers of admission are mailed in mid-May after interviews are complete.
If you are offered admission to the CRC Program, you must confirm your acceptance within two weeks to ensure a spot in your track.
Before the start of the fall semester, you must also complete several additional requirements, such as a background check and drug screen. Review the CRC Program's admissions policies for details.